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Final year nurses and midwives at University of Hull to help NHS fight COVID-19

Almost 200 final year nursing and midwifery students are poised to provide patient care in response to the call from the NHS to boost the workforce to support the fight against Coronavirus.

Final year student nurses and midwives have volunteered to extend their final year clinical placements and will take up temporary, paid roles to boost the NHS frontline.

As part of the plan, Faculty of Health Sciences colleagues have also stepped up to provide additional support and training to those students during their placement.

Dr David Barrett, Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences, said:

“We recognise the pressure the NHS faces at this time and we are committed to supporting our practice colleagues in any way we can.

“I am proud that all our students and staff are contributing to tackling this unprecedented challenge in many different ways. For those nursing and midwifery students that are able to join the frontline immediately, the knowledge and skills that they bring will be a huge asset to the NHS.

“As a Faculty, our staff will continue to provide students with the support and guidance they need to safely deliver compassionate, high-quality care at this difficult time.”

Bethaney Nicolson, final-year nursing student and course representative, said:

“We have all experienced a mixture of emotions recently about joining the NHS at this time. But we’re at the end of our course – and we want to be nurses after all – so the time has come to step up.

“We have all been supporting each other and helping one another push through these emotions. We know that now is the time to rise above it all.

“I will find out at the end of the week where my placement will be. My preferred location is Grimsby hospital and I have applied for Accident and Emergency, HDU and Cardiology. I am waiting to hear – but whatever happens, I will be ready.”

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