The NMC has warned new student nurses and midwives not to go ‘too wild’ during freshers’ week.
The regulator published guidance encouraging students to balance a good social life with a responsible attitude, reminding them that serious errors of judgment could leave them unable to join their chosen profession.
It covers key areas such as confidentiality, dignity of patients, alcohol consumption, teamwork and maintaining appropriate sexual boundaries.
Midwifery adviser Carmel Lloyd said: “We want student nurses and midwives to enjoy themselves but they need to remember that they do have a lot more responsibility than many other people heading off to university.
“Not only will they find themselves treating patients in the near future, they also need to take care to uphold the reputation of the profession in their personal lives as well,” she said.
Is the NMC right to warn student nurses against inappropriate behaviour?