The Post Registration Career Framework for Nurses outlines what is expected from nurses in the diversity of roles in which they practise, from newly qualified to leaders of the profession, according to the assembly.
Rosemary Kennedy, chief nursing officer for Wales, said: ‘We very much hope that nurses and midwives in Wales find this framework of real use to them as they plan their future careers. Looking back, many nurses followed carrier pathways that were unplanned and sometimes ill -prepared.
‘This document sets out the many opportunities that nurses and midwives have and the level of support that they might need to fulfil their ambitions and realise their full potential,’ she said.
Plans for nursing career structures have traditionally been developed on a UK-wide basis. But the fact that nurse training features in the NHS Next Stage Review for England has provided the Welsh Assembly the ‘opportunity’ to look at the subject separately in Wales as well – taking into account its existing plan to expand the role of ward sisters and charge nurses.
The Post Registration Career Framework for Nurses document is out to three-month consultation and all responses should be sent to the Welsh Assembly by 27 February 2009.