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Educating nurses to meet demands of modern health care

It is essential that nurses are educated to degree level and NMC education standards must reflect this, says Janet Finch 
Janet Finch

It is essential that nurses are educated to degree level and NMC education standards must reflect this, says Janet Finch

In previous columns I have referred to the work that the Nursing and Midwifery Council has initiated on the education standards for the registered nurse degree.

Dame Jill Macleod Clark has been leading this work, bringing together views from nurses, students, educators and patients across the UK about the key competences that registered nurses need, now and in the future.

Never has so much been expected from nurses. They need to be equipped to work flexibly across care settings, looking after patients with multiple, often complex, physical and mental health conditions.

There are also rising expectations of the registered nurse as a team leader, coordinating and delegating high quality care, with an emphasis on health promotion and public health.

What is vital, and underpins

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It is essential that nurses are educated to degree level and NMC education standards must reflect this, says Janet Finch 

 

In previous columns I have referred to the work that the Nursing and Midwifery Council has initiated on the education standards for the registered nurse degree. 

Dame Jill Macleod Clark has been leading this work, bringing together views from nurses, students, educators and patients across the UK about the key competences that registered nurses need, now and in the future.

Never has so much been expected from nurses. They need to be equipped to work flexibly across care settings, looking after patients with multiple, often complex, physical and mental health conditions. 

There are also rising expectations of the registered nurse as a team leader, coordinating and delegating high quality care, with an emphasis on health promotion and public health. 

What is vital, and underpins the public’s faith in the profession, is that nurses receive an education that meets the demands they face in modern health care. We intend to develop education standards that reflect this, and it remains essential that the registered nurse qualification is at degree level. 

Fundamental review

We will also create a framework, making clear our expectations for nursing and midwifery education providers. This will go hand in hand with an independent, fundamental review of how nursing and midwifery education should be quality assured, bearing in mind the significant changes that are under way in the higher education sector with which we work in partnership . 

Fostering future talent will not only keep standards high, but provide nurses and midwives with a rewarding and fulfilling career.

 

Janet Finch

Professor Dame Janet Finch is chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council

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