The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today officially launched its new set of standards on the skills and knowledge the “next generation of nurses will learn to enable them to deliver world class care”.
At the same time as publishing the standards for nurses, the nursing regulator has also introduced standards for a “more modern and innovative approach” to the way universities and their practise partners train nurses and midwives.
“Our new standards represent a huge leap forward”
The new standards represent two years of work and have been developed alongside nurses as well as, students, educators, healthcare professionals, charities and patient groups from across the UK.
As previously reported, in March the NMC signed off changes that will see all nurses in the future trained in the same set of procedures and communication skills regardless of their field of practice.
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In addition, the NMC agreed to remove its cap on the number of hours students can spend on simulation activities, despite concerns this would reduce the amount of time on placements.
Major changes to mentoring have also been agreed, meaning students will now be supported by supervisors and assessors in both practice and academic settings.
Meanwhile, as part of the changes, the regulator will be adopting the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competency framework for prescribers.
It will also be removing its standards for medicines management and working with the society to produce “consistent guidance” for all health and social care professionals.
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The first nurses can begin training against the new standards “as early as January 2019”, according to the regulator.
Launching the standards, the NMC said they would give nurses a greater understanding across all four fields of practice, in particular mental health, while also emphasising teamwork and leadership.
In addition, the NMC said nurses would have greater responsibilities in public health and be given the skills to train as prescribers immediately after qualifying, rather than having to wait three years.
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Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar said: “Our new standards represent a huge leap forward.
“They raise the bar for the next generation of nurses and not only match the demands of the role but the ambition of the profession,” she said.
“We’ve also overhauled the way universities train nurses and midwives,” noted Ms Smith, who recently announced her departure from the regulator.
“They’ll be given more flexibility to harness new ways of working and embrace technology so they can equip the nurses and midwives of tomorrow with the skills they need to deliver world class care for years to come,” she added.
The NMC’s new stadards for nurses and nurse education: