The NMC is to consult student nurses for the first time in order to update its guidance relating to their personal and professional conduct.
The regulator has produced a draft guidance document, which is based on principles in the NMC code of conduct for registered nurses. For example the draft states that student nurses must make sure patients know they are receiving care from a student and should only undertake care if they have the done the appropriate training.
The idea behind separate guidance – on top of the NMC code and advice from mentors – is to strengthen NMC links with students so they can ‘better understand regulation and the role it plays in their future registration and professional career’.
Carmel Lloyd, NMC project lead for the student guidance review, said: ‘Students who want to become nurses or midwives generally aspire to professional standards, so we hope this guidance helps seal that aspiration for them.’
The online consultation closes on 20 April.
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