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Student nurses moving between colleges may be tracked


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.


Readers' comments (5)

  • Oh for crying out loud! I give up ...

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  • investigation into why the student has been excluded is required before condemning the student as the fault may equally lie with the college or individuals who have made this judgement .

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  • I agree with tracking a students progress,as a mentor and nurse manager I have been horrified by the progress of some students,how they got so far when there is such lack of knowledge and commitment to learning.
    The fault could lie with the student or the employer but without this knowledge how does one hope to overcome this for the best.
    All proffesionals are accountable and that starts from being a student.
    There should be a clear record of all training and employment for all nursing and care staff.
    I have no problem with that,then perhaps we can help those with learning needs throughout their careers instead of being so judgemental and critical.
    It is a regulated proffesion so let us put this into practice.
    As a mentor I would certainly like to know if the student has had their course terminated in the past ,why and how many times,because it is my job to facilitate learning in a conducive enviroment in a fair and pro-active manner.

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  • I am very surprised and even shocked that somebody in charge of facilitating student nurse learning cannot even spell the word 'profession' with one 'f' and not two as above! Careless writing reflects slopiness in other areas of work as well!

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  • I'm currently on non bursaried leave, because the University gave away my placement whilst I was off ill, with an infectious disease I couldn't have attended with.

    They've been terrible with placements all year actually, and I'm thinking about moving to a University I wanted to go to in the first place that was full. There's no danger to the public because I want to study at a University that won't put me somewhere 3hrs away and just say ''deal with it''.

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