ASK A STUDENT NURSE
'I can't afford to do my course, what help is there available?'
Can you advise this student nurse?
“I started my nursing course in September after working for a year so I’d have some money behind me. I knew I was getting minimum bursary because of my parents income (even though their money’s tied up in mortgage so they can’t afford to help me out) so I planned to carry on working part-time when I started, but the course just doesn’t leave me the time to commit to regular hours (unless I give up sleeping).
“My savings are going down far quicker than I thought. I can barely afford the travel to and from placement and my rent is going up in January.
“I just don’t see how I can carry on barely being able to feed myself, especially if work gets harder in second year.
“What can I do?”
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