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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‘Fire-fighting’ coronavirus contact tracing hub in UCC stood down for now

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest HSE contact tracing hubs has been stood down with reassurance that it will be ready to go at moment’s notice if there is a second wave. Professor Ivan Perry, the dean of public health at University College Cork (UCC), who helped the HSE establish the facility on the grounds of UCC, said the vital ‘fire-fighting’ role played by staff at such centres during the pandemic should underline the need for more investment in public health infrastructure …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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University of Limerick will not charge rent for arena

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite its serious financial difficulties, the University of Limerick is not charging the HSE for use of the University’s Sports Arena as a temporary hospital, the Limerick Post has learned. The arena has been transformed into a €1 million field hospital to treat non-Covid patients and free up bed capacity at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Limerick Post, 18 June]

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Cork landlords urged to get strict on parties

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí, Cork City Council, and the HSE have called on landlords in Cork’s university precinct to help reinforce public health guidelines and crack down on house parties. In a joint letter to 40 landlords who own some 200 properties in the area, the three statutory bodies also ask landlords to tell their tenants that such party activity can directly endanger the health of vulnerable people in the community or in their own circle of friends …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 June]

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Student nurses deserve to be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The current pandemic situation has brought us all to a standstill. It is at times like this that we truly realise the value of our frontline staff: the various nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers who are going out to face this everyday. Imagine for a second that you’re in this position, imagine how worried you’d be, going into work everyday, afraid that you’d fall ill. Now imagine that you’re not even being paid for this work …” (more)

[Chloe Mant, Trinity News, 12 May]

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UL students involved in contact tracing

Posted in Life on April 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of the region’s main university have been involved in contact tracing in the fight against COVID-19 saying ‘the lists are long’ but they are hoping to ‘make a difference’. University of Limerick, in partnership with the HSE, has set up the UL Virtual Hub with over 50 senior health sciences students trained to engage in contact tracing …” (more)

[Clare Champion, 15 April]

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Plans Advanced For UL Temporary Hospital

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

Ireland“Plans are well underway for the development of a large Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) on the floor of the main gymnasium in the University of Limerick’s Sports Arena. It is expected that this temporary facility will be kitted out to accommodate between 120 and 164 patients, depending on staffing, on the basis of a Health Service Executive template in line with a similar one planned for City West in Dublin …” (more)

[Dan Danaher, Clare Champion, 13 April]

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Limerick’s UL Arena to have up to 164 beds for Covid-19 patients

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

Ireland“A call to action is being issued for healthcare workers ahead of the opening of a major intermediate care facility in the sports hall at the UL Arena which will potentially accommodate up to 164 patients who have contracted Covid-19. It is anticipated that work on the facility, which will primarily be a step-down and rehabilitation facility, will begin within the next week to 10 days …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 11 April]

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Six staff at Trinity College earned over €300,000 each last year

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

“Six members of staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) earned more than €300,000 each last year. No staff members earned above that limit the previous year. According to the university’s annual accounts, the top earner at the college received between €360,000 and €370,000 in 2019. In common with other universities that have medical schools attached, the top earners would be academic medical consultants and their pay is set by the HSE …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 10 April]

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University of Limerick delivers 100,000 visors to protect health workers amid Covid-19

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

“100,000 face visors are being delivered to the HSE after University of Limerick designed them using a 3-D printer. The project was carried out in conjunction with University Hospital Limerick and also includes the refinement of a shield used during patient intubation and ventilation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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Fourth-year nursing students to be paid more

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fourth-year nursing students who are currently working as interns in hospitals are set to be paid more, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has confirmed. In an update to its student members the INMO said that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive had clarified that fourth-year interns, who were earning less than Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), will now be paid on the HCA salary scale …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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UCC’s School of Nursing transformed into HSE Oncology Day Service during COVID-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork has made a premises available to the HSE to facilitate treatment for vulnerable cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Ordinarily the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC uses its simulation centre to facilitate and support student learning. However over the last few weeks UCC and the HSE have worked together to enable the provision of onsite clinical services at the centre, which will now be used to deliver chemotherapy to patients with cancer …” (more)

[, 7 April]

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