The Trust welcomed the first ever nursing associates to its workforce at a special presentation ceremony held on 1 May.
Following completion of their two year training programme, new nursing associates Stefnie Ewing, Joanne Butterworth and Amy Burd received their certificates from the Nursing Associate partnership in South Yorkshire in advance of their graduation ceremony at the University of Sheffield.
A registered nursing associate is a member of the nursing team who will provide professional care for patients. The role is intended to address a skills gap between health care assistants and registered nurses. The nursing associate is a stand-alone role and provides a progression route into graduate level nursing.
The Trust will hold another event on 28 May to celebrate all its new nursing associates.
Mike Doyle, deputy director of nursing and quality, said. “It was an honour to attend the celebration event and present the certificates; I hope they enjoy the role and we’re very pleased to have them on board.”
Margaret Bedford, lead for non-medical education and training, said: “We’re delighted to have Stefnie, Joanne and Amy in our Trust as new nursing associates. The presentation event was recognition of the hard work they’ve put in during their training which will equip them with the skills to bring an invaluable resource to our wards and I wish them well.”