Role of a Nursing Associate

A nursing associate is  member of the nursing team who provides care and treatment in a variety of health and care settings. This  role is being used and regulated in England (not currently in operation in the rest of the UK) and is intended to address a skills gap between unregulated health and care assistants and registered nurses. As well as being a role in its own right, some nursing associates will progress on to graduate level nursing. This role will enable registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical duties.

Nursing Associates- another route into nursing

Nursing students are asked to write a dissertation to demonstrate their ability to focus on a subject, examine it in detail through systematic enquiry and identify relevant theories.  Equally important is the development of various levels of critical insight.

Being selected on  a nursing associate course:

Before you enter the nursing profession- University Course providers and the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) are clear on what is expected at the candidate selection stage:

Approved education institutions, together with practice learning
partners, must ensure that student:


1) are suitable for their intended field of nursing practice:adult, mental health, learning disabilities and
children’s nursing

2) demonstrate values in accordance with the Code

3) have capability to learn behaviours in accordance with
the Code

4) have capability to develop numeracy skills required to
meet programme outcomes

5) can demonstrate proficiency in English language

6) have capability in literacy to meet
programme outcomes

7) have capability for digital and technological literacy
to meet programme outcomes.

In short- do all you can before applying to course provider to improve your chances of being accepted onto a training programme.



The Start

Whether it's writing a letter, an essay or a dissertation, the hardest part is putting that opening paragraph or statement down onto paper. But before you get to the pen to paper stage,you should have spent a significant amount of time thinking, researching, planning, re-thinking, re-planning  and so on. The more you plan out your dissertation, the more likely you are to finding problems and solutions to those problems.

Planning to Succeed

In the last section we impressed upon you the importance of planning out your dissertation before you even put pen to paper. In this section we shall look at a planning strategy that will help you effectively manage your time and effort so that you can hand in your nursing dissertation on time and to the best of your ability. 

Scope and structure

To scope out your project will allow you to make decisions on what questions you will answer, how you will answer them and what research you will need to answer these questions effectively. In this section we explore methods and tips on how you can scope out your dissertation to ensure you create a clear path to successfully submitting an academically robust thesis on time with the minimum of fuss.

Finding effective resources

As part of your dissertation you will need to be able to demonstrate the rationale for your research. 

This section looks at where you find resources, what sort of resources you should identify as useful and if necessary, how you can refine your thesis around the available resources.

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