Why Breton Nursing Students Change Faces – Brittany



Malo Le Gall dreamed of becoming a nurse. Since the class of 1st ST2S and the many internships in a hospital environment, the Finistère de Pencran felt like he had put the odds on his side. But Parcoursup has been there. “It’s not motivation that counts. The algorithm clearly disqualified me. If we had stayed in the competition and the interview, as we did for 2018, I would have had my chances. Annoyed, the 19-year-old initially thought about running this year. But he changed his mind. “Instead, I plan to refocus on the French Navy. †

Flora Larreur, she is indeed admitted to the Cavale Blanche Nursing Institute in Brest. Unlike Malo, de Saint-Divyenne had only put Ifsi as second choice. “My mother is a nurse, I know the healthcare world well. But to tell the truth, I fancied myself more in medicine,” explains the 18-year-old girl. After three weeks of classes, she finally dropped everything to refocus on the biology faculty. “There was too much contrast with high school, it was immediately too professional,” she realizes today.

It wasn’t motivation that counted. The algorithm clearly disqualified me. If we had stayed in the competition and the interview, like for 2018, I would have had my chances

Future nurses attend a lecture at the Red Cross of the Regional Institute of Health and Social Education (IFRSS) in Brest. (Lionel Le Saux/The Telegram)

Courseup changes the game

Like Malo or Flora, the Breton Ifsi has to deal with Parcoursup’s new selection rules. “Unlike registrations for old competitions, the click is free. So we have to investigate more and more files”, says the director of the IFPS of Lorient, Pontivy and Vannes, Véronique Lescop. That is 3,250 candidates for 305 places at the three locations this year.

Nursing studies remain the most in-demand in France and the Brittany region has announced it will open an additional 1,000 places for 2021 and 2022. But freshman promotions are in full swing. “The profiles are diversified, for example there are more professional baccalaureates and the average age of graduates has increased from 26 years, before Parcoursup, to 23 years today,” confirms Romy Poty, director of IRFSS Red Cross of Brest and Rennes. The other side of the coin: “Some students come for a degree rather than a future profession. They either row or give up.” What weakens the workforce? Thanks to the new ports (geographical transfers during studies, direct access to the second year after preparation for medical studies), Ifsi Lorient indicates that it remains in balance.

It is tense, studying is exhausting, with few holidays. But it’s still the best job in the world.

PHOTOGRAPH Lionel Le Saux / THE TELEGRAM.  BREST (29): training in first aid gestures at the Regional Institute of Health and Social Training IFRSS Red Cross in Brest.
Back to face-to-face for nursing students, after the covid period. Here, first-year students of the IFRSS Croix-Rouge in Brest are given first aid gestures training. (Lionel Le Saux/The Telegram)

“We need an extra year of training”

In any case, Théo, Raphaëlle and Romane maintain their confidence at the Red Cross, in Brest. When they arrived at school in September 2020, in the midst of the health crisis, these sophomores saw “seven or eight students drop out as early as November 2020″. Raphaëlle works every weekend in a home for people with disabilities. “It is tense, studying is exhausting, with few holidays. We would need an extra year of training to feel ready. But it remains the most beautiful job in the world,” says 19-year-old Plouvornéenne.

Romane may be concerned to see her 25-year-old older sister, also a nurse, talk about retraining after just three years on the job. “That doesn’t stop me from enjoying what I’m learning here. I need to feel useful, I’ve always wanted to do this job and I will. †

I have great admiration for this generation that says no but is not afraid to experiment and travel.

1,300 dropouts in three years

They were certainly less called upon to bolster covid services than their third-year parents, and are therefore not part of the 1,300 nursing students who resigned in France between 2018 and 2021. “Some had major financial or psychological problems and needed support,” confirms Romy Poty.

“We are lucky that we can do many different courses and that we have a huge offer. Last month there was another job dating at Ifsi, employers are running after us. Me, I leave myself until the end of the third year to decide where to go ”, says de Landernéen Théo, 21 years old.

We also know from the trainers facing this new “Generation Z” that we need to listen to them. “I have great admiration for these young people who say no but are not afraid to experiment and travel,” confided Françoise Huet from the IFPS in Saint-Brieuc. “It is true that they are very demanding and curious. But they also do not hesitate to interrupt their cycle to temporarily go around the world”, adds Romy Poty in Brest. In terms of well-being, Théo, Raphaëlle and Romane will also be able to benefit from all the new sophrology sessions in their third year.

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