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The future of nurse education: imagining the art of the possible

10 September 2020
9 min read
Volume 29 · Issue 16

We are writing this at a time when nursing is in the spotlight as never seen before. Members of the nursing profession in the UK and globally are providing nursing care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is throwing up immense challenges to the way that person-centred care is delivered in those clinical settings that have rapidly changed to meet acutely ill patients' needs.

In a time of crisis, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) together with each of the four UK country commissioning partners and NHS Staff Council, mobilised the student healthcare workforce through implementing emergency standards and creating national roles such as aspirant nurse (Health Education England, 2020; NHS Staff Council, 2020; NMC, 2020). Taking on these roles, there have been amazing examples of student nurses supporting patients as they died in hospital without loved ones and comforting patients crying through sadness, fear or pure exhaustion (Leigh et al, 2020).

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