Most student nurses think of emigrating for better jobs
The vast majority of student nurses have considered emigrating when they finish college, according to a new survey.
The Union of Students in Ireland said more than 600 student nurses were surveyed across the country, and 564 (93pc) said they have thought about emigrating when they qualify as a nurse.
Kevin Donoghue, USI President, pointed out that attractive packages are being offered to qualified nursing graduates from abroad.
"It's easy to see why so many student nurses have considered emigrating once they're qualified," he said.
He added that a lot of those who move to England to start their careers have their flights and first month's accommodation paid for.
"Many student nurses feel a better life awaits them abroad," he said.
"Countries with a huge shortage of nurses such as England, America and Australia are actively recruiting Irish nurses - some are even offering them positions before they've finished their final year."
It comes as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said this month that a special recruitment and retention initiative is now required to address the critical shortages of nurses across the Irish healthcare system.
It said that the latest HSE figures confirmed that only 77 nurses had been recruited, despite a special campaign in the UK.
INMO General Secretary Liam Doran (inset) said that the reality is that until Ireland competes in this labour market, then we will continue to see an exodus of our young graduate nurses and midwives, to the UK and other countries.
The HSE launched a new recruitment campaign last July in bid to attract nurses here.