The Nursing Associate is a new health care role the DoH has introduced in England. The role is designed to bridge the gap between health care assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses.
The RCN supports the idea of a structure that enables health care support staff to become registered nurses, should they wish, but has also warned the new role must not be used as a substitute for registered nurses.
Responses to the consultation will feed in to changes of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, which sets out the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) powers and duties. The order needs to be amended for the NMC to effectively regulate the nursing associate profession.
The consultation is seeking views about how Nursing Associates should be regulated (whether the role should be regulated has already been agreed by the Government).
Express your views here.
The consultation closes on 26 December 2017.