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Student nurses to receive 12.5% pay rise for internships under new proposals

Student nurses can now expect a 12.5% pay rise in their fourth-year internship under proposals to be put forward by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

The goal of this proposal is to bring the payment for fourth-year students during their internship to 80% of their starting salary as qualified nurses.

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Donnelly added that he is planning to extend the payment of a separate, existing €100 weekly placement grant for student nurses.

The new student nurse initiatives, which will cost an expected €6 million a year, will be briefed by Government parties in recent days.

The new proposals follow on from a review of student nurse payments and allowances commissioned by Donnelly last year.

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A protest is scheduled to take place today outside the Dáil due to a delay in publishing what’s known as the McHugh report.

Currently, student nurses receive an annual salary of €21,749 – €22,249 for their internships and are the only healthcare students who are paid for their period in hospitals before qualification.

IMAGE – Stephen Donnelly (via Twitter)/”Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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