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Though noble, NMC’s standards are an assault on mental health nursing.

Warrender, Dan



The Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses have noble aims and yet their impact has been an assault on mental health nursing as a specialism. Outnumbered in the profession as a whole, mental health nursing has often been undervalued and misunderstood, and the idea of what it means to be a nurse is becoming synonymous with that of general adult nursing. 'Generic' nurse education is not truly generic. While the NMC set standards, these are then interpreted by higher education institutions (HEIs). This has led to a postcode lottery with HEIs offering different depth of mental health content.


WARRENDER, D. 2022. Though noble, NMC's standards are an assault on mental health nursing. Mental health practice [online], 25(6), pages 5. Available from:

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Oct 20, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2022
Publication Date Nov 3, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2022
Journal Mental health practice
Print ISSN 1465-8720
Electronic ISSN 2047-895X
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 6
Pages 5
Keywords Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Standards of proficiency; Registered nurses; Mental health nursing
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