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News and Updates for todays Developing the role of the Nursing Associate

On January 28 2019, the Nursing and Midwifery Council register opens for Nursing Associates.  Read more here 

The Nursing Associate Role: Regulation and Standards
Professor Geraldine Walters CBE,
Director of Education and Standards, Nursing and Midwifery Council
Having originally trained as a cardiac nurse, her career progressed to a number of executive nurse director posts within acute NHS Trusts in London, at St George’s, Epsom, St Helier NHS Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, and most recently she was Executive Director of Nursing and Infection Control at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Geraldine is also a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and at the Florence Nightingale School at King’s College London.
Geraldine will be overseeing the NMC’s Education and Standards directorate at an important time. Council has outlined education as a corporate priority and Geraldine will be leading on the ambitious programme of change for education including the development of new standards of proficiency for future graduate registered nurses and midwives.
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Professor Walters comments on registration "£120 to register as that's the cost of regulation. Fitness to practise drives the fees. "

Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate: The 2018 Guidance
Deborah Robertson,
Lecturer, University of Salford, Consultant Editor, Nurse Prescribing Journal
Pre Event Abstract 
Medicines Management and the Nursing Associate
The scope of the presentation is as follows

  • Expectations for nursing associates who administer medicines to patients
  • Ensure adequate levels of supervision are in place to support trainee nursing associates in the education and training of medicines management
  • Implementing the 2018 guidance

The presentation will explore the key areas of medicines management and the role of the nursing associate. We will explore the current issues around training, education and supervision. The model used at the University of Salford will be explored as will the 2018 standards of proficiency from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
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Implementing the Nursing Associate role in practice
Maxine Simmons,
Head of Practice & Professional Development, Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Pre Event Abstract
Chesterfield Royal is an acute district general hospital where we were a first phase pilot site as part of the East Midlands collaborative. In this presentation I outline how the nursing associate role was part of our workforce solution to registered nurse shortages and to provide a career pathway for support staff.  Implementing a new role frequently results in role conflict for other team members and I highlight the engagement process we adopted and how this could provide a useful framework for others. Ensuring the trainees received quality work place learning is key to the success of the role and to the individuals and I outline how we supported our trainees and the importance of the supernumerary clinical educator post. Finally I provide a brief overview of the outcomes of an initial evaluation which was undertaken by NHS Employers which sets out the importance of communication with all staff throughout the development of the role.
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Also of Interest

Nurse Prescribing Leadership Summit 2019
Friday 8 February 2019, London

Developing Your Skills As An Effective Ward Manager
Monday 4 March 2019, London

Return to Practice: Supporting Nurses & Midwives Returning to Practice
Monday 10 June 2019, London

Nurse Clinics 2019
Friday 15 November 2019, London

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