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Nursing associates and assistant practitioners: let’s end the needless rivalry

These nurse support roles are similar but different, and deserve equal respect
illustration shows nursing support worker standing between opposing boxing gloves in red and blue

These nurse support roles are similar but different, and deserve equal respect

In the red corner we have the nursing associates. In the blue corner… the assistant practitioners.

Will the nursing associates have what it takes to knock the assistant practitioners out? Or will the assistant practitioners hold their ground?

I’m joking, of course, as both roles are valuable assets to the healthcare team and should not be in competition with each other. But not everybody sees it this way.

Tensions in the workplace as assistant practitioners feel undermined

The introduction of the nursing associate role has caused tension in the workplace, with some assistant practitioners feeling their role is being undermined.

The assistant practitioners were first out of the gate. As a band 4 role, this was


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