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Emergency nurse practitioners practicing in most Scottish A&E units

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Emergency nurse practitioners are now practising in the majority of emergency and urgent care settings in Scotland, according to researchers.

Researchers carried out a census of 93 Scottish emergency departments in 2009 and compared results with a similar survey from of 97 departments in 1998.

They found emergency nurse practitioners were now practising in 89% of emergency departments and minor injury units compared with 47% in 1998.

The authors said the role could now be considered “common place”.

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  • does this mean that the other nurses working there before that were not effective?

    this 'report' (not sure what to call it) does not tell us anything beyond how many nurses are working where. Who is it intended to inform?

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  • This is encouraging news for Scotland, however, it does not define the ENP role (something the NMC has still not addressed). Most important though is, at what level are these nurses functioning at, and what impact are they making on clinical care and waiting times? Ideally they should be managing at least 96% of their patients as 'completed episodes' in the MIU setting with a similar percentage in EDs.

    Effective use of ENPs in EDs can result in the majority of ambulatory patients being successfully managed with the same 'outcomes' as other staff groups.

    A study of Welsh ED and MIU services should show a similar increase. The above questions need to be asked across the UK.

    Mike Paynter
    Somerset

    michael.paynter@somcomhealth.nhs.uk


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