Nursing Associates begin their journey

Nurse associates groupSherwood Forest Hospitals Nursing Associates start their course at Derby University today (Monday 30 January). They are part of the 1000 people throughout the country who have been selected to begin training in the new role that will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses.

In December 2015 the Government announced a plan to create a new nursing support role and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have announced that they have formally agreed to be the regulator for the role.

The new role will work alongside care assistants and registered nurses to deliver hands-on care, focusing on ensuring patients continue to get the compassionate care they deserve.

Lucian Nitu, a current Health Care Assistant with the Trust, who starts the course today said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity, it is unique and will allow me to progress in my career and gain new knowledge, whilst still having a full-time job.”

Fellow Health Care Assistant, Lisa Bell added: “I’ve been working in outpatients for 12 years, so it’s a big change, but I’m really excited. It’s great to be part of the first people in the country to be doing this role, I feel really privileged to be part of it.”

Deputy Chief Nurse, Victoria Bagshaw said: “We are really proud of everyone who is embarking on this pioneering course. I wish everyone lots of luck. There’s a lot of hard work to come, but everyone has our full support. The roles have offered the opportunity for us to develop the skills and knowledge of our existing workforce to deliver excellent care.”