Sixteen nurse practitioners from hospitals across the West of Scotland are the first nurses ever to successfully complete the Federation of Royal Medical Colleges and The Royal College of Anaesthetist's IMPACT course.
The Ill Medical Patients' Acute Care and Treatment course (IMPACT) is usually undertaken by Senior House Officers (SHOs) in medicine but the nurses undertook the course as part of a new NHS Education for Scotland supported module on Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Adult at Glasgow Caledonian University.
The course was part of the nurses training as Hospital at Night Nurse Practitioners and before taking the course the nurses were prepared by a multidisciplinary team led by consultant anaesthetists Dr Lindsay Donaldson and Dr Ken James, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
The nurses were also thoroughly put through their paces on a high tech patient simulator at the Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre at Stirling Royal Infirmary by Dr Graham Nimmo.
Dr Magnus Garrioch of Manchester Royal Infirmary and National Director for IMPACT congratulated the students on their success.
He added:"As a group they have performed exceptionally well and to a standard expected of senior house officers.
"We are hoping other nurses will now consider doing the course as part of their training and development."
The students now have to complete a written examination and clinical examination to complete the module.
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