This paper reports on the findings from a survey of over 500 Trainee Nursing Associates (TNAs) and Nursing Associates (NAs), conducted in Summer, 2021. This total sample comprised around 200 qualified NAs, making it the largest dedicated survey of this group of employees to date, and over 300 TNAs. The report examines the views of both groups, not only in the context of Covid, but as more generally they relate to work and employment experiences.
There continues to be much debate on the nature and consequences of the NA role, which in the absence of strong evidence has often been impressionistic, anecdotal and in some instances speculative. Drawing on a large sample of T/NAs, the reported survey provides a firmer empirical foundation for informed discussion on who T/NAs are, what they do, how they experience employment or training, and how they view their working lives.
After briefly outlining our survey approach and the nature of the sample, the report is divided into the following parts:
- Personal backgrounds.
- Patterns of employment.
- The training experience.
- The work experience.