When anyone can be called ‘nurse’, patient care and profession’s self-esteem are at risk

Why a new petition is calling for the term ‘nurse’ to be protected in law, once and for all

In the UK, anyone can claim the term ‘nurse’ and offer professional advice and services even if they have no nursing qualifications, experience or have been struck off a professional register

When is a ‘nurse’ not a nurse?

Many of us are becoming increasingly concerned at the growing trend of the use of the term nurse to describe a wide range of different workers. These workers have a a range of backgrounds and qualifications, but they are still referred to as nurses.

In 2017, I was joint researcher on a study that analysed 8,064 nursing positions . Of these, 4% (323) of post-holders were recorded as having titles such as


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