LAST week saw the long-awaited announcement of proposals on nursing careers, with the chief nursing officer for England and the NMC launching parallel documents for consultation on pre- and post-registration training respectively (p2,3).
The post-registration proposals are based on wide consultation with nurses from clinical practice, education and research, and consequently contain a number of positive ideas.
In particular, it is encouraging to see the concept of training pathways for advanced nursing roles. This would remove much of the uncertainty and ambiguity around advanced nursing titles. The proposed pathways would clarify levels of
practice and milestones for progression, and effectively standardise and ccredit higher levels of practice.
Meanwhile the NMC consultation asks the big questions – should nursing become an all-degree profession and what proportion of pre-registration training should be in practice?
Given the profound impact these proposals and questions could have on the future of the profession it is vital that nurses at every level become involved and contribute.