Nurse practitioners are we being true to the spirit of nursing?
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Nurse practitioners are we being true to the spirit of nursing?

Bernie Edwards Doctoral Student and Senior Lecturer, IHCS, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Hospital
Clive Andrews Practice Development Coordinator, IHCS, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Hospital
Immy Holloway Reader, Salisbury, Hospital
Kate Galvin Research Coordinator, Salisbury, Hospital
Phil Potter Directorate Senior Nurse, Salisbury, Hospital

Bernie Edwards and colleagues report on the findings of a major study which demonstrates that the nurse practitioner role is grounded in the fundamental principles of nursing

Few nursing roles have been subjected to the level of scrutiny as that of the nurse practitioner (NP). While research evidence shows that NPs in emergency care settings are at least as clinically effective as their medical colleagues (Mabrook and Dale 1998, Freij et al 1996), few of these studies have demonstrated the added value that nurses bring to this role, thereby reinforcing the argument that it is predominantly one of medical substitution.

Emergency Nurse. 7, 3, 26-31. doi: 10.7748/en1999.

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