You used to be able to do a nursing course without paying for the course and you got a bursary that you didn’t pay back to help you with expenses. I know, all the people that have to pay for their course are on about how unfair it is and why shouldn’t we be paying for our course like the rest of you guys right?
Well let’s take a minute to go over what student nurses have to go through.
- Uni 9-5 five days a week
- Two weeks off at Christmas and Easter
- A few weeks off at summer
- Start placement at 7:30
- Finish at 20:00
- Night shifts
- Bank holidays
- You have to make up any hours missed even if you were off because your dad died. Every single second you missed
- You aren’t supposed to be counted in the numbers but I bet everyone has been on the odd (or not so odd) occasion
- Petrol money and parking
- Assignments while on placement full time
- Part time jobs are near enough impossible. How do you fit in a job and time to do all your assignments when your week looks like this: Sunday-Long Day, Monday and Tuesday-Night, Wednesday-Sleep day, Thursday and Friday-Night. This was my birthday week. I got Saturday and Sunday off to celebrate my birthday.
- Paying for union and shoes
- You have to pay £120 to get your pin. You need your pin to get a full nurses pay. You have to pay this yearly for the rest of your career. It also keeps going up.
It’s not cheap training to be a nurse. It’s not easy either. You have to pay to be a nurse every year. The one bonus was that we didn’t have to pay for our course. The government is crying out for nurses and yet they made it even harder to become one. Am I the only one who thinks this is another step in privatising the NHS? If it isn’t government funded they don’t need to keep the course government funded either, right?