It found that improving pay and conditions was the most common recommendation in answer to the question: ‘What areas would you like the RCN to focus on?'
The main sentiments included equity of pay and conditions between NHS and GP-employed nurses and between practice nurses and introduction if a ‘clear pay and increment structure' that recognises skill levels, including nurse prescribing.
Other suggestions included bonuses for quality framework achievements and structured appraisals linked with financial gain.
A total of 428 practice nurses in Scotland took part in the survey, 9% of which were nurse practitioners. A fifth felt that they were not at all valued and recognised for their contributions to achieving the quality framework, according to RCN Scotland's General practice nursing in Scotland survey 2009.
- Should practice nurses receive Agenda for Change rates?