Nurses stuck with 'foster families'
Some nurses who are wooed to work in Ireland are having to stay with "foster families" for several weeks and face restrictions in their daily living.
Kris Abragan, a Filipino nurse, told the annual meeting of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation that the foster families are used to accommodate nurses coming to work in Dublin hospitals.
"Some are very lucky to get a good foster family, but this does not always happen. One male nurse found himself living alone in a house with another woman," he said.
One foster family reportedly questioned why a nurse was showering every day.
Meanwhile, student nurses in Ireland who are training but must do placements in other hospitals also said they are having to pay €70 a night in hotel costs.
The delegates supported a motion to call for a review of the accommodation allowance for students as a contribution towards the cost of a clinical placement.