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What it’s like training as a nursing associate

Recruits to the newest role in UK nursing reveal their experiences in a new study
Trainee nursing associates who were among the first to qualify for the role discussed their experiences of training and on the wards

Recruits to the newest role in UK nursing reveal their experiences in a new study

  • Greater responsibility and a potential route into a career as a registered nurse were factors that attracted many to the role
  • Nursing associates say their experiences during training gave them a new understanding of procedures they had previously undertaken
  • Despite initial scepticism across the profession, the role has expanded opportunities for the existing support workforce

The arrival of nursing associates marked a once-in-a-generation change to the UK nursing landscape.

The first cohort to complete training for nursings newest role joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register at the end of January 2019.

The role promised a number of benefits for individuals

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