Newcastle’s third cohort of Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) have recently started their journey. This is an innovative initiative which will support our nursing associates and assistant practitioners to become fully qualified registered nurses.
This particular apprenticeship was developed in collaboration with Northumbria University and prepares apprentices to learn the key concepts of nursing through work based learning and real-life experiences, on their journey towards qualification.
Newcastle’s latest apprenticeship is being carried out by 18 of our nurse associates and assistant practitioners who successfully applied to RNDA programme.
It is only 18 months months long recognising previous academic study and experiential learning gained in previous roles, reaching the same standard as the traditional 3 year programme.
The apprenticeship meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) ‘Future Nurse’ standards and is focussed on enabling our apprentices to:
- demonstrate critical thinking skills on complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of adult patients
- develop comprehensive nursing abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised holistic, evidence-based nursing care through strong reflective and analytical skills
- gain an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice and translation of research into practice.
We’re delighted to be able to offer this pioneering entry route into nursing in partnership with Northumbria University, and look forward to watching how the RNDA programme grows over time.