Advanced nurses warn lack of regulation puts patients at risk

Almost three-quarters of advanced nurses believe that patients are being put at risk because their roles are not regulated, an Independent Nurse survey has found.

Sandy Reid
Sandy Reid

The survey of 425 nurses in advanced roles found that 73% believe the current system puts patients at risk. The vast majority (98%) also agree that there should be nationally agreed minimum standards of competence for nurses in advanced roles.

Most (80%) thought the NMC should regulate advanced nurse roles, and 93% backed a separate part of the register. A majority (58%) said they would pay an extra fee to enable this to hap­pen. Most suggested around £50, but others said they would pay up to £200.

Sandy Reid, a nurse practitioner in Staffordshire, backed calls for better regulation. But she war­ned the NMC would struggle to define advanced working because ‘every employer defines it differently'. She rejected calls for advan­ced nurses to have degrees: ‘I've been doing this job for 15 years, and haven't got a degree.'

For the full story see this week's issue of Independent Nurse, dated 21 September.

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