NMC moves forward with development of new nurse competencies

Council approves plans to develop new competencies for nurses entering the profession

Following Council's decision, we will embark on a fundamental review of the skills and competencies that future nurses will be expected to meet for pre-registration, with the consultation phase commencing later this year.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

"The nature of nursing work is changing fast. With more care being given in the community and patients presenting with a range of complex conditions, nurses are facing increased challenges in the workplace. To meet these challenges, they will need to be prepared with a different set of skills and competencies, focusing on areas such as high quality, cross sector care, people management skills, and public health promotion and it is essential that our pre-registration education standards cater for these.

"Council has taken the decision to approve further work on defining the skills and competencies of the nurse of the future. This is a substantial piece of work that will involve close collaboration with our stakeholders across the UK."

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