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Readers panel: Should nursing associates pay the same as nurses and midwives to join the register?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has said nursing associates will be subject to the same model of regulation and the same regulatory processes as nurses and midwives, and has launched a public consultation on whether nursing associates should pay the same fees to join the register. Nursing Standard readers have their say

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has said nursing associates will be subject to the same model of regulation and the same regulatory processes as nurses and midwives, and has launched a public consultation on whether nursing associates should pay the same fees to join the register. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

If nursing associates are going to be treated the same as nurses regarding their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – with the same representation, regulation and restrictions this entails – then fees should be based on cost, not income. While I appreciate that nursing associates are paid less than nurses, if they were to have reduced fees, should nurses have a tiered system as well? A band 5 nurse currently pays the same fee as a

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