Why nursing students’ supernumerary status needs protecting
Students on placement are not counted as part of the workforce, but with access to this clinical experience disrupted by COVID-19, some see the status as under threat
As a nursing student, half your learning time is spent on clinical placements, where you have supernumerary status.
This status means you cannot be counted as part of the workforce, but instead are treated as an additional staff member on the basis that you are undertaking a placement to learn.
This does not mean that you do not work while on placement – students are expected to learn through supervised participation in clinical work, with the level of supervision dependent on your stage of training and previous experience.
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