Free and safe parking for nursing students

Free and safe parking for nursing students

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Jonny Hughes started this petition to Queensland Government
Problem
Nursing students are required to attend upto 180-240 hours of unpaid placements each semester in order to meet required competencies for there degree. That is upto 12 weeks a year students are unable to attend there normal jobs and earn money to pay living expenses and working hours are also heavily impacted all year round due to full time study. During these clinical placements majority of facilities do not offer free parking to students and prices range from anywhere between $5-$25 per day.
If students are required to pay $25 a day for 12 weeks worth of prac that totals a wopping $1875. In some cases some facilities do not even offer there students parking causing us no choice but to resort to street parking which is usually limited forcing us to park further away from the hospital leaving us vulnerable and unsafe when leaving shifts late at night or even during the day in some areas. Some students have also received fines for longer then permitted street parking when there are no other alternative parking options.

Solution
Student should not be required to attended unpaid clinical practice and in some cases use there entire weekly pay check to pay for parking. Students should have somewhere safe and secure to park. Students should not be fined by the council for parking on the street when there is no other parking available to them.

Personal story
I’m am starting this petition because I am a full time student who sacrifices working hours to study nursing so I am able to care for help and advocate for patients who are ill. I recently attended a placement at a hospital where no parking was available to students. We were told street parking is the only option other then a shopping centre that was not very close in walking proximity with a fee of $20 per day. I parked my car 10 minutes walk away from the hospital and 2 weeks after my prac finished I recieved parking fines in the mail for nearly every day I parked there. Oblivious to the idea that I was unable to park there as I was not notified and therefore unable to rectify the problem. I am now obligated to pay hundreds of dollars for parking that was not even safe or secure for my time during this placement. Previously this year a student was also robbed at gunpoint walking to there car from a hospital in Brisbane and I strongly believe students should not need to put there life’s at risk to attend clinical placements.
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