Our standards of proficiency for nursing associates were approved by our Council at its meeting on 26 September 2018.
They set out the minimum standard of what nursing associates need to know and can do when they join our register.
What do our standards do?
We developed the standards of proficiency for nursing associates to apply across all health and care settings. These standards serve a number of different purposes
- Help nursing associates by providing clarity about their role.
- Providing clarity on what knowledge and skills other health and care professionals can reasonably expect from nursing associates.
- Allow education institutions to develop and deliver programmes that give students the skills, knowledge and behaviours to meet these standards when they qualify.
How to read our standards
The standards for nursing associates are grouped under six platforms, which are important to understand because they:
- represent the knowledge, skills and attributes that all registered nursing associates must demonstrate when caring for people of all ages and across all health and care settings
- reflect what the public can expect nursing associates to know and be able to do in order to deliver safe, compassionate and effective care
- provide a benchmark for those who plan to return to practice after a period of absence
The six platforms
- Being an accountable professional
- Promoting health and preventing ill health
- Provide and monitor care
- Working in teams
- Improving safety and quality of care
- Contributing to integrated care
You should read these standards and our Standards of proficiency for registered nurses. These standards were both designed to align with one another because:
- It allows people to understand the differences between the two roles.
- So education providers can facilitate educational progress from nursing associate to nurse.
- To demonstrate how nursing associates can support nurses deliver their own standards of proficiency.
How our standards work together
Using our standards
It's also important to read these standards along with the other parts of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training:
Reading these together, will give you a complete picture of:
- what nursing associates need to know and be able to do, by the time they register with us
- our expectations of what approved education institutions (AEIs) and their practice learning partners must do for delivering NMC-approved programmes for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.
Using our standards to plan your CPD
Our standards of proficiency can be a key resource when planning CPD as part of your revalidation.
You can use our standards in your revalidation in the following ways:
- Use them to consider what knowledge and skills you need to practise safely.
- Use them to reflect on your practice and identify any further learning.
- Use them to help you plan your CPD as part of revalidation.
Implementation of the standards of proficiency for registered nursing associates
The following information and resources are aimed to help you put our standards of proficiency for registered nursing associates into practice.
- Nursing associates leaflet
- Nursing associates: Supporting nursing teams across health and social care
- Education Standards