Posted: 23/04/2015 at 21:42
Just wanted to point out a couple of things. I am a nurse. Once you reach the top of your pay band, unless you get a promotion/new job in a higher band, you stay there. You DON'T just move up a band. Once at the top of your band, that's you. I have no complaints about my wage, as I manage well on it, however during uni it was horrible. Your bursary is only £500 a month (£6000 a year) which as a single person at the time was NOT enough to cover bills, rent etc. While on placement you are working full time (effectively for £6k a year) AND working on top to afford to live. I was working 70 hrs a week including placement (which is experience by the way)... when I could, however these hours were at times hard to come by and money was a struggle. We were actually told NOT to work more than 48hrs a week including placements but this was not feasible and people do not always follow this. You can't have a regular weekend/part time job as you are in and out of placements so not always available to work, therefore working on the "Nurse Bank" as a nursing assistant working as and when you could get shifts was the only way. Add to that the essays, classes and studying, it was a hard time. Like I said, I am not complaining about my wage which I am perfectly happy with and able to live off of comfortably, just saying that working sometimes full time hours on top of full time placement AND study was not a walk in the park. Living off 6 grand a year is impossible unless you live with parents.