IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM – WHY JOIN THEM ?
Nurses want to become super super MSci Nurse Paramedics
Which is a big mistake to compare Paramedics with Nurses
Ambulance drivers needed better training and because of staff shortages what better way to tart up a University Degree Master of Science in Urgencies obtained by “degree” part time on the job through day release to encourage on the road staff ?
The way forward for better qualified nurses is to recognise better the profession by a salary structure commenserate with junior doctors by including Practice Nurses in their training.
I trained as a Registered Nurse for three years and then specialised in a one year Traumatic Surgery Certificate
And this is ONE way forward for Nurses – Specialisms – be it General Practice – Surgery or Paediatrics – on a par with doctors.
The other is the Registered Nurse practical care nurse
Doctors are useless as Nurses – believe me as a Senior Nurse – Just look at Boris’s “Boffins”
Nurses are Consultants now, but in a practical down to earth way – all they need is better recognition and a better salary structure because they are worth their weight in GOLD
Don’t take my word for it – ask the General Public – Children -Mothers to OAP’s
WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS A FELDSHER SERVICE –
BETTER CARE IN THE HOME – BY NURSES AS
Exclusive: Plans in motion for England’s first nurse paramedic course
Development is underway for what is believed to be the country’s first nurse paramedic degree programme, Nursing Times can reveal.
Those behind the new “blended” course said it would help create practitioners with the “best of both sets of skills” as they would qualify as both a registered nurse and paramedic.
“We’re hoping that it helps with retention”
The Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, West Lancashire plans to launch the four-year MSci Nurse Paramedic programme in September 2020. It is currently subject to validation.
The course would be a full undergraduate programme worth 360 credits with an additional 120 credits at Master’s level.
It is aimed at people who want to become either a nurse, a paramedic or combination of the two as a nurse paramedic.
Development lead for the course and senior nursing lecturer at the university, Eleanor Fenney, told Nursing Times the programme would give students the “best of both worlds”.
The intention is that students who finish the course will gain registration with both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
By qualifying in both professions, Ms Fenney said she hoped it would help with retention in the health service because it would give people the flexibility to change job roles.
“If they wanted to swap half way, say five years in they decided they didn’t want to be a paramedic anymore, they could go and work as a nurse,” she said.
“So, we’re hoping that it helps with retention. We’re hoping it will give the trusts and the service stakeholders that flexibility to be able to move people to where they want to go without losing them, which will be a big bonus.”
Both the NMC and the HCPC have booked to visit the university in March next year to “go through registration and formal recognition approval”, noted Ms Fenney, who has a background in nursing.
The emerging role of the nurse paramedic was still “very much as yet undefined”, said Ms Fenney.
She added that there were currently practitioners out there on unique contracts who worked in a cross-over nurse paramedic role.
“There was a definite need to upskill one or reallocate another”
The university was planning to work with partner organisations to ensure flexible contracts were available locally for graduates from the course to enable them to use all their skills, added Ms Fenney.
“There’s definitely capacity for that and interest for that currently, but it’s just about being the enabler for that,” she added.
Outling what the role of a nurse paramedic may look like, Ms Fenney said: “The day-to-day may involve autonomous decision making, using advanced clinical skills, prioritising care, making referrals to appropriate services, and providing continuity of care across the primary, intermediate and acute care sectors.”
She noted how these professionals could be particularly useful in general practices.
When on placements, students under the programme would work as nurse paramedics.
There will be no part of the programme which is specifically nurse focused or specifically paramedic focused.
Instead, the programme would be “fully blended” and students would be taught the “underpinning skills and theory” and then learn how to apply those to different settings.
“The skill set between nurses and paramedics is slightly different,” Ms Fenney told Nursing Times.
“There are fundamental skills which paramedics don’t currently do, which nurses do and there are fundamental skills which paramedics currently do which nurses don’t.
“So, from that point of view it will be a case of having a student come and being placed on your ward who is a nurse paramedic student who has had training, knowledge and experience in enhanced skills.”
According to Ms Fenney, the role of paramedics was changing.
“You are literally getting a practitioner with the best of both sets of skills”
She said 70% of their calls were “non-acute” and only around 0.4% were for cardiac arrests.
For paramedics she said there was a lot of “complex and chronic care management that’s being required” of them – an area of work traditionally associated with nursing.
“There are complexities in the decision making around paramedic practice in that their level of autonomy in practice is not the same as a community nurse or a district nurse might be,” said Ms Fenney.
“There was a definite need to upskill one or reallocate another and I think that’s where this role really shines in that respect because you are literally getting a practitioner with the best of both sets of skills, autonomous practice, decision making and ability to manage chronic and complex patients in the community.”
The idea for the programme is the brainchild of associate dean at the university, Julie Williams.
Those on the planning team include paramedic senior lecturer Rob Deighton, paramedic lecturer Barry Matthews and adult nurse senior lecturer John Morgan.
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