Comment on: Band four assistants 'no substitute' for nurses
I disagree with band 4 taking on a higher role. Nursing is a 3 year course covering indepth skills and training, enabling the evidence based knowledge and skills for understanding the role of a staff nurse which involves taking on the responsibility and accountability for other co-workers. Not all staff nurse want to be assigned to paper work we want the hands on care and practical work which we have been trained to do. APs are trained to assist with activities of living, monitoring observations and to report any defecits to a nurse. Thes tasks carried out by the APs are a massive help and much appreciated by nurses; as it relieves the presure and allows nurses time to carry out and prioritise patients care dependent upon their individual needs.