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New education standards will prepare students for the rigours of modern nursing

Reform of preregistration nurse education will not only affect students, but the profession as a whole. Lead adviser on the changes, Dame Jill Macleod Clark, explains her thinking
Dame Jill Macleod Clark

Reform of preregistration nurse education will not only affect students, but the profession as a whole. Lead adviser on the changes, Dame Jill Macleod Clark, explains her thinking

When the Nursing and Midwifery Council asked Dame Jill Macleod Clark to lead the development of its new standards for nurses entering the profession, she was taken aback. ‘I absolutely didn’t expect to be approached – I supposed I would be seen as something of a challenger.’

The last time the NMC had revised its standards for pre-registration education, in 2010, Professor Macleod Clark had been unstinting in her disappointment. She was chair of the Council of Deans of Health at the time: ‘I was very vocal on behalf of the membership about the fact that the NMC h ad not radically reviewed the standards – they had made

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