From: Benjamin Huntly, Normanton.
IN response to recent correspondence, I am a trainee advanced nurse practitioner.
Advanced clinical practitioners, to give the correct term, are a group of professionals from many backgrounds including nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists. This list is not exclusive.
We are practitioners that have a number of years experience in the relevant field and are now working at an advanced level. To become an ACP you have to complete a three-year Masters degree on top of the professional degree and experience you already have. As an ACP, we provide the bulk of the medical-led care to patients in a time of reducing numbers of doctors, and also a reduction in both hours and wages.
I am not a mock doctor and I do not want to be a doctor. I am a nurse, I am proud of being a nurse.
When working on the wards as “just a nurse”, I have often stopped doctors from making errors with prescriptions that were not in the best interests of the patients.
The next time I am unwell I hope there is an advanced clinical practitioner with experience near me and not a doctor who has just walked out of medical school.