Study of a nurse practitioner working in a paramedic role
Mike Walsh Reader in Nursing, St Martin’s College, Carlisle, Cumbria
Sheena Little Nurse Practitioner, Bridge Lane Health Centre, Penrith, Cumbria
Mike Walsh and Sheena Little describe an innovative development in the nurse practitioner role, with lessons for emergency nursing
The growing demands being placed upon emergency care require the NHS to think of new solutions beyond the traditional 999 ambulance and A&E services. This study investigated how a graduate nurse practitioner with extensive A&E experience could operate in a paramedic role. The key question was, after responding to a 999 call, what proportion of patients could she treat at the scene and return home rather than bring to A&E in the ambulance? There would be obvious advantages to the A&E department, ambulance services and the patient, if such a service was feasible.
Emergency Nurse. 9, 6, 11-14. doi: 10.7748/en2001.10.9.6.11.c1371
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