Of the news that Vaughan Gething AM has today confirmed that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2017/18, Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, said:
“An investment in student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals is an investment in our future in health care in Wales."
"This extremely positive news will encourage prospective nursing and midwifery students who will not have to take out loans to fund their education. Student nurses play an important part in the everyday operating of the NHS – spending 50% of their time in direct clinical practice and working full time shifts in their last three months of training."
"The RCN fully supports funding nursing education and we were pleased with the student nurse funding debate, tabled by Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Health Minister, which took place in the Senedd this year."
"Moreover, the RCN is waiting to see the effects of abolishing the student bursary in England. We will be observing the variation in nursing student recruitment across the four countries of the UK."
"In the New Year, the RCN in Wales will endeavour to provide further evidence to the National Assembly for Wales to support retaining funding for nursing and midwifery education in Wales."