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Forget the bursary – nursing students need a new funding solution

As the college’s student members lobby MPs on funding for nurse education, RCN student committee member Kelly Hitchcock says it’s time to recognise the contribution nursing students make
Student nurses at demonstration

As the college’s student members lobby MPs on funding for nurse education, RCN student committee member Kelly Hitchcock says it’s time to recognise the contribution nursing students make

Once again, the issue of funding for nursing students has raised its ugly head.

This has been discussed many times since the bursary was scrapped in England in 2017 and is not likely to go away any time soon.

In recent weeks, calls for a debate in the House of Commons have once again seen the issue being discussed on social media, and earlier this month the RCN launched the Fund Our Future campaign, calling for at least £1 billion a year to be returned to nursing education funding in England.

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