Scottish internship open for applicants3rd March 2011
A new internship programme has been opened to help 380 newly-trained Scottish nurses and midwives find work.
Under the paid internship, applicants will be offered a part-time, one-year job, starting this month.
The programme will be available to those who have registered with the One Year Guarantee scheme with the posts paid at Agenda for Change band 5 (point 16) pro-rata at 22.5 hours per week.
Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “We have always guaranteed newly qualified nurses a job in the NHS, but due to a high number of applicants requesting extra help we have had to work hard to ensure that we can meet this commitment.
“I am pleased to say that the internship scheme will give newly-trained nurses and midwives the opportunity to utilise their skills and gain additional experience in clinical practice.”
With it costing around £45,000 to train a nurse, Royal College of Nursing Scotland director Ellen Hudson said the scheme would ensure the investment was not wasted.
Royal College of Midwives director Gillian Smith added: “We know if we don’t capture these graduates as early as possible we will lose them from the profession which they have chosen, this would be a waste of the three years intensive training.”
The positions will involve the offer of a one year, fixed-term, part-time, employment opportunity as a staff nurse/midwife in clinical practice, linked to rotational placements.
However, the Scottish Government has stressed the scheme is not compulsory and newly-registered nurses and midwives are still encouraged to seek employment through their own means.
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Title: Scottish internship open for applicants
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17744
Date Added: 3rd Mar 2011