Nursing associate is a new role within the nursing team. Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients and the public. It is also a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse.
Training and qualifications requiredTo become a nursing associate, you will undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week. You will need to demonstrate your ability to study to level 5 foundation degree level, and commit to completing the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programme.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDuring the two-year training programme, you’ll work in a range of settings to gain as much experience as possible. This will mean travelling to placements and working a mix of shifts.
Desirable skills and valuesYour skills and responsibilities will vary, depending on the care setting you work in. You’ll need to demonstrate the values of the NHS Constitution and a knowledge of physical health, mental health and illness prevention.
ProspectsQualified nursing associates can go on to train as a registered nurse by putting their training towards a shortened nursing degree or completing a degree-level nurse apprenticeship.
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