Nurses divided over all-graduate profession

Nurses remain divided over proposals for an all-graduate profession, an NMC consultation has found.

The consultation on pre-registration education found that nursing bodies were clearly in favour of a graduate-level minimum qualification for the profession.

But individual nurses felt that a diploma should be a sufficient qualification for registration.

The consultation also considered issues including specialisation and training in the community. It found there was stronger support for gradual modernisation than for radical change.

The NMC’s director of standards and registration Kathy George said nurses ‘agree this is a huge undertaking and one that should not be rushed’.

‘The new framework will effectively change the way tomorrow’s nurses practise, so the NMC is determined to get this right the first time around,’ she added.

More than 3,000 nurses and other stakeholders took part in the three-month consultation.

The NMC expects to confirm its plans following a council meeting on 4 September.

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