New standards for nurses and midwives

Nurses going over notes

The nursing and midwifery council (NMC) has launched a new framework for the education and training of nurses and midwives, and new standards of proficiency that nurses will be required to meet before they can apply for registration.

Developed with input from stakeholders and feedback from the consultation held in 2017, the new standards were updated yesterday (17 May 2018) to reflect changes to the way that health care is being delivered. The new standards represent the knowledge, skills and attributes that all future registered nurses must demonstrate to deliver safe, compassionate and effective nursing care. The framework for education and training sets out what nurses and midwives will need to know, and be able to do, by the time they apply for registration.

On top of this, the standards contain a set of principles to ensure that safe and effective learning is delivered to students, and expectations for student learning, support and supervision. They also include how students will be assessed, and the role of the practice supervisor.

The new standards are available to read and download from the NMC website.

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