In Ireland at the moment, our State pays for student nurse's to train in University. The nurses pay a regristration fee - that's all. For their 4th and final year these students have to work nine months as pre registered nurses. For this they're getting 80% of a first year qualified nurses salary. Our government can no longer afford this and now say the students will have the salary phased out over the next 4 years - meaning they'll have to work for nothing come 2015.
As a Clinical Nurse Manager who trained in the 1980's - pre university education for nurses here- I don't see anything wrong with this. My take home salary is down almost 15% in the last year.We worked full time for 4 years in the hospitals for minimum pay. Our journalists, teachers, law students and scientists have to overcome rigerous compitition to get 'unpaid' internship. Why not our nurses?. Also with the health cutbacks biting hard in our ability to hire/pay qualified staff, many of us are now struggling for 'safe standards' never mind 'quality care.
There are massive street protests organised all around the country by the unions because of the proposed cuts. I feel that this is wrong - that we Irish nurses need to 'get real' regarding what our due rights are as opposed to what our percieved rights are for our students.
I'd be really interested in getting any feedback/opinions from as wide a variety of allnurses.com members as possible.