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RCN announces accreditation of nursing courses

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has professional accreditation for pre-registration nursing courses at Northumbria University - the first such accreditation offered of its kind by the college.

The course allows an undergraduate who successfully completes the accredited programme to automatically be approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered nurse.

“I am very pleased that the RCN has been able to provide this accreditation for a pre-registration course for the first time,” said Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN.

“It's important to remember that while the regulator approves courses, we as a professional body can offer insights and expertise which can help new nurses thrive and give excellent care as soon as they qualify.

“By accrediting this course, we are helping to shape the professional standards of tomorrow's nurses.”

An RCN panel tasked with accrediting the nursing courses at Northumbria University found the programmes “explicitly” met the RCN's eight principles of nursing practice.