NMC updates draft nursing associate standards and code

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has released an updated version of the drafts standard of proficiency and code for nursing associates.

Nursing associates will be a band 4 role designed to bridge the gap between registered nurses and support staff.

The initial draft of the standards of proficiency, published in October 2017, was aimed at giving universities access to proposed learning proficiencies for the two-year program.

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In the latest version of the document, released in NMC council papers, there have been several changes.

Nursing associates must be able to administer medication via oral, topical and inhalation routes, and give subcutaneous and intradermal injections. However, the document no longer mentions rectal administration.

It goes on to explain that nursing associates must be able to recognise signs of drug sensitivity or allergies and adverse reaction.

The NMC has removed an entire section which detailed commonly encountered symptoms that, previously it said, nursing associates should be able to identify and monitor.

It is also noted that the NMC has decided not to consult on extended roles such as the insertion of catheters, nasogastric tubes, administration of intramuscular medicines and the use of infusion pumps.

Finally, the NMC has unveiled a new code of conduct that will be used by nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

The NMC has warned that there may be further changes prior to the final consultation next month.

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