The majority of registrants support the creation of a “bridging role” between nurses and healthcare assistants, according to results from our annual survey.
As exclusively revealed by Nursing Times in November, an official announcement is expected soon on plans to introduce a new nursing role designed to bridge the gap between registered nurses and senior HCAs.
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An announcement on the creation of the new role is expected to be followed by a consultation shortly afterwards. Nursing Times understands the role will be assigned to band 4 and is expected to be given the title “associate nurse”.
Creation of new associate nurse role backed by most registrants
Source: Jennifer Van Schoor
Many directors of nursing have declared their support for the idea, but the Royal College of Nursing has warned that it would be a “retrograde step” that risked creating a “second-level” role similar to the former state-enrolled nurses.
However, in our survey of nearly 1,000 nurses, 47.5% of respondents said they welcomed the move, 36% said they were currently unsure about it and only 16.5% said they were opposed.
Asked what would result from the creation of the new role, most said it would both help develop the skills of HCAs and provide more support for nurses.
However, many also warned that it would create “nurses on the cheap” and that it marked a return to state-enrolled nurses.
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The survey of 950 Nursing Times readers was carried out between 23 November and 11 December 2015.