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NI students encouraged to take up nursing

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Northern Ireland's health minister has launched a campaign to encourage more students to become mental health or learning disability nurses.

The campaign is recognition of shortages of nurses in both fields as well as a response to the Bamford Review of 2006, which concluded that Northern Ireland's mental heath service needed a major overhaul.

Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Ulster and the Open University are all participating in the campaign which also has the support of RCN Scotland.

Mr McGimpsey said: ‘A career in these branches means working with people among the most vulnerable in our society. It is a real challenge, and needs individuals with commitment, but the payback is the knowledge that you can make a difference to people and their families.'

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