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We asked our readers in 2005 to write a charter for nursing students. It was obviously a subject that struck close to the hearts of students and qualified nurses alike.
The wish list included the desire to boost student finances, better mentorship for students on placements, childcare support, and full supernumerary status for students.
We used these responses to shape Charter for Change, a campaign to fight for a better future for students. The aims of the campaign were as follows:
Our launch article ended with the words from Niamh Mannering, from Wembley, who had just finished her first year at Thames Valley University. She warns: 'I have met students who are dropping out of university because of their bad experiences on wards. To be fair, I think the thought has crossed most nursing students' minds.
'The demands on nursing students can be harsh and stressful. Serious changes need to be made to keep and recruit more student nurses. Let us just hope these changes come in the near future and not in ten years when there will be major nurse shortages in the UK.'