'My bursary was essential': perspectives on ending healthcare training bursaries
Reported in the Guardian (1 August 2017): ‘I take a home about £12.50 an hour – getting into £50,000 of debt for that is a joke’ – palliative care nurse from the north west
I qualified in my thirties with a young family. I was lucky my husband was in work at the time and that I got an extra allowance as I had young kids. There is no way I would have been able to do nursing without the bursary – today I would just become a health care assistant instead. Even as a nurse now for many years my wage combined with my husband’s barely covers essentials. What a joke that I would consider getting into £50,0000 of debt for a job with huge responsibilities, loads of stress and terrible hours. I take home £12.50 an hour.
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