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https://www.theguardian.com/society/...-health-nurses

The NHS will offer mature students a £5,000 bonus to become mental health or learning disability nurses as part of its forthcoming long term plan, the Guardian can reveal.

The payments are designed to tackle severe nursing shortages in two areas that NHS bosses and ministers have agreed are key priorities in which care needs to be significantly improved.

Mature students, likely to be those aged over 25, will qualify for the money if they agree to specialise as nurses dealing with either of those types of patients. NHS officials hope the payments, which will be called “earn and learn support premiums”, will boost recruitment.

Would this entice you into the profession?
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It certainly would but probably too old.
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Anything that gets the numbers up is a good thing, people are dying because there arent enough crisis workers etc
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Just one time? Given they've identified the working conditions/pay aren't appealing, this one off £5k bump in overall earnings doesn't seem to be addressing that.

They've done this with teaching too, though the bursaries are higher there.
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We don't even have enough doctors and nurses in total. This isn't increasing overall numbers, but trying to make them specialise in more in-demand areas.

Something bigger has to be done.
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lol

they shouldn't have scrapped the funding.

it wouldn't entice me. you go through nursing school for what, a 35k peak salary... and 50k+ debt? the rate of return isn't there. but all that is not valid if you truly love the profession.
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(Original post by ltsmith)
lol

they shouldn't have scrapped the funding.

it wouldn't entice me. you go through nursing school for what, a 35k peak salary... and 50k+ debt? the rate of return isn't there. but all that is not valid if you truly love the profession.
While that's true for the patients, an employer with that attitude to their employees is an exploitative POS. Knowingly lowering working conditions to the bare minimum (some would argue below) that gets enough staff, and relying on those staff's good nature overriding their professionalism is despicable.
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Why limit this £5k bribe to just mature students? Surely the NHS would get more years service from appealing to fresh-faced freshers? More years left of their working life, less likely to have dependants.
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'But both Munday and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) questioned whether the new payments may prove to be a watered-down version of a scheme the Department of Health and Social Care announced in May under which mature students agreeing to becoming district, mental health or learning disabilities nurses would receive £10,000. It has not disclosed any further details since then or announced a start date for it.
“It’s very hard to understand whether this new plan for £5,000 payments is actually a 50% cut in a previously announced scheme. The government appears to put infinitely more energy into announcing its policies rather than actually implementing them,” said Munday.'

Perhaps not such a great deal after all...
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This is amazing for me because I’m going to study psychology to do just this
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Considering the state of universities they may need nurses for those nurses.
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I am a mature student starting my mental health nursing in a March. Does anyone know if I will be eligible for this 5k boost since I already have a place?Thanks for any info,Ant
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(Original post by antwriggers)
I am a mature student starting my mental health nursing in a March. Does anyone know if I will be eligible for this 5k boost since I already have a place?Thanks for any info,Ant
If not, you could potentially defer your entry to get that extra £5k
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Haha I wish I could, I've handed my notice in now though. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
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(Original post by Spirithorse)
https://www.theguardian.com/society/...-health-nurses

The NHS will offer mature students a £5,000 bonus to become mental health or learning disability nurses as part of its forthcoming long term plan, the Guardian can reveal.

The payments are designed to tackle severe nursing shortages in two areas that NHS bosses and ministers have agreed are key priorities in which care needs to be significantly improved.

Mature students, likely to be those aged over 25, will qualify for the money if they agree to specialise as nurses dealing with either of those types of patients. NHS officials hope the payments, which will be called “earn and learn support premiums”, will boost recruitment.

Would this entice you into the profession?
Yeah, I'm tempted (though it's, of course, only available in England) but I know being a MH nurse is intense. It's long, unsociable hours, whilst receiving a lot of abuse and dealing with short staffing and not having the resources to genuinely help people in need. It's a stressful career.
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"NHS to offer mature students £5k to become mental health nurses"


That's just mad.
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