Saturday 18 November 2017

Student nurses should not be paid to work

The experience gained on wards means that they will get lucrative jobs in the years ahead, writes Florence Horsman Hogan

I'm not a 'will I, won't I?' type of girl. Having made a decision, I'll usually stick to it. However, this week, I found myself very torn. Although I hate anything 'unionised' where protests are concerned, the marches against the phasing out of the student nurses' salary had me seriously tempted to go and support them. But eventually I decided against it.

As a clinical nurse manager and a nurse for 27 years, I have the height of respect for our current student nurses. They certainly have to study far harder than we did.

Many I've come across also work up to and sometimes over 40 hours per week as agency Health Care Assistants (HCAs) to pay for their accommodation and living expenses.

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