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Leader of the European Nursing Students Association, Saffron Brown reveals her agenda for next year.
The new president of the European Nursing Students Association (ENSA) has spoken out about threats to education budgets - and subsequent damage to the healthcare sector - due to the recession. Saffron Brown, a third-year child branch student at Northumbria University, was speaking after being elected this year at ENSA's annual general meeting (AGM).
Ms Brown, who was previously vice president, believes that budget cuts, stagnating pay and increasing workloads will challenge the nursing profession. As a result, ENSA is working with the European Federation of Nurses Associations to advise governments on how to preserve high levels of nursing education during the economic downturn.'In Germany for example, nursing students now only need a minimum of ten years in education before they are eligible for nurse training,' says Ms Brown. 'In the UK, a student nurse would typically be in full-time education for a minimum of 12 years before studying for a diploma or degree. 'Some European countries are also reporting a lack of job vacancies.'
Ms Brown wants to see nurse education standardised across Europe. 'We want to open up our organisation to more countries in eastern Europe because many of them now have the same educational opportunities as countries in western Europe,' she says.
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