Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced that student nurses will be paid for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.
In a statement this evening, the minister said student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant and be paid for their work.
He said this will allow students to complete their placement and continue to complete the course.
The minister said: “This is an offer and not an obligation. But I know so many of our student nurses want to play their role as we navigate our way through these difficult times. “