Posted by: Witch Doctor | August 4, 2008

Darzi – What about the dumbing down of nurses?

“Some hospitals are developing the Assistant Practitioner (APs) nursing role. What do these nurses do? Are they cost-effective substitutes or complements for Registered Nurses (RNs)? Is the development of the AP grade (often staffed by local, married women returning to the workforce after having children) a reflection of past error in removing the State Enrolled Nursing (SEN) role and focusing too intently on the development of graduate nurses?

Will there be fewer RNs in future, and will they be primarily managers of APs and other practitioners on the ward? If so, are they being selected systematically and trained appropriately to manage the patient journeys safely and efficiently?”

The Maynard Doctrine: Darzi and nursing – time to tackle this time bomb?


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