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Nursing Support Workers' Day

23 November

On Nursing Support Workers’ Day, we celebrated the vital contribution nursing support workers make in caring for the health of our nation.

Nursing support workers are the bedrock of our wards, clinics and community teams working with everyone from children to adults in all aspects of physical and mental health.

The term ’nursing support worker’ encompasses hundreds of different job titles and roles, including health care support workers, assistant practitioners, nursing associates and health care assistants.

Nurses are often the greatest advocates of our nursing support workforce, recognising the vital, skilled and compassionate work they undertake.

Nursing support workers can work independently, alongside nurses and as part of wider multidisciplinary teams in all health and social care settings. They have a critical role to play in delivering high quality care and excellent outcomes for patients.

That’s why we asked the public and patients to say thank you to nursing support workers everywhere to show our members and their colleagues how their professionalism is truly appreciated.

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Meet the RCN members going above and beyond for their patients and colleagues.

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Beating bedbound boredom

Assistant practitioner Rebecca Greenacre is helping patients to support their own health and wellbeing while in hospital.
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Time for teams

Senior nursing support worker Michelle’s initiative to boost staff morale has had a positive impact on wellbeing across her organisation.
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Supporting mental health recovery in Belfast

Robin Kelly talks about his dedicated and person-centred work with adults experiencing mental health problems.