Nurse Practitioners are a senior type of practice nurse, who assist on all levels of patient care, usually within a GP surgery. They will often lead the Nursing team within a given practice. They are a GPs first point of call in many cases for assistance, and can help to ease the workload on GPs and Registrars at extremely busy times.
What does a Nurse Practitioner do?
- Patient consultations
- Prescribe medication
- Examine patients
- Diagnose illnesses
- Provide treatment
- Referrals for specialized care
While NPs still have more authority than RNs, they must have a medical doctor sign on certain patient care decisions.
- BSN (Bachelor’s in Nursing Science degree)
- MSN (Master of science in nursing)
- Become a part of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) - to do this you must first obtain a degree in pre-registration nursing (also known as BSN – Bachelor’s in Nursing Science degree).
- Once you have completed your training and become a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Council, you can start working as a Practice Nurse
- With the right experience as a Practice Nurse, you will then need to study another degree to become a fully qualified Nurse Practitioner, equipping you with the additional skills required (assessment of physical conditions, diagnosis, prescribing) to become a Nurse Practitioner.