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Embracing the nursing associate role in emergency care

What can the role offer in the emergency department?

What can the role offer in the emergency department?

The introduction of the nursing associate role is one of the most significant changes to nursing in the 21st century, but what does it mean for nursing in emergency care?

Care and treatment in emergency departments are prescribed by emergency medical practitioners and advanced practice health professionals.

Driving factors behind the new role

The premise of the development of the nursing associate role was to address the skills and knowledge gap between healthcare assistants and the registered nursing workforce. While it would be reasonable to argue that this gap in workforce is not a driving force for considering the role of the nursing associate in emergency care, there are other factors that need to be considered when contemplating the potential of workforce transformation in the emergency department.

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