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While students who are required to do co-op or internships are being paid at least minimum wage for their work, nursing students are not being compensated at their placements/clinicals. As nursing students spend more time at school their hours at placements and clinicals increase as well. For example, at Ryerson for first years first semester it is a month and then once a week in second semester. Second year nursing students start once a week and second semester is twice a week, third year it is twice a weeks for the whole year and fourth year they are given a Preceptor’s schedule, a full time nurse. During fourth year they could be scheduled weekends, nights or during the day (minus the class days and no night shift before class). For all the work they put in they do not get compensated at all.
Instead, nursing students are left with paying for tuition, which is around $4000 per semester, textbooks, commuting expenses to school and their placement. Between splitting their time at school, studying and placements they have no time to work a part time job. With all these expenses over the four years, nurses are left with loads of debt after graduation.
Our campaign hopes to bring awareness and attention to have nurses compensated for their work and pay for their pay through school. Your signature will allow us to increase awareness and get nurses the rights every working student should have.
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