Taking the lead in neonatal care
How does a nurse fill a traditionally medical role? By mastering the basics first, says advanced nurse practitioner Nicky McCarthy
Inspiring others to follow in her footsteps is very important to Nicky McCarthy, who works in a trail-blazing role as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner.
‘I’m especially keen to show nurses leading. We should aim to be role models,’ says Ms McCarthy, who works in the special care baby unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
In one of only two such units in the UK to be independently nurse-led, she works as part of a team of ten advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs), in a role that would traditionally be viewed as medical.
After qualifying as an adult nurse in...
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