‘Stop exploiting student nurses and midwives’: Appeal for the unpaid workers of the pandemic

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has warned the government that the ‘exploitation’ of student nurses has been intensified by the pandemic. ‘Our students are being taken for granted’, INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said. ‘They are facing huge workloads and risking COVID infection …'” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 27 October]

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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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‘Our health is disregarded by Government’ – Tired student nurses continue to seek financial support

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the call on the Government for financial support as they continue to risk their health in COVID-filled hospitals on a full-time basis …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 28 September]

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Ministers must step up and protect student nurses – David Cullinane TD and Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane TD and spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have called on the Ministers for Health and Higher Education to step up to the plate and protect student nurses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 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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Nursing Interns to Stay on Pandemic Pay Rates Through September, says INMO

Posted in Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nursing and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have announced that final year nursing interns will not receive a pay cut this September. In a statement made on Twitter on July 9th, INMO said: ‘… the Department of Health and HSE have agreed to continue to pay interns at the current HCA rate until the end of their internship’ …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 17 July]

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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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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)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 April]

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Student nurses could be fast-tracked to qualification to tackle Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of nursing students could be placed on the nursing register early under plans being drawn up to tackle the Covid-19 crisis. One document, compiled by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and seen by TheJournal.ie, suggests that nursing interns across the country could become registered nurses as soon as July – several weeks before planned registration dates …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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Claims emerge that student nurses not being paid for their work

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

“There have been claims that student nurses who are on placement are not being paid for their work. Last week Health Minister Simon Harris announced that student nurses would be paid for their efforts at tackling Covid-19. In light of the claims, Aontu leader, Peadar Toibin, has called for the immediate reopening of the written question facility for TDs …” (more)

[EchoLive, 4 April]

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Courage of student nurses

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

“Sir, – As nurses, we are writing to express our admiration of and gratitude to the country’s student nurses. It takes courage and dedication to step up and support the country in a time of crisis and student nurses are demonstrating great leadership and bravery in these challenging times …” (more)

[Catherine Clune Mulvaney and Catherine O’Neill, Irish Times, 4 April]

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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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