Student nurses will be paid for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.
There are currently 4,000 students working in Irish hospitals.
WIN: Govt confirm that student nurses will be paid throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Our understanding is they'll be paid as healthcare assistants for any work done.
More details as we get them. Many thanks to our many union activists and student members who fought for this.
— Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (@INMO_IRL) March 26, 2020
Health Minister Simon Harris says they will all be offered contracts Healthcare Assistants and will be paid accordingly.
A Healthcare Assistant earns €28,000 a year.
This will allow students to complete their placement in an HCA role and continue to complete their course.
Health Minister Simon Harris has praised them for their work during the current crisis:
“I want to thank our student nurses and midwives for the brilliant work they are doing in this difficult time.
“We need all hands on-deck through this challenging period."