New nurses coming into the profession are to be given extra support thanks to a framework for preregistration nursing education being developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The aim of the new framework is to ensure that nurses of tomorrow can work safely and effectively to meet the needs of the people in their care as the delivery of healthcare services continues to change.
NMC members have agreed to a set of principles on which the new framework will be based, allowing it to feed into the Department of Health's work on Modernising Nursing Careers.
More than 3,000 nurses, members of the public and stakeholder organisations took part in a three-month consultation on which the principles were based.
Questions encompassed what nursing education should look like in the future, whether nurses should be generalists or specialists, if they should be graduates, and how much of their training should be conducted in the community. It also looked at how new nurses should be supported after they first qualify. The next stage of the framework will involve further consultation, so the NMC will be seeking input once again.
"A good first step. I hope that an all-degree profession will not exclude nurses with less academic abilities. The emphasis on preceptorship is very welcome, though." - Simon Hanrahan, Canterbury
"A very good idea and a first step in attempting to retain nurses in the profession embarked upon by the individual with good intentions and the desire to care for others." - V Henry, N15
"This framework sounds good in theory, and hopefully as long as it is support and not constant checking it should work. As a student nurse I realise even now there is still so much to learn and remember." - Kim French, Wigan