Seems more of the same to me, toadying to the government, no mention of the return of the bursary that would actually go a long way to improving applications to study.
What do we get, "well we might get a bit of money to support CPD but we are promoting a gender neutral uniform, not sure about safe staffing. HELP
The nurse associate post is a massive waste of money.
The problem is partly senior nurses telling the government what they want to hear instead of sticking up for the return of the bursary. Far more important for them to obtain their OBE's etc etc then disappear into retirement to spend their inflated pensions having been paid far too much to do a job poorly. That is why nursing is in a mess.
There are some good HCA's but I agree with a lot of what is said above.
Maybe a good idea to get rid of HCA's and replace them with nursing associates ??
I don't have a negative view of the Health care assistants I have discussed this with who themselves are undermined by the role.
The Nurse associate I have spoken told me she was being used in place of a Healthcare assistant but being paid a band higher than the HCA's on the ward. I rest my case.
If the government and senior nurses were genuinely concerned about poor staffing they would fight for the return of the bursary.
It is not for want of trying. I have been trying to ascertain what the NA would do in a ward situation and how and what work would be delegated to them. Face facts they do not have the qualifications of the RN.
Principally I wouldn't want to work with a Nurse associate if it meant I had my own bay of patients to look after plus the NA's IV's and care plans. That would not be safe.