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Student nurses were looking for work experience. Now, they’re on the frontline fighting Covid-19

Low stocks of PPE, a stressful work environment and the looming demands of coursework have left many students drained

By Amber Zafar  

A nurse looks at a mural painted in recognition of the NHS on the Falls Road in Belfast, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. These words are plastered on every television screen during the daily coronavirus briefings. NHS workers are hailed as heroes who put themselves at risk daily. But what about the 20-year-olds barely out of school who are now on the front lines of the pandemic?

Britain’s student nurses were keen to complete their degrees…

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