Although schools and universities have been closed because of the danger of the coronavirus infection, hundreds of nursing students instead will be sent into practice this coming Monday.
– “Universities with nursing curriculums where there is a strong potential of infection among young people, must stop sending students to practice in hospitals and nursing homes,” says associate professor Jörn Klein at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Southeast Norway to Klassekampen.
On Thursday, the Oslo Met canceled all classes for 2,000 nursing students because of the danger of infection. Yet, on Monday, hundreds of those same students will go in to practice at the country’s hospitals and nursing homes. Klein believes it is morally wrong to send students who until recently have been sitting close together in large classrooms, out to practice among those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
– “It is primarily the health services and those responsible for the patients that must make this decision. This is how I see they should do this and let us know if they believe that the students should go in to practice,” Dean Gro Jamtvedt from the Oslo Met told the newspaper.
Although, no message had been received by Thursday, that the students should not attend practice, Jamtvedt does not rule out that such a message may come.
– “In the situation that we are in, changes, new decisions and messages come in several times a day,” she says.
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