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Nurses warn 'safe staffing at risk' under loans plan

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For years, secondment has been the obvious and preferred route of most non-registered staff in or joining our Trust with those who prefer not to wait until the opportunity arises having the option of taking a bursaried route into nursing and other allied professions. The changes to funding and removal of the bursaries have meant that every single person I have spoken to who has expressed an interest in training to become a nurse has said that they "will wait to see what happens" and none are planning to apply to start in September 2017 when this comes into effect. The end of 2020 may be a very difficult time to work in the NHS if we dont get the newly qualified we need. The secondment route makes so much more sense. Students have a sense of belonging to an organisation without having to commit their future to them, they have to have proved themselves in a caring role before being supported to apply which means a higher probability of a quality workforce and they get paid at a similar rate to HCAs which means they dont have to worry about taking on extra hours to pay for essentials like food and can concentrate on becoming the nurses we need as a nation for the future. I'm please to see that there is something that our profession will finally stand firm on!

Posted date

29 April, 2016

Posted time

9:16 am

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