Ministers are considering whether to require aspiring nurses to complete a year’s caring experience before they are accepted onto a degree course.
In his the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry report, published last month, Robert Francis QC recommended that student nurses spend at least three months working on direct care of patients under the supervision of a registered nurse.
He said it should be a “pre-condition for continuation in nurse training” and could include work as a healthcareassistant.
However, ministers are going further than Mr Francis’ recommendations and instead favour a period of at least one year, with students taking on a role equivalent to that of a healthcare assistant.
Is the idea workable? What do you think?