This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Advanced practice must be recognised

Written by: | Published:

ANPs are in danger of being ignored ANPs are in danger of being ignored

This year's Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Forum survey is heartening and disheartening in equal measure.

On the one hand, it demonstrates the dynamism and competence at the heart of nursing, presenting the views of experienced professionals at the top of their game. It provides a snapshot of advanced nurses, keen to continue developing their knowledge and skills; prepared to take on responsibility; and to ensure patients receive high quality care.

On the other hand, it highlights the frustrations and barriers these nurses continue to face. They are being let down by 'the system' which is failing to regulate their practice; to provide accredited training and education; to reward advanced roles, or even recognise these formally.

When I joined Independent Nurse at its launch in 2005, nurses had already been campaigning for regulation of the nurse practitioner title for many years. The preferred title for regulation is now advanced nurse practitioner, but the issue persists and progress is, if anything, going backwards under the coalition government.

With regulation, would come recognition of the role and understanding of its remit. This is vital, since advanced nurses report that, currently, medical colleagues hinder their referrals and fail to provide appropriate remuneration. A third of survey respondents reported that they are not paid under Agenda for Change, reminding us that, for GP-employed nurses, regional pay is already here.

Given the pressures on today's NHS, it is wasteful to maintain a system in which 'nurses need to pass everything by a doctor, regardless of experience or qualifications'. But according to ANP forum members, this mentality still exists. Ministers need to look past the costs and the efforts of introducing regulation, and make it happen. They would reap the benefits almost immediately.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.