NMC responds to RCN findings that emergency nurses fear being struck off

Published on 15 May 2023

We’ve responded to findings by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) that more than six in 10 emergency nurses say the treatment of patients in inappropriate areas leads to fears of being struck off the nursing register.

Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

"We know concerns that may appear to be the result of poor individual practice can actually be caused by systemic pressures and other factors professionals might face. That's why we always take context into account when concerns are raised with us.

“We look beyond the individual’s actions to understand the role of other people, the culture, conditions and environment they were working in. This is essential to ensuring our processes and decisions are fair for everyone, and that professionals are supported to deliver the safe, effective and kind care people have the right to expect.”

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