#WeNurses - Thursday 17th October 2019 8pm (GMT Standard Time) The Nursing Associates Role

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In January this year the first Nursing Associates became registered with the NMC.  This is a new role in healthcare that has been developed by the government  in response to the Shape of Caring review and is “designed to help bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses” and “will contribute to the core work of nursing, freeing up registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical care” ( NMC 2019)  You can find out more about the Nursing Associate role HERE in the NMC Standards of proficiency for nursing associates. 

This #WeNurses Tweetchat aims to explore the role of the nursing associate and how the role works in practice. Some of the following questions will be explored:

  • What defines the role of the nursing associate? How does this differ from the role of the registered nurse?
  • How does the role of the nursing associate work in reality? 
  • What are the benefits of the nursing associate role?
  • What are the challenges of the nursing associate role?
  • How can nurses and nursing associates support one another in order to work together for the benefit of the people we care for?
  • With this being a new role how can we ensure that people are clear on the role of the nursing associate? 
  • Given all of the above …. do you think that there should be a separate “We” community for nursing associates to help define the roles but also ensure that Nursing Associates have support and a community? 


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