Covid 19 outbreak in GMIT declared by HSE

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An outbreak of COVID-19 among GMIT students living in Galway has been declared by the Public Health Department of the HSE. An email has been sent to all students who are living in Galway City by the Covid officer of the college …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 February]

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Covid outbreaks identified among third-level students in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Coronavirus outbreaks have been declared among the student population in Galway city, with HSE West identifying ‘many close contacts of known cases’. A dedicated Covid-19 student helpline is in operation this weekend for NUI Galway (NUIG) students experiencing symptoms. Galway-Mayo IT (GMIT) is urging its Galway-based students who believe they may have been exposed to the virus to get a test …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 February]

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University of Limerick to facilitate on-campus Covid-19 tests

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is to facilitate on-campus Covid-19 tests in a bid to prevent further transmission of the virus among students. The tests, carried out by HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare, come in response to a reported rise in cases of the disease in recent weeks in the Castletroy area of the city. These are believed to be associated with students in off-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 February]

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Student nurses feel ‘let down’ by the Government

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses have said they felt ‘abandoned’ by the Government after their placements were cancelled due to the rising rate of Covid-19. Students also question why the scheme from last March, where the HSE offered student nurses from first to third year health care assistant (HCA) contracts, has not been reinstated …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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Residents Not Notified If Positive Case Found In Their Building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity does not notify individuals if there has been a positive case of coronavirus in the building which they live or work in, with people only receiving notification from the Health Service Executive (HSE) if they are identified as a close contact …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 February]

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Student Nursing and Midwifery placement suspended further with COVID-19 surge

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses’ and midwives clinical placement has been suspended further until February 8 due to rising Covid-19 cases. The rising number of hospitalisations due to Covid-19 required the HSE to release senior nurses and midwives from supervision roles, for frontline duties …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 2 February]

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2,000 student nurses and midwives to leave placements to free up trainers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 2,000 student nurses and midwives are to be removed from their training placements in public hospitals on a temporary basis by the Department of Health due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on staffing levels …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 January]

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Review of allowances should look at other student groups as well as nurses – Siptu

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is expected to look at backdating any changes recommended by a review group to allowances for student nurses to the start of the college year. An interim review of the allowances for first- to third-year student nurses, as well as the situation for those in fourth year who receive a pro-rated salary, is scheduled to be given to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Thursday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Student nurses were sent to one of Ireland’s worst-hit nursing homes during pandemic, HSE admits

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The HSE has acknowledged that student nurses were sent to one of Ireland’s worst-hit nursing homes during the pandemic. Chronic staff shortages at St Mary’s Hospital in Dublin’s Phoenix Park caused a need for cover staff and students were drafted in to help out …” (more)

[Ailbhe Daly, Irish Mirror, 13 December]

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Education not exploitation – pay student nurses and midwives!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This year saw a major increase of pressure on our healthcare staff and facilities. The Covid-19 crisis put our frontline workers at a dangerous risk of contracting the virus. Nurses and other healthcare staff had no choice but to work through an unprecedented situation, in an underfunded two-tier health system, in order to keep the infection rates low and the public safe …” (more)

[Leah Whelan, Socialist Party, 10 December]

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University of Limerick to facilitate on campus Covid-19 testing for students travelling home for Christmas

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick will facilitate on campus Covid-19 testing by Public Health Mid-West for students who wish to avail of it before they travel home for the Christmas period. Along with the HSE, Public Health Mid-West and Mid-West Community Healthcare, the university has been working to ensure the best protective measures are in place for the UL community during this Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 4 December]

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Senator Hoey: Student Nurses ‘Can’t Live on Applause and Platitudes’

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been renewed calls for Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the HSE to end the practice of unpaid work by student nurses in hospitals across Ireland. The Labour Party’s spokeswoman for higher education, Senator Annie Hoey, called on the Government to act, reiterating that student nurses on the frontline ‘can’t live on applause and platitudes’ …” (more)

[Jack O’Gorman, College Tribune, 21 November]

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Student nurses and midwives are being exploited says union

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

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are being exploited during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has claimed. It said on Friday that students on placements in hospitals across Ireland were facing additional Covid risks but were ‘effectively being asked to work as staff for no pay’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Covid-19: UCC confirms a number of cases among students in campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has confirmed that it has notified the Health Service Executive (HSE) of a number of cases of Covid-19 among students in campus accommodation. The university said the appropriate protocols have been put in place …” (more)

[Barry Roche and Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Higher Education Institutions – Psychologists

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of recruiting an additional psychologist for institutes of higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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College announces Covid-19 testing facility

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email circulated to students this morning, Trinity outlined ‘two significant measures to make College a safer place for all of us’ in order to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. First, College announced a collaboration with the HSE to establish a free on-campus testing facility for people with symptoms of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Irish medical schools phase campus openings

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s six medical schools plan reopening this month on a phased basis for hybrid and campus teaching programmes while clinical placements have got underway …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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Medicine Students Told to Buy Own Scrubs for Clinical Placement

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Medicine students on placement this year will have to buy their own surgical scrubs, rather than getting them from hospital dispensers as was previously the case …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 26 August]

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Intern Nurses Will Not Receive Pay Cut After Graduating

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

Ireland“Student nurses who are currently on internships will not receive pay cuts when they graduate, the HSE has said. Student nurses have faced uncertainty in recent weeks over whether interns would be subject to pay cuts when they completed their internships, as the starting pay for a graduate nurse is less than that of a healthcare assistant …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 23 July]

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Athlone IT COVID-19 testing centre closes due to decrease in public demand

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

Ireland“The HSE has confirmed that the COVID-19 test centre which was operating within the grounds of Athlone IT is no longer operational due to a decrease in public demand …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 23 July]

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