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Mobilised against Covid-19, French nursing students run late on training schedule

During the first peak of Covid-19 cases in France, 80% of nursing students took on support roles in hospitals and clinics.
During the first peak of Covid-19 cases in France, 80% of nursing students took on support roles in hospitals and clinics. © france24
By: Claire PACCALIN | Julia GUGGENHEIM
7 min

Since this spring, French nursing students have supported medical staff in hospitals and clinics to help them deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The experience has been very positive, and nursing students have proved extremely useful during the ongoing public health crisis. But instead of learning technical skills related to their nursing studies, most of them have found themselves in low-skilled hospital roles, or working on the national Covid-19 telephone hotline.

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FRANCE 24’s reporters Julia Guggenheim and Claire Paccalin met with nursing students who say that while they are pleased to help, they are concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on their nursing studies. 

 

 

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