Nursing support staff at a mental health trust have come up with a new initiative to help their patients with dementia to connect with their past.
Healthcare assistants now account for almost three in 10 of all nursing team roles in NHS trusts in England and their numbers are increasing at nearly four times the rate of registered nurses, according to a new study.
A key challenge for the first wave of trainee nursing associates has been “limited understanding and acceptance” of the controversial new role among colleagues, an independent evaluation has found.
Researchers have called for the routine implementation of 12-hour shifts to be avoided after they found long shift patterns lead to a higher risk of sickness absence for hospital nurses and healthcare assistants.
Concerns remain over how new nursing associates will be trained and whether they will be used as substitutes for registered nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
The Royal College of Nursing in Scotland is calling for greater recognition of the vital role played by support workers as part of this year’s International Nurses’ Day.
Next week will see the first national awareness day to specifically mark specialist staff who work in hospital operating theatres.
A group of 21 trainee nursing associates has begun apprenticeships at a private mental healthcare provider, which is claiming to be one of the first independent organisations to offer this form of training for the new role.
Healthcare assistants are being expected to do the work of registered nurses without adequate training or proper supervision, according to survey results released by a union.
Concerns changes will involve “piling duties on to unqualified workers”