Students on Childcare Courses Invited to Temporarily Work in Creches

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

Ireland“Third-level students on childcare courses will be eligible to work in early learning and childcare providers on a temporary basis to relieve staffing pressures in the sector …” (more)

[David O’Connell, University Times, 13 December]

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Third Level Examinations and Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students returning from placements in healthcare settings such as student nurses will be expected to sit in-person exams; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Student Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the advice that has issued from his Department to third-level colleges in relation to student placements at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Student Nurses protest poor conditions and pay in INMO protest

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

Ireland“Over 200 people have attended a protest outside Leinster House to protest poor placement conditions and pay for Student Nurses. Student nurses and midwives have called for payment and better working conditions for quite some time …” (more)

[Michael Bolton, SIN, 16 November]

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Student nurses pay deal approved for €100 weekly accommodation allowance

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed to new pay measures for student nurses which will see a new accommodation allowance of €100 from next January. The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly briefed Ministers on a new report looking at longer term options for student nurses and midwives pay …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Student nurses protest poor pay and placement conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses were being left ‘sleep deprived’ from having to work part-time jobs alongside their placements in hospitals, in order to afford accommodation and the cost of college …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Student Nurses, Midwives Protest at Dáil Over Unpaid Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Around 100 people assembled at the Dáil this afternoon to protest the decision to scrap the pandemic placement grant for student nurses and midwives. Attendees held signs saying ‘why are nurses priceless but penniless?’ and ‘education not exploitation’…” more)

[Mairead Maguire and Emer Moreau, University Times, 2 November]

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One Third of Student Nurses, Midwives Yet to Receive COVID Grant

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An estimated one third of student nurses and midwives have yet to be paid the backdated pandemic placement grant due to technical and tax difficulties. €100 per week worked during the pandemic was promised to student nurses and midwives …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 20 July]

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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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Student nurses, midwives and doctors to be hired as Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination ramps up

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses, doctors and midwives who have not yet qualified are to be hired as vaccinators as the HSE ramps up the Covid-19 vaccination programme. The Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) is seeking nursing, midwifery and medical students who have not yet completed their studies to work as vaccinators …” (more)

[Laura Colgan, Irish Mirror, 4 May]

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HSE U-turn as healthcare students who refused Covid-19 vaccine now permitted to complete hospital placements

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

Ireland“Healthcare students who refused to take a Covid-19 vaccine will now be able to complete placements at hospitals following the National Immunisation Advisory Committee’s (NIAC) recommendation to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca jab. Nursing, medical and other healthcare students who were offered and turned down a Covid-19 vaccine were told last month that they could not complete clinical placements at HSE hospitals and facilities …” (more)

[Laura Colgan, Irish Mirror, 16 April]

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Healthcare students at MTU taken off placement for vaccine refusal

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

Ireland“A number of healthcare students at the MTU Kerry campus have not consented to Covid-19 vaccines offered to them. Radio Kerry understands that some of the students have been removed from their placements and a number will not be allowed to take up training placements as a result …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 12 April]

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Student teachers will seek payment for work placement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student teachers are set to seek payment for work placements in line with other professions, including nurses. Delegations at today’s ASTI convention backed a motion seeking to negotiate a payment for teaching work by students during their postgraduate Master of Education Course …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 6 April]

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Student nurses hit out at ‘cynical’ HSE work placements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses will leave Ireland once they graduate as a result of the ‘horrific treatment’ by the Irish Government, according to a student nurse who has worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. The issues facing student nurses have come to the fore in recent months, with calls for financial and educational supports for nursing students growing …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Irish Examiner, 6 April]

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Nursing students who refuse Covid-19 vaccine banned from taking up clinical placements with HSE

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nursing and other healthcare students who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 are now banned from taking up clinical placement in HSE facilities. The HSE decision could see some students fail the clinical placement module of their course or require them to repeat a year. The new rule relates to unpaid clinical placements and does not apply to fourth-year nurses considered part of the HSE workforce …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 31 March]

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Delay in paying student nurses and midwives returning to work unacceptable – David Cullinane TD

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

IrelandWSinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane has reiterated his call for the Minister for Health to immediately pay student nurses and midwives. This follows a Sinn Féin motion which was passed by the Dáil a month ago on January 20th …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 February]

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‘Step up to the plate and do the right thing’: Bill on student nurses’ pay due before Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A bill which would see student nurses and midwives paid the same rate as health care assistants is due to be debated in the Seanad this afternoon. However, Cabinet decided during the week that it’s not going to oppose the opposition bill in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 February]

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Government accused of ‘playing games’ over plan to send bill on student nurse pay ‘into the ether’

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

Ireland“Labour Senator Annie Hoey has accused the government of ‘playing games in order to avoid bad headlines’ after Cabinet decided yesterday that it’s not going to oppose the latest bill on student nurses’ pay in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’. Hoey‘s Student Nurses (Pay) Bill 2020, due before the Seanad this Friday, would ensure student nurses and midwives are paid at a minimum at the same rate as healthcare assistants when working in the health service as part of their training …” (more)

[Adam Daly, TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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The Position of Undergraduate Interns in Ireland

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

Ireland“While much has been written about the unsatisfactory position of graduate interns in Ireland and the JobBridge scheme, with deadlines fast approaching for summer internships this article will explore some of the rights and entitlements of undergraduate interns …” (more)

[Louise Kennedy, College Tribune, 14 February]

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Student nurses feel ‘let down’ by the Government

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses have said they felt ‘abandoned’ by the Government after their placements were cancelled due to the rising rate of Covid-19. Students also question why the scheme from last March, where the HSE offered student nurses from first to third year health care assistant (HCA) contracts, has not been reinstated …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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