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Mapping the range and scope of emergency nurse practitioner services in the Northern and Yorkshire Region: A telephone survey

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Veronica Swallow, Basav Sen


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Objective: To map the range and scope of emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) services in the Northern and Yorkshire Region as part one of a three phased study investigating the developing role of the ENP on a multi-professional context. Methods: A telephone survey was conducted in the 48 hospital trusts within the region. Semi-structured interviews were arranged with the senior nurses responsible for accident and emergency services in responding departments. Data collection entailed completion of a form comprising 14 open-ended questions designed to elicit information about the range and scope of ENP services (as defined by the Royal College of Nursing). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. Results: Interviews were conducted at 35 (73%) of the sites, 22 (63%) of which had an ENP service as defined above. Wide variation was found in the range of services in relation to: hours/days of availability; age range and sources of referrals of patients accessing the service; clinical caseloads of ENPs and the referral pathways to other services. Conclusion: The findings from the survey highlight the organic, context specific nature of ENP role developments in response to national government initiatives, professional agendas, and local service needs.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marr S, Steele K, Swallow VM, Craggs S, Procter S, Newton J, Sen B, McNabb A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Emergency Medicine Journal

Year: 2003

Volume: 20

Issue: 5

Pages: 414-417

Print publication date: 01/09/2003

ISSN (print): 1472-0205

ISSN (electronic): 1472-0213


DOI: 10.1136/emj.20.5.414

PubMed id: 12954677


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