Sunday, 13 December 2015

NHS Bursary Outrage!

I don’t know if you are aware of George Osborne’s plans to cut the NHS Bursary scheme for students, but I need to rant about it because how is it possible that some Tosser I have never met has some how managed to single handily shatter my dreams? and potentially the National Health Service.

I will be talking about this mainly from the POV of an ex student nurse who wanted to reapply in 2016. But might I also add that the proposed cut to the bursaries will not just affect Student Nurses but students of Chiropody/Podiatry, Operating Department Practitioner, Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy, Orthotics/Prosthetics, Dentistry, Orthoptics, Dietetics/Nutrition, Physiotherapy Medical, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy too.

So pretty much the entire NHS right?

Anyway.

I originally started my Student Nurse (SN) Training back in 2007 along side my job that I had at the time, but due to both financial and personal circumstances ended up dropping out after about a year and a half.


I know many people who are unaware of how difficult the Nursing course is, and will probably just say to SN's to get a part time job, but I know from experience that it really isn't that easy, and they risk burning the candle at both ends if they do decide to get a job!

SN’s are not like your average students, for those of you who don’t know, the course is delivered 50/50 between practice and placement. SN’s spend half of their time working in clinical settings along side qualified nurses and hospital staff, getting the very much needed practical experience. Caring for, looking after and supporting patients day in day out without a murmur that they are technically being extorted for their work due to the pittance that the bursary adds up to.

SN's not only endure the long hours whilst on placement, but also whilst undertaking the theory work too, they have 3 semesters rather than the usual students 2, the lectures run longer, often between 8-6 5 days a week, as opposed to the usual students 2 or 3 hour lectures 2 or 3 times a week.

SN's are generally mature students who have families to support, and don't go out blowing their money partying unlike others, its too much effort when you have worked such long hours!

I can't help but think that the idea of ditching the bursaries is coming from the current conflicts abroad....

I don't think I'd be wrong if I said I can see a dramatic decline in SN applications being made, which in turn means that their will be a decline in qualified nurses, and mean that nurses will be hired from overseas, said nurses first language may not be English which then brings barriers between the nurse and could lead to errors in judgement!

‪#‎bursaryorbust‬ ‪#‎paynotpoverty‬ ‪#‎bursariesnotbombs‬