Student nurses who move between education institutions may be tracked in the future.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has suggested that “student indexing” may protect the public by helping to ensure that unsuitable candidates are stopped from entering the profession.
At present, if a student nurse is excluded from a course they can enrol elsewhere and there is no official means for their institution to be made aware of their past.
The NMC’s professional practice and registration committee decided last month to start a project on student indexing that may lead to tracking.
The committee papers said the move would “support public protection” by allowing education providers to see whether a student had registered elsewhere.