Editorials

New opportunities in practice nursing

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.3 (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:3
  1. Pamela Venning,
  2. Martin Roland
  1. Lecturer in practice nursing Professor of general practice Department of General Practice, University of Manchester, Manchester M14 5NP

    Roles matter more than titles

    Important changes in the education of practice nurses are imminent. Hitherto such nurses have come from widely varying backgrounds and have often had little prior training in practice nursing despite undertaking an increasing range of tasks. New courses are about to define areas of professional responsibility and accountability rather than focusing on isolated areas of competence.1 Nurses will be able to attain a qualification equivalent to a first degree to work as a district nurse, health visitor, or general practice nurse from a common core curriculum. Recognition of advanced …

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