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Nursing associates ‘not substitutes’ for nurses, warn unions

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We already have a variety of unregulated, unqualified nurse support roles. What we now need is to regulate this work and subject employers and practitioners to a robust competency framework. I don't believe anyone is suggesting the new role as a substitute for registered nurses - so why are we feeling threatened? There may be many reasons for this in the same way some doctors felt "threatened" by the development of masters level and PhD nurses. I have been nursing 40 years and progressed to MSc from an SRN (apprentice model). I welcome this development if it also brings accredited training & regulation for healthcare support workers and we continue to increase student nurse numbers. We all have a role to play in ensuring patients receive the best possible care in challenging times. So let's open our minds to a competence based approach that may go some way to restore patient trust in healthcare and much needed support to hard pressed nurses.

Posted date

2 February, 2016

Posted time

9:45 am

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