26 January 2017
An extra £3m has been invested to support nursing and midwifery students with dependants to help parents and carers into the profession.
Whilst helping up to 1000 of our most in need students the First Minister also announced that the bursary is to be protected.
The First Minister said:
Nurses and midwives play a vital role in Scotland – demonstrating amazing dedication, commitment and professionalism on a daily basis.
“Improving financial support for students with responsibility for a child or a family member can help these students overcome some of the barriers to pursuing a career in nursing or midwifery and is based on what students have told us about the challenges they face.
“I also want to restate my commitment to protecting the non-means tested, non-repayable nursing and midwifery student bursary – something we believe is essential to ensuring a steady supply of trainees into the profession.”
— Edinburgh Napier Uni (@EdinburghNapier) January 25, 2017
— RCN Students (@RCNStudents) January 25, 2017
Watch the First Minister speaking to Edinburgh Napier University at their Sighthill campus about producing high quality nursing staff and midwifery students.
This photo on Instagram shows students at work in the simulation centre at the School of Health and Social Care in Edinburgh Napier University.
This week the First Minister announced an increase in financial support for nursing and midwifery students with dependants to help parents and carers into the workforce. The number of Scottish Government-funded university places for those starting nursing and midwifery training will increase by 4.7% in 2017-18, bringing the total intake to 3,360 places – the fifth successive annual increase. This picture shows #nursingstudents at Edinburgh Napier University.