Royal College of Nursing comments on Health Education England updated information for student nurses
Commenting on the Health Education England updated information for student nurses, Royal College of Nursing Director for England, Mike Adams said:
“We welcome the clarity offered by this statement, confirming that those students in England who stepped forward to work during this pandemic will have their contracts honoured.
“We are additionally pleased to see confirmation that any change to existing contracts must be voluntarily ended by the student, rather than solely by the employer – a key demand from students, who continue to be well represented by the RCN Student Committee.
“Student members are advised to contact RCND or their local representatives for support with any individual concerns."
Chair of the RCN Student Committee, Jess Sainsbury, said:
“Student nurses in England who are currently working hard on extended placements will feel reassured to hear that their contracts will be honoured.
A lack of clarity and information around this issue has led to confusion and distress, at a time when those who have responded to the pandemic simply want to focus on their role and do the best job they can for their patients.
“As things return to normal, student nurses entering supernumerary placements must be supported properly so they can continue to learn and add value.
“Student nurses should not pay for their training and recruitment into the profession needs urgent and proper funding now.
“It’s vital that the government responds to the RCN’s calls to forgive existing debt, abolish student-funded tuition fees for future students and introduce universal, living maintenance grants that reflect actual student need.”