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RCN Scotland comments on nursing students starting their placement

Nathan Little - Student Nurse Studies

Responding to the Scottish government’s announcement about nursing students starting their placements, Royal College of Nursing Interim Director Colin Poolman said: “It is important to be clear that this cohort of nursing students are going in to clinical areas to learn as part of their programme requirements, not to be part of the workforce. It is absolutely vital that, even during the pandemic, nursing students have access to a safe and supportive learning environment and their supernumerary status as learners is retained.

“It is concerning to read a Scottish government press release which implies that students are acting as additional staff for the pandemic response, when this is actually a normal part of a student nurse’s education. With more than 4,100 nursing vacancies in the NHS alone, we need to ensure students are getting the best experience from their placements so that they are able to qualify and then enter the workforce as Registered Nurses.”

Page last updated - 17/01/2022