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Student Nurses to pay back £25k Bursary if they leave Wales



The Welsh government has revealed that student nurses will be expected to pay back up to £25,000 in fees if they leave Wales.

Last year the Welsh government announced it planned to retain bursaries for student nurses under the condition that, once qualified, Nurses must commit to working in Wales for at least two years. England announced last year that student nurses would no longer receive bursary and instead would be required to take out student loans.

Information on the 2017-2018 bursary scheme has now been published online.

Nurses who leave Wales within the first two years will be required to pay back a propionate amount.

  • 0 to 6 months – £25,000.
  • 6 months to a year – £19,125.
  • 1 year to 18 months – £12,750.
  • 18 months to 2 years – £8,500.
  • 2 years plus – Nil.

Additionally, Nurses who don’t continue to work in Wales will be expected to pay back any additional grant funding they received via the means-tested element of the bursary scheme.

Students who failed to complete their course will also be expected to pay back any fees and grants at a propagate amount.

Alison Davies, Associate Director of Professional Practice, said; ”The RCN in Wales is pleased to see this commitment by the Welsh government to maximise the financial support available to student nurses, with the aim of securing the number of registered nurses needed to meet the health needs of the people of Wales into the future, as well as the requirements of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016“.

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff




Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.

This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.

You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download. 

The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.

We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.

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Male Student Nurses to receive Bursary to address ‘growing gender imbalance’




Colin is a Student at the University of Coventry

Male Student Nurses will be eligible for a new bursary to help address the ‘growing gender imbalance’ in nursing courses.

Following the final withdrawal of the NHS Bursary in England, The University of Coventry has announced the availability of £30,000 fund to financially assist 10 male students in subjects where they are under-represented, including; nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, occupational therapy and dietetics.

Funded by the National Express Foundation Group, –  the bursary will give 10 men £1,000 in each year of their degree to assist with the costs of living and studying.

According to the official figures from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), men accounted for just 10 per cent of the total nursing students at UK universities. In 2016, only 2,800 men were accepted onto a course, compared with 26,000 women.

Following the removal of the NHS Bursary, the total number of student nurses fell dramatically.

Rob James, Academic Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University, said:

“We support all initiatives taking positive action to address unequal gender representation in any subject discipline, and this bursary does so across healthcare training”.

“While there’s lots being done nationally – and at Coventry – to encourage women into sciences and engineering we hope this new initiative will lead the way in addressing the persistent low proportion of men working in many healthcare professions”.

The new funding is believed to be the first bursary created specifically for men taking nursing and healthcare courses in UK higher education.

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