A consultation on Modernising Nursing Careers published last November, ‘Towards a Framework for Post-Registration Nursing Careers’, suggested that nurses should ‘major’ in one of five career pathways.
A report on the consultation, published this week, found that there was ‘wide support for change and standardisation, particular at advanced levels’.
But it added that there had been criticism that the pathway system could sideline smaller branches of the profession, such as mental health.
Nurses practitioners have criticised the proposals as too restrictive for generalist primary care nurses.
The report added that it would continue to develop the proposals, and was considering systems including other numbers of pathways.
The five options are currently: children, family and public health; first contact, access and urgent care; supporting long-term care; acute and critical care; and mental health and psychosocial care.
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