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New routes to nursing, along with changes in the way students are supported on placement, may present a challenge to nurses

Expansion of nursing roles along with changes in clinical placements may add to pressures on qualified staff
People on different pathways head in same direction

New ways into nursing, along with changes to the way students are supported on placement, could present a challenge to nurses

New routes into nursing – apprenticeships and nursing associates among them – are coinciding with the reform of education standards. Together, these reforms have implications for how nurses support students on clinical placement.

Nurse leaders are warning that these shake-ups could combine to overwhelm registrants, who will be required to assess and help the next generation become ready to practise.

One of the new routes into the profession is the nursing associate. The first 2,000 nursing associates will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in January 2019.

What’s happening at a glance
  • Nursing associates, nursing degree apprenticeships and Nurse First scheme are all new routes into nursing
  • Less prescriptive NMC standards for
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