Celebrating three years of nursing associates

It’s been three years since the first ever nursing associates joined the NMC register. In that time, nursing associates have stood shoulder to shoulder with other health and care professionals in England to provide vital care when people needed it the most. Those who were among the first to join the register in 2019 are revalidating for the first time this year. We asked some of them to reflect on their experience as a registered professional, and to share advice for those considering training to be a nursing associate in England. Read what they had to say:

Johanna Stevenson

Registered nursing associate

Neelam Dhansey

Registered nursing associate in critical care

Heidi West

Registered nursing associate and Apprenticeship Facilitator for nursing associates at the University of Salford

Laura Smith

Registered nursing associate at Derbyshire Community Health Services

Peggy-Jane Murrell

Ophthalmic scrub nursing associate, University Hospitals Sussex

Jed Bates

Registered nursing associate working in general practice

Ian Costello

Charge nurse, registered mental health nurse and registered nursing associate

Nursing Leaders

The nursing associate role was developed in England in collaboration and with the support of leaders across health and social care. Here’s what some of those le