Nursing Associates bridge the gap between Healthcare Support Workers and Registered Nurses, to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of the nursing team. They are members of the nursing team, who have gained a Nursing Associate Foundation Degree awarded by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved provider, typically involving two years of higher-level study.
What can a Nurse Associate help with?
Although a healthcare assistant is not able to prescribe medication they can carry out a variety of tasks within general practice, these can include:
- Blood pressure checks
- New patient medicals
- Learning Disability and NHS healthchecks
- Vaccinations, like B12, flu and COVID
- Health promotion i.e. obesity clinics, smoking cessation clinics, and body mass (BMI) calculations
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) readings
- Removal of sutures
- Applying simple dressings