Specialist practitioner numbers to expand at Limerick hospitals

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Advanced nursing practitioner Audrey Butler, of University Hospital Limerick orthopaedics, says the new expansion might encourage student nurses to stay in Ireland

Advanced nursing practitioner Audrey Butler, of University Hospital Limerick orthopaedics, says the new expansion might encourage student nurses to stay in Ireland

THE UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick and University Maternity Hospital Limerick are set to expand their number of advanced nursing and midwifery practitioner posts later this year.

Advanced nursing and midwifery practitioner roles (ANP and AMP) are developed as a direct response to the health needs of the public. Limerick is set to benefit from seven additional posts in unscheduled care, rheumatology and elderly care following this academic year.

This move is part of the Government’s plan to create 700 of these discipline-specific posts by 2021. 

There are currently 13 registered practitioners in this field within the UL Hospitals Group, covering the entire Mid-West region.

UL Hospital chief director of nursing and midwifery, Margaret Gleeson said: “It is a big commitment for a nurse or a midwife to go down this route and it is heartening to see so many people doing just that with the full support of their colleagues in nursing and in medicine.”

UHL’s Audrey Butler, the first ever ANP in orthopaedics in Ireland, said that the current expansion of this system will encourage student nurses to stay within the healthcare system in Ireland.

Welcoming the news, she said: “For those staff in a particular area of nursing, who may not have a particular desire to go into management, it means you can stay within your area of specialty, remain clinical and keep that patient contact. And that suited me very well.”