What about the real quality support staff who would love to go to university , but have not got that option to finance?
Yes in an ideal world trusts would second individuals, but is doesnt happen. I would be more concerned by the lack of nurses undermining yours and patients safety, than wether you as an individual is being undermined.
I am studying for a foundation degree under the associate practitioner guise as i genuinely hope to become a nurse. I certainly would not described myself as sub standard, and given the quality of some of the so called student nurses on placement i feel ahead of their development.
I have been told that those who still have the old diploma in nursing have technically got a lower form of education than those with an associate title.
I would much rather educate those that are in a job and want to devolop than those who have very little life experience or see uni as a way to a full time and stable job.