Nurse practitioners in A&E: a literature review
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Nurse practitioners in A&E: a literature review

Mark Cooper Staff Nurse, A&E Department, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Research Assistant, Nursing & Midwifery Studies, University of Glasgow
Aina Robb Lecturer, Nursing & Midwifery Studies, University of Glasgow

This article reviews the development of the nurse practitioner, particularly projects in A E departments. The new skills these ‘emergency nurse practitioners’ (ENPs) require, because of their expanded roles, are examined and how the UKCC (1) could affect practice is discussed

The emergency nurse practitioner’s role provides a new complementary minor injury service to that currently provided by A&E medical staff. Clinical decisions made by ENPs, when compared with those made by A&E medical practitioners, are shown to be safe and effective. Patients’ satisfaction with ENP services is shown to be high, and patients appreciate the more relaxed style of consultation offered by nurse practitioners.

Emergency Nurse. 4, 2, 19-22. doi: 10.7748/en.4.2.19.s6

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