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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Ulster University nurse training fund ‘cut by almost £1m’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The Ulster University (UU) has warned a cut of almost £1m to funding for training specialist nurses will cause serious consequences for health care. Part of the role of its School of Nursing is to train already qualified nurses to be health visitors, community or district nurses …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 June]

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Harris: ‘All graduating nurses and midwives will be offered full-time contracts here in Ireland’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Health Simon Harris has claimed that all graduating nurses and midwives will be offered full-time contracts here in Ireland. 30-yr-old Harris was speaking at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation annual conference in Wexford …” (more)

[James Brennan,, 7 May]

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Latest: Less than a third of nursing graduates offered contracts by HSE

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Just 30% of final year nursing students have been offered contracts by the HSE. Meanwhile 70% have been contacted by overseas recruiters. A new INMO survey also shows that 78% of nursing students are considering emigrating when they finish their degree …” (more)

[, 25 April]

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Recently graduated nurses to receive €1,000 pay boost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Nurses who graduated between 2011 and 2015 are to receive a pay boost of more than €1,000 after the Government agreed to restore incremental credit for the 36 weeks they spent on placement in hospitals as students …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Religion a factor in teacher and nursing training

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The dominance of the churches in primary education here has led to an unusual situation at Dublin City University, writes RTÉ Education Correspondent Emma O Kelly. This year sees the full incorporation into DCU of three former colleges of education – the Catholic St Patrick’s and Mater Dei …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 August]

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Government urged to raise salaries of student nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The Government has been urged to boost ‘yellow pack’ wages for student nurses after a minister promised better pay for teacher recruits …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 23 April]

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Student nurses in protest against state ‘exploitation’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2014 by steve

“A thousand student nurses demanded to know whether their work was worth less than the minimum wage in a protest on pay …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Independent, 7 March]

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Student nurses in Dáil protest over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2014 by steve

“New nurses are seeking an urgent meeting with Health Minister James Reilly over claims that salary cuts are forcing graduates to emigrate or take up jobs in pubs instead of in the under-staffed health service …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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The future for Irish nurses

Posted in Life on October 29th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – As a newly-qualified nurse, with a first class honours degree in general nursing, I find it hard to take any satisfaction or even be proud of my hard-earned achievement due to the nursing graduate scheme that the HSE is introducing …” (more)

[Ciara Mulvaney, Irish Times, 29 October]

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INMO concerned over Haddington Road interpretation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has written to the HSE expressing concern over the way it appears to be interpreting the Haddington Road Agreement with regard to the new graduate nurse programme …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 July]

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INMO denies leaving nurses ‘high and dry’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland’s largest nursing union has denied its early departure from the Croke Park II talks left young nurses ‘high and dry’ because it did not avail of concessions which have now been afforded to new teachers …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 4 March]

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Nurses propose package to avoid pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Nurses have proposed that unions should explore the freezing of pay increments for all public service staff earning more than €35,000 as part of a package of measures to avoid cuts in existing earnings …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Nursing scheme undermines role

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Madam – As a first year nursing student, I must admit that upon hearing the details of the Government’s new ‘nursing graduate scheme’, I questioned whether my career choice was wise or not …” (more)

[Independent, 17 February]

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Government to specify plans to cut nurses’ pay

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is expected today to set out specific proposals to cut premium payments to nurses and other healthcare workers and introduce a longer working week as part of an extension to the Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 February]

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