Nursing associates seek to raise awareness and improve understanding of the role

Nursing associates form part of the clinical workforce and help to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses.

Ian Snug
12 December 2020
Nurse speaking to a patient in the waiting room

They will share their stories, knowledge and experiences through social media.

Forty registered and trainee nursing associates from across the country are flying the flag for the profession in an attempt to raise awareness and improve understanding of the role.

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The volunteers with work alongside Health Education England (HEE) to share their stories, knowledge and experiences through social media, at regional and national events and across other channels.

They will be part of HEE’s Trainee Nursing Associate and Nursing Associate (TNA/NA) Ambassador scheme and support the ambition to grow the Nursing Associate workforce.

Announcing the programme James McLean, Deputy Chief Nurse, Health Education England said: “I am delighted that so many people have stepped forward to be a champion for this key role, highlighting why it is a great career choice within the health and social care sector, both as a role in its own right and as a route into registered nursing.

“Having ambassadors who have first-hand experience of the role will support the development, promotion and advancement of the nursing associate profession in England.”

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A relatively new role, nursing associates form part of the clinical workforce and help to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses.

They work with people of all ages in a variety of settings in health and social care.

The role also offers an exciting entry point into a fully-registered nursing career for a range of people including existing healthcare assistants.

Ambassador Zoe Bunney, first-year trainee nursing associate, University of Chester/East Cheshire NHS Trust said: “Being a trainee nursing associate has opened up a world of opportunities for me. It has opened my eyes to the different areas of nursing and how incredibly hard everyone genuinely works.

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“Without this programme, there would have been no way that I would have ever been able to afford going to university to further my career. Being a trainee nursing associate has started me on my journey to my dream career and I love every minute of it.”