11 college pop-up vaccination centres at third-level colleges announced by Minister Harris and Minister Donnelly

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres will be established across colleges next week. The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff as walk-in clinics during Vaccination Week …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 22 September]

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Pop-up vaccination centres to be established on college campuses across Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pop-up vaccination centres are to be established on third level campuses across Cork next week. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres for colleges across the country …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 22 September]

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USI urges Minister for Health to back international students health insurance bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRe: Urgent need to support the Health Insurance (International Students) (Amendment) Bill 2021. Dear Minister Donnelly, On behalf of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and our members this is an urgent appeal to you to support the Health Insurance (International Students) (Amendment) Bill 2021 …” (more)

[USI, 28 June]

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Nurses to get backdated promised €100 pandemic grant

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are set to receive a backdated promised Pandemic Placement Grant of €100 per week by 1 June, the Minister for Health has confirmed. The payment applies for weeks when the students in question were on placement in health care settings during the pandemic, and was recommended in a review by Professor Tom Collins …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 May]

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No medical students have been hired as vaccinators, despite Minister saying they were giving jabs at vaccine centres

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“No medical students have been hired to administer the Covid-19 vaccine, despite Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stating that they were giving jabs at vaccination centres …” (more)

[Christina Finn, TheJournal.ie, 22 April]

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Rapid antigen testing may be used to allow for on-campus learning

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that rapid antigen testing for Covid-19 will be rolled out in colleges and universities to allow students to safely return to campus next autumn. The Department of Health published a report on the 1st of April which recommended widespread rapid testing systems for higher and further education campuses, especially student accommodation …” (more)

[Jamie McCarron, The College View, 14 April]

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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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