Dáil hears student nurse had to shower man after his toe fell off

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A student nurse had to help an elderly patient shower after his toe fell off, the Dáil has heard. As the TD’s debated the motion of pay for student nurses and midwives, Sinn Féin TD for Kildare, Patricia Ryan, read one nurse’s particularly gruesome account into the Dáil record …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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Student nurse says proposed €100-a-week allowance is a ‘slap in the face’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A 21-year-old student nurse has described her anger at the Government debating whether or not to allocate people in her role a €100-a-week allowance while she holds the hands of dying Covid-19 patients. Tessa Bock says student nurses have been recognised as frontline workers since the start of the pandemic last March. ‘We had to quit jobs, sacrifice our health and our families’ health and dive right into the middle of it all’ …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Paid contracts for student nurses have ‘more disadvantages’, report for Cabinet finds

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Offering student nurses contracts as paid healthcare assistants in hospitals would have more disadvantages than advantages, a report to be given by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to Cabinet this morning has found. The report said such a move, which has been called for by nursing representative organisations, would ‘undermine the graduate training model’ for nurses and ‘may have a displacement effect on healthcare assistants’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Student nurse pay review no longer reflects reality, union says

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ministers are set to discuss issues around pay for student nurses at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, with nursing unions reiterating calls for fair remuneration. In November, a review commissioned by the Department of Health and carried out by Prof Tom Collins recommended that the pandemic placement grant, a payment of €100 per week after tax, should be paid when student nurses are on hospital placements from January 2021 until the end of the pandemic …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 January]

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SIPTU says lack of consultation to suspend student placements will deepen crisis in health service

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Sunday, 17th January) said the lack of consultation surrounding the decision by health minister, Stephen Donnelly, to suspend student placements will only deepen the serious crisis in the health service …” (more)

[SIPTU, 17 January]

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Covid surge: Pausing student nurse training ‘the right thing to do’

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

Ireland“Suspending hospital training for student nurses to free up nursing tutors for frontline work ‘is the right thing to do’, given the pressures facing the health system, the Minister for Health has said. Stephen Donnelly said training for first, second and third-year students was being suspended ‘just for a few weeks’ while the health service battles a surge in Covid-19 cases …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 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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Student nurses and midwives deserve fair pay without delay – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called on the Minister for Health to stop delaying and to pay student nurses and midwives now. Sinn Féin will bring a motion to the Dáil on Wednesday to ensure student nurses and midwives receive fair pay. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 January]

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INMO Calls for ‘Protections and Pay’ for Student Nurses and Midwives

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

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said that protections are needed for student nurses and midwives who have to do placements in hospitals where the coronavirus has broken out …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Paying Nursing Students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In my department in DCU, our third year students will soon go out on work placement (INTRA). Most will be paid the minimum wage at least: that’s about €400 per week. There was a time, during the financial crisis, when employers took advantage of the situation and did not pay students at all but thankfully those days are behind us – as far as I know …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 12 January]

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A Miserly Placement Grant Proposal That Added Insult to Injury

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Irish hospitals buckled under unprecedented strain amid a surge in coronavirus hospitalisations, this newspaper reported on a proposal which would have seen student nurses and midwives receive a €100 grant for their time spent working on placement. In theory, the placement grant proposal was an opportunity to make amends, to let student nurses and midwives know that they are valued after the government voted against a motion in December supporting payment for placement (not to mention the fact that Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly didn’t show up for the debate on the motion itself) …” (more)

[University Times, 10 January]

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SIPTU says more support needed for student nurses and midwives during pandemic

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

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have called for more support for student nurses and midwives than the recommendations outlined in a Short Term Review of Clinical Placement Allowances published yesterday (Monday, 4th January) by the Department of Health. SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 5 January]

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Student nurse and midwife pay must reflect Covid risk – David Cullinane TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called for student nurse and midwife pay to better reflect Covid-19 risk with high hospitalisations. The Waterford TD also called on the Minister to engage urgently with the health unions. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 January]

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Students nurses ‘deeply disappointed’ with ‘obsolete’ report and €100 weekly grant

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

Ireland“Student representatives of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are ‘deeply disappointed’ with a report into the treatment of student nurses and midwives and the offer of a €100 weekly grant from the Department of Health …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 4 January]

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Student nurses should be paid €100 per week during pandemic, report recommends

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

Ireland“Student nurses should receive a payment of €100 per week after tax when they are on hospital placements during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report recommends. The grant would be paid to students while the pandemic continues and would cost €5.4 million if backdated to September …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 4 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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Taoiseach told of student nurses’ concerns as early as last summer

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

Ireland“Shortly after 3.30pm on September 2nd, Taoiseach Micheál Martin sent an email to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. He was following up on correspondence received from a student nurse who expressed concern about unpaid placements in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Martin wanted Donnelly to have the student’s points examined and to let him know what he found out …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Student nurses to engage with reviews into pay and conditions

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

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are to engage with two independently-verified reviews of their remuneration and conditions that have been established by the Government. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly had proposed the reviews and that the details of how they would operate had been finalised on Wednesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 December]

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Student nurses rostered for work should be paid, Taoiseach says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are rostered to work should be paid by their employers, the Taoiseach has said. But he warned such a situation would cause problems for the nursing degree programme, potentially bringing it back to the apprenticeship model, and reducing the quality of nurse education …” (more)

[James Ward, BreakingNews.ie, 15 December]

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Pay student nurses higher allowances for working during Covid-19, urges Harris

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

Ireland“Student nurses should be paid higher allowances for working during Covid-19, Higher and Further Education Minister Simon Harris has said. The former health minister said it is ‘right’ and ‘appropriate’ that student nurses are paid for working during the pandemic and he would like to see “immediate action” next month following a review …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 14 December]

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