What would my responsibilities be as a nursing associate?

Your duties will vary depending on the clinical setting you work in but some of your responsibilities are likely to include:

  • performing and recording clinical observations such as taking people’s blood pressure, temperature, and pulses
  • discussing and sharing information with registered nurses on a patient service user’s condition, behaviour, activity and responses
  • undertaking clinical tasks like venepuncture (puncturing veins as part of a medical procedure, for example to take a blood sample) and undertaking wound dressings.
  • supporting individuals and their families and carers when faced with unwelcome news and life-changing diagnoses
  • ensuring the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is maintained at all times
  • recognising issues relating to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults

You can read more in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency for nursing associates.