What does the future hold for the nursing associate role?

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Hickman, S. and Leary, A. (2020). What does the future hold for the nursing associate role? Nursing Times.
AuthorsHickman, S. and Leary, A.
Abstract

Abstract The nursing associate role was proposed as a way of alleviating the nursing shortage in the UK. However, reasons for its development and the role itself were poorly defined and, despite the first nursing associates being on the nursing register for a year, this has yet to be addressed. As a result, employers, nursing associates and other members of the multidisciplinary team are often confused about what the role entails. Nursing associate responsibilities vary between employers and nursing associates are being recruited to replace registered nurse posts, therefore, masking
serious staffing issues that put patient safety at risk. We suggest that nursing associates should be encouraged to develop in a role that is more clearly defined and
individuals doing the role should not suffer as a result of poor policy making.

Keywordsnursing associate; Workforce; Safety
Year2020
JournalNursing Times
PublisherEMAP
ISSN0954-7762
Web address (URL)https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/nursing-associates/nursing-associates-need-a-clearly-defined-role-that-supports-nurses-02-03-2020/
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Accepted27 Feb 2020
Deposited06 Mar 2020
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