Nursing Associates

A vital part of the wider nursing team.

Interested in becoming a nursing associate?

Why become a nursing associate?

  • You’re passionate about caring for other people
  • You’ve considered a career in nursing but you’re not sure if it’s for you
  • You would like to have the option of working in variety of settings within health and social care

What is a trainee nursing associate?

Nursing Associates work as a vital part of the wider nursing team and this important role helps to bridge care between Healthcare Support Workers and Registered Nurses. The fundamental focus of the role is to deliver care for patients and the public.

Nursing associate training includes a mixture of hands on experience within the workplace, supported by some learning in the classroom

At the end of your training you’ll have a foundation degree, and once you register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you’ll become a fully registered nursing associate.

There are opportunities to develop in this role and it also provides a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse.

Once you have completed your foundation degree, you have the opportunity to progress onto further education and become a registered nurse by completing a shortened nursing degree or nursing degree apprenticeship.

Nursing Associates work in many different health and care settings, including hospitals, care homes, learning disabilities, general practice and in the community. Listen in on some of our Nursing Associate case studies.


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