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A nursing associate contributes to the core work of nursing, hear from nursing associates in post who support registered nurses to work at the upper limits of their registration, focusing on more complex care needs and leadership.

Nursing Associate's are a stand alone, regulated role under the Nursing and Midwifery Council and bridge the gap between care workers and registered nurses. They're a valued members of the social care nursing workforce and this role is seen as a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse.

Take a look at the different job roles and paths people are taking to start and develop their nursing careers in adult social care.


Hear from those in post 

Donna - Registered Nursing Associate

Residential care home with nursing.
I care for my residents in the residential home. This might mean a huge variety of things to make their experience of living in the home positive and keep them healthy.  For example i might be asked to; support people with medication ...
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Donna profile



Other roles of interest

Caron - Operations Manager

Residential care homes with and without nursing.
I support and guide registered managers to maintain compliance over five different residential care settings, four of which are registered for nursing. I review and develop company policy and procedures taking into consideration national ... 
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Caron profile


Paula - Registered Manager

Residential care home with nursing.
I am the registered manager of a residential care home with nursing for older people. I oversee the quality of care and am the named individual for the service registered with CQC. Every day I attend the morning briefing and hear updates ...
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Paula profile



Share your nursing career journey with us!

We would love to know what inspired you to start a career in adult social care nursing, if you would like to share your journey with us complete  and email it to SocialCareNursing@skillsforcare.org.uk


Other resources and useful links

An employer’s guide to the deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings

Nursing associate peer network