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Professional registration and employment considerations for registered nurses who work in social care settings

7 Feb 2018

New RCN guidance for registered nurses working in social care settings in Northern Ireland

The range of environments in which registered nurses practise is continuously developing in response to the needs of patients and clients. One of the most significant developments in terms of the provision of health and social care in Northern Ireland has been the growth of community-based care for people with mental ill-health and people with learning disability.

As a result, registered nurses who were formerly employed in hospital settings are now increasingly providing care via a social care model, supporting people to live as independently as possible in the community. 

The RCN in Northern Ireland has now published a guidance document providing information for registered nurses regarding professional registration and employment considerations should they currently work in a social care setting, or wish to consider employment in a social care setting.