First Contact, I hear Nurse Practitioners not happy?

  1. Hi I am new to this forum, I have recently started on the First contact programme and have heard some devastating news: Nurse Practitioners are not happy about this programme, I dont know if it is because they fear we will take over their jobs or they may have to take further courses to compete or if they feel they have been short changed.
    I am sure this must be wrong as Nurses stick together right, I mean imagine I was a Nurse Practitioner a few years ago and wanted to improve my skills by doing something like, prescribing and the Doctor's all went NO, NO, NO, how would the Nurse feel? how much harder would it be for her to get her new skills?
    I dont want to compete with the Nurse Practioner, I have no particular axe to grind, I feel all nurses should stick together, fight for what we want-better patient care-regardless of how we got there, learn from each other and build on the nursing profession, get more recognition for the job we do and with better pay .
    surely that is what all Nurses want?
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I'm interested in your topic, but have never heard of "First Contact". Can I ask what it is? Are you an RN, an advanced practice RN, what do you do? Thanks...
  4. by   chase3211
    Hi

    I work with NHS Direct, triaging patients and directing them to either self care, GP out of hours service, routing Gp appointment, Nurse Practitioners, Midwife, etc. My backgound, I worked as a general medical nurse and Heamatology nurse.

    First Contact is a training programme put together by NHSU ( the NHS University) it is a pilot at the moment but will give me the skills to not only triage but diagnose and treat/ refer to other agencies.

    I can study up to Masters over 3 years, the study is done in my own time but is free, I have a clinical practice facilitator ( a Gp who will teach me how to oscilate a chest for example). it is hard work but worthwhile, i am already benefiting from my studies as gaining an understanding of organisations, change emotional intelligence and I have only been doing this for 2 months!
  5. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses.. Where are you from?
  6. by   chase3211
    :roll Hi Im from Derbyshire England,

    i should perhaps update my profile or something.
    hi Manna what do you do?
  7. by   manna
    Have you posted your question in the UK forum? They might know more about that program there. I've never heard of it either.

    I work full-time as an engineering clerk and am a mom of two, but come this summer I'll hopefully be a full-time nursing student.
  8. by   chase3211
    P.S im mad alright, as a hatter, madder than the guy who flew over the cuckoo's nest and definatelty madder than Rowan atkinson with his two pencils stuck up his nose in Blackadder, I visited Manna site, so your a student Nurse? Wow you must be madder than I, Lol
  9. by   chase3211
    I guess I am so mad I didnt even realise i wasnt in a Uk forum, thought it was just a kind of nurses allover the world thing, anyway met some new people and you met me! Hope your Nursing goes well, i was a mum of two when I started and I still have them. Hardwork but it's learning fantastic skills and doing so much good for others
  10. by   manna
    Sure, there are nurses all over on this site, but there's a UK specific forum where they might be able to offer more advice on the First Contact Program you were mentioning.

    How can you not love Rowan Atkinson? British comedy is ingenious. I can't get enough of Are You Being Served? or Monty Python.
  11. by   Brickman
    "Nurses stick together right"
  12. by   sheilab
    yes i have heard of the first contact programme we have a simular one running here as well also we have evercare and continuing care running as well. i dont see a problem with nurse practictioners the ones that are going to benefit are the Gps especially single handed ones. when the new gp contracts come in in april all these new programmes are going to release them for doing certain home visits. the idea is to keep the client in their own homes without them having continual visits to the hosiptal. good luck
    Quote from chase3211
    Hi I am new to this forum, I have recently started on the First contact programme and have heard some devastating news: Nurse Practitioners are not happy about this programme, I dont know if it is because they fear we will take over their jobs or they may have to take further courses to compete or if they feel they have been short changed.
    I am sure this must be wrong as Nurses stick together right, I mean imagine I was a Nurse Practitioner a few years ago and wanted to improve my skills by doing something like, prescribing and the Doctor's all went NO, NO, NO, how would the Nurse feel? how much harder would it be for her to get her new skills?
    I dont want to compete with the Nurse Practioner, I have no particular axe to grind, I feel all nurses should stick together, fight for what we want-better patient care-regardless of how we got there, learn from each other and build on the nursing profession, get more recognition for the job we do and with better pay .
    surely that is what all Nurses want?

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