Future Nurse was officially launched on the 14 September 2020 by the Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle: click here to watch the video launch. Northern Ireland’s three universities’ nursing curricula, developed with practice partners and key stakeholders, is aligned to the 2018 NMC standards for education and training.
The standards take into account the changes in society and the health care reforms which have implications for registrants, employers, educators, students and all those who support students in practice. They aim to raise the ambition in terms of what is expected of a nurse and midwife at the point of registration and maximise the quality and safety of nursing and midwifery education.
The standards of proficiencies for registered nurses (2018) are presented under seven platforms and two annexes:
- Being an accountable professional
- Promoting health and preventing ill health Providing and evaluating care
- Leading and managing nursing care and working in teams
- Improving safety and quality of care
- Coordinating care
Annex A: Communication & Relationship Management Skills
Annex B: Nursing Procedures
Based on the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment  (SSSA) a regionally agreed model for SSSA is now in use to support student learning. More information is available here. There are Nursing Practice Supervisor/Assessor Preparation Programmes which are available via the HSC Learning Centre. Contact your local Practice Education Team (PET) for local delivery arrangements.
For the first time the three universities and practice partners will all use one electronic pre-registration nursing NI Practice Assessment Document (ENIPAD).
One Practice Learning Environment Educational Audit (PLEEA) Tool has also been regionally agreed, and is now in use, to identify learning opportunities for both Nursing and Midwifery students in practice.