Nursing to become a graduate profession

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has approved plans to make nursing an all-graduate profession.

The imposition of a minimum three-year degree course followed by compulsory post-registration mentoring was rubber-stamped by the full NMC Council.

It backed eight education principles including rejecting nurse recruits who fail their degree course.

The theory:practice split in training will remain at 50:50 and full-time trainees will have to complete their course in five years.

The NMC principles will form the basis of an education framework with implementation planned for 2012.

The move follows a three-month consultation in which more than 3,000 nurses, members of the public and stakeholder organisations took part.


The decision to shift to a graduate profession within three years has angered Unison which has 250,000 nurse and healthcare assistant members.

‘It’s a mistake to go down the all-graduate route. The entry gate should be kept as wide as possible,’ said Gail Adams, Unison head of nursing.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

Editor's blog: Making nursing a degree profession is a positive step

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