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I know they can prescribe medication with or without supervention from a GP. What illnesses/diseases do they treat? What is the difference between a NP and general nurse? What is the difference between gp and np?
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an anp and district nurses ect require a masters degree. anps required to undertake extended assessment skills and extra prescribing courses to that of a standard prescriber. standard nurses dont prescribe. an anp can treat a lot of conditions not a massive difference to that of a junior doctor but with more restrictions. nurses need to know their level of compentcy and not try to step beyond it
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I know they can prescribe medication with or without supervention from a GP. What illnesses/diseases do they treat? What is the difference between a NP and general nurse? What is the difference between gp and np?
(Advanced) Nurse Practitioners are very experienced nurses who have undergone additional academic and clinical education in order to carry out a *specific* advanced nursing role. For example, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner will usually see patients with minor injuries and will be able to order investigations as well as carry out advanced skills such as relocating a joint or removing a foreign body as part of assessing, diagnosing and treating a patient. For an NP in a different specialism the role would obviously be different.

By a "general nurse" you probably mean your standard Band 5 Staff Nurse. Nurse Practitioners are usually Band 7 or 8. As they are specialised practitioners they can't go from being a neurology nurse practitioner to an oncology nurse practitioner. However, a Band 5 Staff Nurse could work at their level in a variety of clinical areas. That is the main difference which I guess you are asking about, aside from the role itself, obviously.

You can't really compare a GP and NP for the same reasons. An NP is confined to a specific area of practice, as I've alluded to above.

Not saying this is you at all, but a lot of people interested in nursing on TSR are hearing the term "Nurse Practitioner" and are attracted to it because it "sounds good", and don't actually have an understanding of the role. The likelihood is most prospective nurses won't know what they want to specialise in and it will be during their training and junior years they discover this. Most nurses will stay at Band 5 (Staff Nurse or equivalent) for their whole careers. By all means ask questions and research, but don't simply be attracted to nursing because of a fancy role title.
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(Advanced) Nurse Practitioners are very experienced nurses who have undergone additional academic and clinical education in order to carry out a *specific* advanced nursing role. For example, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner will usually see patients with minor injuries and will be able to order investigations as well as carry out advanced skills such as relocating a joint or removing a foreign body as part of assessing, diagnosing and treating a patient. For an NP in a different specialism the role would obviously be different.

By a "general nurse" you probably mean your standard Band 5 Staff Nurse. Nurse Practitioners are usually Band 7 or 8. As they are specialised practitioners they can't go from being a neurology nurse practitioner to an oncology nurse practitioner. However, a Band 5 Staff Nurse could work at their level in a variety of clinical areas. That is the main difference which I guess you are asking about, aside from the role itself, obviously.

You can't really compare a GP and NP for the same reasons. An NP is confined to a specific area of practice, as I've alluded to above.

Not saying this is you at all, but a lot of people interested in nursing on TSR are hearing the term "Nurse Practitioner" and are attracted to it because it "sounds good", and don't actually have an understanding of the role. The likelihood is most prospective nurses won't know what they want to specialise in and it will be during their training and junior years they discover this. Most nurses will stay at Band 5 (Staff Nurse or equivalent) for their whole careers. By all means ask questions and research, but don't simply be attracted to nursing because of a fancy role title.



Couldn't rate this post but wanted to send some love! Such a thorough response.🙂
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Couldn't rate this post but wanted to send some love! Such a thorough response.🙂
Thanks mate! 👍 I try my best to be informative 😇
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Couldn't of said it better than paediatricStN! It's a very difficult job that looks appealing.

Just have to correct paulbarlow, district nurses don't need a masters. Not sure if he meant anp's in the district.

I must say I've met a few ANP and they are without a doubt the most knowledgable people I have ever met. Just amazes me. Fab role but hard role
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district nursing is now a masters course. full title Specialist Practitioner - District Nursing wife was the last year before it went to a masters. obviously you dont for just being a community nurses. and obviously previously qualified people dont need it. she is now doing the anp masters course
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district nursing is now a masters course. full title Specialist Practitioner - District Nursing wife was the last year before it went to a masters. obviously you dont for just being a community nurses. and obviously previously qualified people dont need it. she is now doing the anp masters course
Not sure if that's just something in your area. We don't have that where I'm from. District nurse you just need a degree. ANP and research nurse is the only masters available in my area
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Thanks mate! 👍 I try my best to be informative 😇
And you always are! I'm sure you're a fantastic Nurse.
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Not sure if that's just something in your area. We don't have that where I'm from. District nurse you just need a degree. ANP and research nurse is the only masters available in my area
your correct its all over the place bsc, post graduate diploma and masters. wifw studied at rgu and they have moved to a masters only program.
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your correct its all over the place bsc, post graduate diploma and masters. wifw studied at rgu and they have moved to a masters only program.
Masters only to be an RN?! Really?? Since when did this happen! Madness
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no she started as a diploma then a BSC at the OU followed by a district nurse degree awarded as a Bn she is now doing the anp masters. every time she says its the last time she will study but it never is hence the comment about a doctorate. wbnurse its about district nursing qualifications its awarded at 3 levels but is classed the same by the nmc. obviously a normal nursing is just a degree. im happy with my diploma
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no she started as a diploma then a BSC at the OU followed by a district nurse degree awarded as a Bn she is now doing the anp masters. every time she says its the last time she will study but it never is hence the comment about a doctorate. wbnurse its about district nursing qualifications its awarded at 3 levels but is classed the same by the nmc. obviously a normal nursing is just a degree. im happy with my diploma
Ahh I get it now. She sounds like me! Never happy unless we are climbing some sort of ladder
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