Readers’ panel: Is the NMC right to regulate the nursing associate role?
The Nursing and Midwifery Council recently confirmed that it will be the regulator for the new nursing associate role. Nursing Standard asks its readers’ panellists if they agree with the move
Stephanie Cumming is a practice nurse in Warwickshire
Absolutely. I am a firm believer that all healthcare roles providing direct clinical care, from healthcare assistant to registered nurse, should be regulated in the interests of public safety. Although it could be argued that regulating nursing associates promotes a cheap replacement for registered nurses, and the NMC is already struggling with a backlog of fitness to practise cases, it is still the right body to regulate nursing associates.
Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London @drew_london...
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