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Dear Colleagues

Please find details of information provided to the PNA re Offer of Temporary Health Care Assistant (HCA)Contracts to Student Nurses.

Nursing students will be contacted directly by their respective HEI's with additional details, it is envisaged that contracts shall commence from 14th April 2020.

It is our understanding nursing students in Disability, Mental Health or Children's training programmes, will be directed to apply via a direct web link which will bring you to the online application form.

Please have both pieces of communication below to hand when filling out the form.

1. Student Nurse Communication re HCA Contract
2. FAQ's Student Nurses

The HEI's have informed the students that their applications are requested by 7 pm on Thursday 9th April 2020.

Please note we are awaiting clarification regarding the following points:

1. Clarification as to how this role/ experience will be integrated into the student’s academic progression.

2. Clarification of the First Point of the Health Care Assistant Salary Scale from HSE/ DOH

3. It is our understanding Fourth Year Students will continue their Internship Period and in doing so will be paid at the first point of the HCA scale ( we are awaiting formal correspondence to confirm same).

We also wish to draw your attention to the following link which provides Information for Supernumerary First to Third Year Student Nurses and Midwives by the Nurse Midwifery Board of Ireland NMBI

Kind regards
Aisling Culhane
Research & Development Advisor