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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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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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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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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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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Are you a student nurse? We would like to hear your views on pay and allowances

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

Ireland“The issue of pay and allowances for student nurses and midwives has been the subject of discussion in recent weeks. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has started a short-term review, expected to be completed by the end of December, of the allowances paid to student nurses in first to third year, and any increase in allowance will be paid from January …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 December]

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A Broken System, A Fed-Up Workforce – Student Nurses React To Dáil Decision

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

Ireland“Late on Tuesday the 2nd of December, the Dáil rejected a motion, brought forward by People Before Profit, to pay student nurses and midwives for working during the Covid-19 pandemic. The motion was rejected by a narrow margin of 77-72. The three parties in government all voted against the motion …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 3 December]

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Voting against pay for student nurses

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

Ireland“Sir, – In the Dáil on Wednesday night, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green TDs voted against paying student nurses who have been working on the front line during this pandemic. I am shocked at the Green Party voting this way; if this is part of the price of being in Government, it is a sad state of affairs …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Student nurses who lost work due to pandemic now eligible for PUP

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that student nurses who lost employment due to Covid-19 will be eligible for pandemic unemployment payments (PUP). This will be applied from the date of loss of employment …” (more)

[Breakingnews.ie, 3 December]

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Student nurses who worked for free in Covid wards may be paid

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

Ireland“Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is examining whether to pay a bonus or other stipend to student nurses who work for free in Covid wards around the country. Confirmation of the move, previously mooted, comes after 12,000 people signed an internet petition overnight calling for the 3,000 students to be paid for both the work and the risk they are running of contracting the life-altering disease …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 27 November]

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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 working on the frontline still not being paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are on the front line of the fight against Covid-19 are still not being paid, but they are hopeful the minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will listen to their pleas. The Department of Health is engaging with trade unions on revising the existing student nurse and midwife allowances for clinical placements, and they say the process should be completed ‘in the coming days’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 November]

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Campus accommodation to remain open around country with some in-person teaching allowed to continue

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

Ireland“Students and staff living in on-campus accommodation around the country are to be permitted to remain in their current housing but with no visitors allowed under guidelines for higher education following the announcement of new Level 5 restrictions last night …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 20 October]

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