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Nursing strike - What our student nurses need to know!

Nursing students! You may have heard that the Royal College of Nursing has balloted it's members and strike action is likely to take place in December. Read on to find out what the University is putting in place to support student nurses.

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The Royal College of Nursing has announced it's first strike action with dates confirmed as Thursday 15th and Tuesday 20th December.

As a nursing student this may be a concern and we have asked the University to confirm what support they are putting in place to ensure student nurses are supported throughout this time. They have confirmed with us the following information. 


We are sure that you will have some concerns in relation to how this affects your learning and so we have been having discussions with practice partners in the NHS to plan how best to support you. Our proposal at this point is for nursing students not to be rostered to shift on a strike day (full 24 hours period) and ESNEFT, the main trust affected, has agreed to this proposal. This will help allay any fears you may have about being 'used as a pair of hands' or not having adequate supervision.

For nurse degree apprentices and apprentice nursing associates we are proposing that whilst in home & away placements you would not be rostered for supernumerary shifts on a strike day. This has also been tentatively agreed with ESNEFT and as any strike date is confirmed we will action on this.

If you have any questions regarding your specific placement or need any further support, your SU Education Team is here for you. You can email us as sureps@essex.ac.uk or complete our live feedback form that can be found at www.essexstudent.com/education 

We've got your back!

SU Education Team x 


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