The UK’s first ever registered Nursing Associates were amongst almost 1000 students who graduated from the University of Lincoln in January.
The university is one of a number of training providers across the UK supporting the introduction of Nursing Associates – a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. The role is designed to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses, and it also provides a progression route into graduate level nursing. The newly qualified Nursing Associates are trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. They will become new members of the nursing team, supporting registered nurses and enabling them to focus on more complex clinical duties.