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Trainee Nursing Associates claim their training is ‘inconsistent’

Trainee Nursing Associates claim their training is ‘inconsistent’ and their call for the role to be further defined.

Trainee nursing associates are claiming that their education is ‘inconsistent’ and training opportunities can differ greatly between educational establishments and NHS trusts.

Significant differences in the training and education of nursing associates were highlighted with a significant proportion of nursing associates claiming they were not developing additional clinical skills such as; medications administration, venepuncture, cannulation and catheterisation – despite other nursing associates being trained in these areas.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) was asked by the Department of Health (DoH), following agreeing to regulate the role, to provide educational standards for the Nursing Associate role but these still remain under development.

Both trainee nursing associates and registered nurses are calling for standardisation of the role and training.

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The new role, which was created to help ‘bridge the gap’ between Registered Nurses and support staff, has been heavily criticised since its announcement with many calling on the NMC to clarify accountability issues.

Currently, there are only 15 months till the first set of Nursing Associates are due to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The disparity with their education and clinical skills is causing many to be concerned.

We have approached the Department of Health for comment.