If Hospital Staff Are Heroes, Why Do Many Feel They’re a Government Afterthought?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Student nursing interns face a litany of unanswered questions, even as the government hails healthcare workers. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing that’s become crystal clear to most people is how much we rely on our healthcare workers. Recent weeks have seen an explosion of public gratitude towards the country’s doctors and nurses, as they work every day on the frontlines of a health service bracing itself against a tidal wave …” (more)

[University Times, 29 March]

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Final-Year Nursing Interns, in ‘No-Man’s Land’, Battle for Clarity in Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“When Minister for Health Simon Harris announced this week that student nurses and midwives on placement would receive a wage for their work, many celebrated. The move means hundreds of unpaid, or supernumerary, students around the country won’t have to work on the frontlines of the health service – in the midst of a terrifying pandemic – for free …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 March]

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Student nurses to be paid for duration of coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses will be paid for working in the health service for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed. Around 4,000 student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant – which commands a salary of around €28,000 per year – and be paid accordingly …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 26 March]

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Govt looking at student nurses being paid – Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government is examining the issue of student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency and not getting paid. He said the Minister Health Simon Harris would have proposals on the issue shortly …” (more)

[Aisling Kenny, RTÉ News, 25 March]

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USI calls for student nurses to be paid during Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is calling for student nurses to be paid during the current health crisis. Standard practice means hundreds are in unpaid placements across the country to earn enough hours to get qualified …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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Student nurses must be paid for vital work – Senator Máire Devine

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has called on the government to ensure that any student nurse who is working in the health service during this crisis be paid for their vital work. Speaking this morning, Seanadóir Devine said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 March]

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Kelly: Student nurses must be paid for work during Covid-19 pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic must be paid for their work, the Labour Party Health spokesman has urged. As previously reported by the Irish Examiner, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for student nurses and midwives on unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic to be treated as paid employees …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Call for student nurses to be paid for placements during crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses and midwives completing unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic should be taken on as paid employees during the crisis, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has urged …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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UCC and UCD to give free course to help more nurses treat coronavirus patients

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork and University College Dublin are to provide a course, free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, to help more nurses treat patients with Covid-19. The National Foundation module in Critical Care Nursing is an online accelerated programme aimed at increasing the number of nurses available to provide critical care to patients with Covid-19 as well as to other patients who require intensive care …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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‘Times are strange and we’re being thrown right in’: Student nurses joining the frontlines in Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“From this month, hundreds of student nurses across the country will begin their unpaid work placements amidst the coronavirus outbreak that is putting unprecedented spotlight and pressure on our health services …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 March]

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Medical Students Remain On Placement Despite Covid-19 Threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students claim they are facing difficulties in remaining on hospital placement. UCD and the HSE are insistent they continue with their placements. Medical students must complete mandatory ‘placements’ in Irish hospitals in order to progress through their degree, consisting of practical work in a clinical setting. In a statement from a 2nd year nursing student who wishes to not be named; the Tribune has been told of a ‘miscommunication’ from UCD on the decision to continue running medical placements …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Many Nurses, Midwives Pulled from Placement, But Interns Still Attending

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Many nursing and midwifery students have been pulled from their clinical placement this week, amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but final-year nurses on internships are still being required to attend …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 22 March]

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Student nurses should be paid for placements as they help to fight coronavirus, says TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses on work placements across the country should be paid for helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Fianna Fáil TD in Kerry. Norma Foley says she has been in contact with nurses on placement who say they are working the same hours as qualified staff but without pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Space Issues ‘Critical’ in Nursing School, Says Report

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is rapidly outgrowing the space available in its D’Olier St building, a new report has found, leaving open the possibility that the school may move to the College’s Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 July]

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Don’t Do Striking Workers’ Jobs, Nurses Union Tells Placement Students

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student nurses have been told to stand in solidarity with the 10,000 hospital staff participating in tomorrow’s 24-hour strike by refusing to do the support jobs of the striking workers …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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Enticing nurses to stay in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – Peter Pallas (May 10th) needs to be made aware that nursing students these days study for four years to attain a university award of BSc. As any other third-level student, they must pay college fees and receive no payment until their fourth-year internship …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 May]

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70% of new nurses may emigrate

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The crisis of nurse recruitment and retention plaguing the health service shows no sign of abating with seven in 10 of the current crop of fourth-year student nurses considering emigrating following graduation. In addition, the majority of the class of 2018 – 57% – have already been approached by overseas recruitment companies, according to a survey by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 3 May]

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Nursing Students Criticise Trinity, Amid Placement Confusion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Nursing students have accused Trinity of abandoning them today and ignoring the impact the snowy weather would have on students attending placement. With Trinity remaining resolutely open this morning, even as other colleges closed their doors, nursing students on placement were left unsure what to expect …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 February]

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Study shows majority of nursing graduates stay in Ireland

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The notion that nursing graduates are fleeing these shores in droves in search of better pay and conditions has been challenged by a study which shows the vast majority remain here for work immediately after graduation …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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‘Worrying’ drop of 5% in CAO applications for nursing courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a more than 5% drop in school leavers opting for nursing as their first choice of career this year, according to new figures released on Friday by the Central Applications Office. The latest figures show those applying to study nursing are down 325 (-5.47%) to 5,629, while applications for places in other healthcare-related courses where salaries are generally considered to be higher have increased 219 (+9.7%) to 2,464 …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 14 July]

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