The Many Benefits of Advanced Nurse Practitioners
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced The Final Evaluation Report on the Impact of Implementing the Draft Policy on expanding Graduate, Specialist and Advanced Nursing Practice has been published by the Department of Health. The policy was implemented across the four service areas of older persons, unscheduled (ED), respiratory and rheumatology care and evaluated through the work of 124 ANPs appointed to these areas of services with known challenges. The independent evaluation of the policy implementation was led jointly by Professor Anne-Marie Brady, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Johnathan Drennan, University College Cork. The evaluation examined the specific impact of Advanced Nurse Practitioners on service challenges using several key indicators such as, access to services, waiting lists, avoidance of unnecessary hospital admissions, improved patient flow, and support for early discharge from hospital.