Editor's blog: Do nurses need to be graduates?

Nurses don't need a degree to have 'critical decision-making skills'. Or to be a good carer.

A great debate this morning about whether nurses need to be graduates. In four years' time, anyone who wants to become one of the nation’s 400,000 nurses will need to have a degree - one of the biggest shake-ups of medical education in the history of the NHS. More than a quarter of nurses, incidentally, already have a degree and the level of qualifications has risen steadily in recent years. But this has caused an almighty row. And not for the first time, the nursing unions seem to be making a lot more sense than the representatives of the NHS. There’s an awful lot of guff being spouted by the department about the need to 'meet the challenges of tomorrow' and for 'critical decision-making skills'. But I fail to see how the ability to learn how to make decisions is a graduate-only business... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT

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