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Nursing associates will not legally be able to give drugs under agreements, known as patient group directions (PGDs), that allow staff to administer medicines to patients without a prescription, senior nurses have stressed as they released guidance for the new role.
A broader focus on the range of high risk medicines that nursing associates will be expected to give, rather than just controlled drugs, will “calm the waters” among the profession, according to senior nurses behind new guidance on medication.
Trainee nursing associates must be given adequate supervision when learning about medicines management but employers should name any “safety critical” drugs those in the new role will be expected to administer once qualified, new guidance from Health Education England states.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has unveiled a list of over 90 procedures and communication skills that nursing associates should be trained in, as part of draft proposals published yesterday.
Mental health and learning disability nurses are being urged by unions to offer up their views on possible changes to legislation under the Mental Health Act.
Pay talks have reached a point where the Department of Health and Social Care believes that nurse pay should increase but the Treasury still needs convincing that any rise in wages should be “meaningful”, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has revealed.
Student nurses from universities in north central and east London are to be the first in the city that are guaranteed an offer of employment at local NHS trusts, under a new initiative.
Postgraduate pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in England will no longer receive bursaries to cover their tuition fees and living costs, the government has confirmed.
The head of the Royal College of Nursing has questioned whether additional regulation for nurses wanting to work at an advanced level on top of that required to be on the register is necessary, stating that a professional body is better suited to setting voluntary standards for such roles.
The head of the Royal College of Nursing has called on the profession to support nursing associates to go on to train as registered nurses, even if the government initiative is dropped in the future.