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Nursing Associate


A Nursing Associate is a new role within the nursing team. By contributing to the core work of nursing, you free up Registered Nurses to focus on more complex clinical care. Your skills and responsibilities will vary, depending on the care setting you work in.

They could include clinical tasks including cannulation, venepuncture and ECGs, supporting individuals, their families and carers when faced with unwelcome news and life-changing diagnoses, performing and recording clinical observations such as blood pressure, temperature, respirations and pulse, discussing and sharing information with registered nurses on a patients’ condition. You will ensure the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is maintained at all times and recognising issues relating to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.


This role is designed to help bridge the gap between Health and Social Care Assistants and Registered Nurses. If you are already working in a caring role and have the ability to meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship programme you are well placed for this role.


This role is available as an apprenticeship. To begin your training, you will need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in Maths and English, or key skills level 2 in Maths and English. You also need to demonstrate your ability to study a level 5 foundation degree and commit to completing the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Programme. Qualified Nursing Associates need to work to a nationally recognised code of conduct. Once you have finished your training, you will have the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours to work as a Nursing Associate. Like Nurses and other health professionals, Nursing Associates can expand their knowledge and skills with the right training and clinical governance.

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