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 still reaching for financial relief

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

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the fight for paid placements during the global Covid-19 crisis. The INMO has released a statement pleading with the government to reinstate the temporary HCA initiative, that was opened last March and ended shortly after …” (more)

[Caitlin Reddie, Limerick Voice, 11 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)

[, 2 November]

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‘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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In the School of Medicine, a Damning Report Begs the Question: What Now?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Few people are under the illusion that health-science placements are easy: long hours, truckloads of information to absorb, patients to care for and – in many cases – no pay. This newspaper has previously documented the gruelling conditions of a health science work placement. In 2019, health science students spoke about working two jobs to keep afloat, long days and nights, chaotic hospital scenes and no pay. One midwifery student went as far as saying that placement was akin to ‘slave labour’ …” (more)

[University Times, 25 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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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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TD raises concerns about Dundalk IT course issue impacting students

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What has been described as ‘serious concerns’ about the future of students on a social care course at DkIT have been raised by Louth TD Ruairí Ó Murchú. Deputy Ó Murchú says that around 42 students, who have just completed third year of the college’s Social Care course, logged onto the examination results system at DkIT last Tuesday to find their results for the year had been ‘deferred’ …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 19 June]

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Student Social Workers Left Stranded, Unable to Graduate Due to Postponement of Placement

Posted in Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 50 postgraduate student social workers in University College Dublin (UCD) may be unable to graduate this year due to disruption of placements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Work Masters students in UCD are required by CORU, the Health & Social Care Professionals Council, to complete 1,000 hours of placement work over the two-year programme. However, a large number of second-year students fell short of the placement requirement before UCD ceased sending students on placements in March due to COVID-19 …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 16 June]

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The unsurprising performance of our work placement students

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In my school in DCU we spend an awful lot of time angsting about our students. We worry abut how much they study. We worry about their writing skills, their attention to detail and their numerical skills …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 21 May]

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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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Students most worried about families’ health and work uncertainty amid crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health of family members and employment uncertainty are the biggest worries third-level students in Ireland have amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The online survey was conducted by GradIreland from 25 March to 1 April and 716 university students responded …” (more)

[, 14 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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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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