What is the difference between a nursing associate and a registered nurse?

Nursing Associates are members of the nursing team who have gained a foundation degree, typically involving two years of higher education. Once you qualify as a nursing associate you can undertake further education and training to become a registered nurse by studying for a shortened nursing degree or nursing degree apprenticeship. This role in practice bridges the gap between a healthcare support worker and a registered nurse and a members of different registers with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.