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How should the nursing profession evolve over the next 12 months?




Over the next 12 months, the nursing profession in the UK will see some new changes following the introduction of the new nursing associate role.

The role has been developed by the NMC as a way of bridging the gap between registered nurses and healthcare assistants. It is widely believed that nursing associates will train through work-based learning approaches and it will provide a progressive route into graduate level nursing. The NMC believes that this role will free up time, allowing registered nurses to focus on complex clinical tasks.

Whilst the NMC focuses upon the introduction of this new role, we took the opportunity to speak with our nursing community to find out what other improvements you would like to see made within the nursing profession next year.

Here’s what you told us...


“I would like to see a push towards the nursing diploma again” Stuart, Manchester

“I think we could benefit from a better use of technology, improved staffing numbers and more resources” James, Wells

“I would like to see nurses standing together and being assertive about their profession, the work they do, and to collaborate to protect one another and patients from the effects of cutbacks” Catherine, Manchester

“We need to see more recognition for the work that nurse's do, and we need extra nurses to help look after patients relieving pressure & stress.” Thomas, Liverpool

“Over the next year, I’d like to see increasing nurse recruitment as well as better support learning and development. We also need to formalise the ways in which we give career guidance to those who wish to progress in their career.” Ashleigh, Glasgow

“I’d like to see more encouragement for innovation. We need to have the courage in practice we claim to have in our literature.” Stuart, Workington

“As a profession, we need to advance and take the lead in building working relationship with the other Multi- Disciplinary teams that are involve in every patient/Resident holistic care delivery.” Monsurat, London

“I want to see us become more patient centred. I believe that we need less management and more nurses clinically based.” Liz, Cambridge

“Next year, we need to prioritise bringing nursing into the 21st century and have less paper documentation – this can easily be done online” Martin, Blackpool
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