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Information for Supernumerary First to Third Year Student Nurses and Midwives

Home News Latest News Information for Supernumerary First to Third Year Student Nurses and Midwives
April 03, 2020

NMBI has collaborated with the heads of school in all 13 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), the Department of Health and the HSE over the last number of weeks to find mechanisms to support nursing and midwifery students as they complete this academic year in the context of the current pandemic (WHO, March 11). 

NMBI has collaborated with the heads of school in all 13 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), the Department of Health and the HSE over the last number of weeks to find mechanisms to support nursing and midwifery students as they complete this academic year in the context of the current pandemic (WHO, March 11).

Following due consideration of the educational programmes across the four divisions of nursing and midwifery, we believe that more flexibility can be applied to the delivery and experience of practice for students in the current context. This flexibility should give students the support they need to continue their programmes while simultaneously providing a valuable contribution to the public health emergency, while being appropriately remunerated. 

NMBI will continue to monitor the public health emergency in the context of the impact it could have in the long term on students and their studies. We will continue to also work with the HEIs to regularly review issues that we as the regulator can support and advise on.

Thank you to the nursing and midwifery students for their resilience and commitment in these difficult times.
 

Guidance:

  • Student nurses and midwives are expected to continue their theoretical study and finish out associated exams and assessments in order to progress to their next year of study.  
  • We understand that colleges have different arrangements in place and may apply additional measures to support education provision, service and student preference at this time.
  • We acknowledge that due to the current emergency it will not be possible for students to finish out the usual supernumerary clinical placements planned for this period of their nursing or midwifery programme. 
  • The HSE has advised that all supernumerary clinical placements will discontinue across services from 10th April 2020.  The HSE will incorporate students into the workforce to support a whole health service approach in responding to COVID 19.
  • Nursing and midwifery students (supernumerary status, years one to three) can, under the new HSE directive, apply for paid work with the health service as Health Care Assistants (HCAs). HCAs will be allocated in line with service need. 
  • Students who opt to take up a Health Care Assistant position during the COVID-19 emergency may with the agreement of their college use a proportion of their time in this position (up to a maximum of six weeks) towards what they would normally be expected to spend on a clinical placement.  
  • Specialist placements that cannot happen during this emergency will be reorganised for students to ensure that they get relevant opportunities to attain required competency for graduation. 
  • Colleges will review individual student circumstances, including any time that needs to be made up due to extended sickness, with the aim of ensuring that students will qualify for registration when the time comes. 
  • The option of matching hours worked as a HCA against clinical placement hours is only applicable where that placement could not happen or was suspended due to COVID-19. 
  • Students who cannot opt into the HCA initiative will where possible, with the support their college and clinical partner, be facilitated during the remainder of their nursing or midwifery programme to complete their missed supernumerary clinical placements.

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