Nurses to train alongside medical students

Hospital
nurses are set to train alongside medical students for the first time ever, in
a bid to ease the pressure and long hours currently placed on junior doctors.

A
pioneering training course developed by Northumbria Healthcare Trust will see
12 nurse practitioners train alongside medical students at the University of
Newcastle.

After
the nurses have completed the six-month programme, it is hoped they will be
able to take on some basic medical tasks, such as taking blood samples and
interpreting x-rays – duties traditionally carried out by junior doctors.

Although
the nurses will not replace junior doctors, it is hoped the scheme can help
ease the excessively long hours worked by doctors across the country.

www.northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk

By Ross Wigham

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