Covid-19 has shown that there is a need for a larger nurse workforce. Traditionally student nurses trained on the wards, receiving blocks of classroom teaching to augment the ward-based practice. Project-2000 removed this cohort , reversing the classroom/ward priorities; and the lack of replacements has resulted in too few nurses on the wards. Covid-19 has allowed trainee nurses to be drafted in to fill the gap, essentially going back to the situation prior to project-2000, albeit temporarily. This now provides an opportunity to review nurse training such that university training is not mandatory.