The Scottish government has announced that it will pay all student nurses a bursary of £10,000 per year from 2020 onwards.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that it is important to avoid the issues that England have faced with a reduction in student nurses taking up courses.
Speaking at the SNP conference, she said, “In England, the number of trainee nurses has fallen dramatically as a result of the decision to scrap the student nurse bursary. In Scotland, we retained the bursary, but recruitment is a big challenge. And it will get even bigger as Brexit bites.
“So we need to attract more people into nursing. That is why I am announcing today a three stage plan to increase the support we provide. From next year, the payment for all student nurses – care experienced or not – will rise to £8,100 a year. And then from the year after, every student nurse will get a bursary of £10,000 a year.
‘We know the value of our nurses. We know the value of our NHS. And to anyone from across the UK attracted to a career in nursing, our message is simple. Come to Scotland.’
The bursary for student nurses in England was scrapped in 2016.