Why communication is the bedrock of all nursing care
Advanced nurse practitioner Ian Hall practises in an island community in Orkney. His scope of practice is broad, enabling him to provide truly ‘longitudinal’ healthcare to a whole population
I am an advanced nurse practitioner providing 24/7 cover to the population of Shapinsay in Orkney. I work with a population of 300 people across the lifespan. The skills for this role are diverse, covering all primary care, community care and emergency care needs. There is no ‘scope of practice’ boundary when you have to deal with every need that presents itself. There is support from a visiting GP practice twice weekly and access to the hospital, which is a 30-minute ferry ride away.
Primary Health Care. 28, 5, 17-17. doi: 10.7748/phc.28.5.17.s19