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NHS Employers calls for degrees

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The minimum standard for all nurse training should be degree level, NHS Employers said last week in its response to the NMC consultation on the future of pre-registration training.

It said all nurses should have generalist skills and a third of their practical experience should be obtained in the community.

NHS Employers was also supportive of the government’s proposals for post-registration training along five career pathways or ‘branches’. It said they would offer greater potential for nurses to develop ‘flexible and transferable skills’ and a ‘broader range of options for nursing careers in a community setting’.

Its views on graduates echo those of the RCN, but not Unison, which says a move to graduate-only nursing would foster elitism (NT News, 19 January, p2).

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