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NMC standards have a pragmatic approach to mentoring nursing students

Part two of the new standards state that 'all NMC registered nurses and midwives are capable of supervising students'

Part two of the new standards state that 'all NMC registered nurses and midwives are capable of supervising students'

In May 2018, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published its new standards, Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses, with part one covering nursing and midwifery education and part two covering student supervision and assessment.

Part 2: Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (SSSA) will supersede the Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice Standards, therefore removing the need for a formal mentorship qualification to mentor and assess nursing students in clinical practice.

Historically, the registered nurse was required to have undertaken a period of study and successfully completed a mentorship programme before being able to supervise and assess nursing students in clinical practice – for example the Teaching and Assessing English National Board 998 and 997, City and Guilds

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