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Tony Butterworth: Stop the assault on undergraduate nurse education

New pathways into nursing, such as apprenticeships and associate roles, pose a huge risk to the profession. Yet there is no strong opposition from senior nurse leaders, says Foundation of Nursing Studies chair Tony Butterworth.
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New pathways into nursing, such as apprenticeships and associate roles, pose a huge risk to the profession. Yet there is no strong opposition from senior nurse leaders, says Foundation of Nursing Studies chair Tony Butterworth.

Earlier in my career I had the great privilege of working alongside Baroness Jean McFarlane at the University of Manchester. The leader of the first undergraduate nursing programme at an English university, she was a fierce proponent and defender of nurses being educated in universities. I cannot imagine her response to the persistent offensive on nursing in higher education.

People who should know better have all but closed their eyes and ears, and are standing by quietly as new plans that dramatically affect the nursing workforce are eased into place in the name of staff shortages.

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