Developing an advanced nurse practitioner approach to clinical assessments
Evidence & Practice    

Developing an advanced nurse practitioner approach to clinical assessments

Caroline Prescott Trainee advanced nurse practitioner, emergency department at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, North Manchester General Hospital
Nick Stackhouse Lead advanced nurse practitioner in the emergency department, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, North Manchester General Hospital

Emergency departments (EDs) often experience reduced patient flow, which results in low capacity, increased congestion and delays in patient care. Advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) possess the skills required to relieve these pressures and enhance care delivery. This article describes how introducing ANP-led rapid assessment triage in an ED has enabled these practitioners to use advanced practice skills in assessment and intervention, and to request early diagnostic processes to improve patient flow. The system enables the ANPs to identify high-acuity patients who can be cared for in the ED without the need for admission, while ensuring their safety, rapid assessment and timely interventions.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1614

Correspondence

cazprescott@hotmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 23 June 2016

Accepted: 10 October 2016

Published online: 15 January 2017