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First overseas-trained nursing associates join the NMC register

It’s now one year since the first UK-trained cohort joined NHS teams in England

 

It’s now one year since the first UK-trained cohort joined NHS teams in England

The first nursing associates trained overseas have joined the UK register.

On the one-year anniversary of the first nursing associate cohort joining the register, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) confirmed that three nursing associates who trained overseas have now joined the profession.

Kylie Weir became the first overseas-trained nursing associate on the NMC register in November 2019.

Equivalent to some nursing qualifications gained overseas

When Ms Weir moved to the UK, she discovered the nursing associate role was equivalent to the nursing qualification she had trained for in New Zealand.

‘It’s great that we’re registered with the NMC, it helps keep us accountable, not only to ourselves, but to all those we care for,’ she said.

The nursing associate role was introduced in England to bridge the gap between the roles of healthcare assistants and nurses and to provide a progression route to graduate-level nursing.

To date, a total of 1,560 nursing associates have joined the register, according to the the regulator.


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