As a nation, we know that we need new models of patient care to meet changing demand. At a time when the health service is facing unprecedented pressure, advanced nursing practice offers a sustainable solution to the delivery of quality patient care.
Advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) are highly qualified nurses, who have the clinical expertise, theoretical knowledge and experience needed to work at an advanced level of nursing practice. Central to this is their ability to act as a senior clinical decision-maker, with the authority and autonomy to make complex decisions about a patient’s care. This report sets out the key actions which RCN Scotland believes would support ANPs to take a far greater role in our health service.