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Standards of proficiency for registered nursing associates

Our standards of proficiency set out the knowledge and skills that a nursing associate needs to meet.

Our standards of proficiency for nursing associates were approved by our Council at its meeting on 26 September 2018.

They set out the minimum stnadard 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 pursposes: 

  • 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 studets 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 edicational progress from nursing associate to nurse.
  • To demonstrate how nursing assoicates can support nurses deliver their own standards of proficiency.

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.