Fnesi 2022 study: student health continues to decline

“The discovery after five years? An even greater deterioration of the WISEs’ physical, mental and financial health “, sanctions Fnesi, in its new study on the well-being of WISEs, the last of which was published in 2017. The data, which was presented on Tuesday 17 May at Salon nurseries by Mathilde Padilla, president of Fnesi, and Naïza Savignat, who is responsible for the fight against discrimination in the association, are final. WISE’s physical health continues to decline: in 2022, for example, 28.1% of them are taking treatments for sleep (7.8% in 2017), and 80.9% of them are suffering from musculoskeletal pain; 61.4% notice a deterioration in their mental health (52.5% in 2017) and 34% use therapies to remedy this (27.3% in 2017). 16.4% even stated to have already had “dark or suicidal thoughts” during their studies, warns Mathilde Padilla. In terms of economic situation, 52% of WISEs consider it “bad” or “very bad” (48% in 2017), forcing 58.1% of them to work alongside their studies and 29% to having to choose between paying the rent … or eating.

Harassment and discrimination

For Fnesi, the causes of the evil – in connection with the training – are several. Starting with the workload: In addition to the 35 hours of teaching or internship, there is significant personal working time (900 hours over three years in the reference framework). She also mentions the difficulty for WISEs to take advantage of university sports structures (geographically remote location of relocated Ifsi, schedules that overlap course or internship times).

Another explanation: bullying. 1 in 3 students declare to have been a victim during their education. New compared to previous studies: issues focused on gender-based and sexual discrimination and violence. Results: during the training, 26.4% of the WISEs stated that they had been discriminated against (age, appearance, origin) and 1 in 6 sexual assaults. A malaise that helps to take alcohol and drugs and weighs down the decision to stop exercising: 59.2% have already thought about it.

Suggestions on all fronts

Because of these observations, Fnesi insists that in order to alleviate bleeding from nurses, the solution is to “consider those who are [en Ifsi], by improving living and study conditions ”. And offers solutions:
for physical health: a revision of the education reference system with a restructuring of working hours and lessons, e.g. an investment in university health services;
for mental health: free consultations with a psychologist, a “massive” investment in mental health in particular;
– for the uncertainty: among other things, increase the internship allowances to 15% of the social security ceiling, provide free periodic protection in Ifsi;
for sexist and sexual discrimination and violence: immediate withdrawal of students from internships considered dangerous, a national platform for evaluating them, etc.

For Fnesi, “a profound reform of our healthcare system is needed”, and appeals to the ministries of supervision and regulators: “It is up to you today to take care of tomorrow’s carers. There is still time to avoid the collapse of our healthcare system.”

Pauline Machard


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