Students at one of the country's top training colleges for nurses have come out in support of their colleagues in the nursing profession.

They are pledging their support to the campaign of ongoing industrial action.

Nursing trainees in Athlone Institute of Technology said they wanted a decent pay scale and proper rights to be established for the nurses who are already working in the country's main hospitals.

They say this will mean they can avail of a proper livelihood when they conclude their training, qualify and try to stay in this country to work in the profession.

"We are the next generation so we are hopeful that we can get fair play, equality and the hospitals will be properly staffed" said one of the nurses who supported the protest at AIT this afternoon.