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Cardiac surgery nurse practitioners

cardiac surgery nurse practitioners

Cardiac surgery nurse practitioners came into post in May 2011. Nurse practitioners are highly skilled nurses who work as part of the multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality care to elective and emergency patients receiving cardiac surgery procedures. 

Fully trained nurse practitioners work closely with the medical team undertaking some of the roles previously performed solely by junior doctors, in the care and management of patients from admission to discharge. These include skilled assessments of patients on admission, attending medical ward rounds, planning of ongoing care, ordering of appropriate tests, prescribing and discharge planning.

This role means that the process from admission to discharge can be smoothly managed by facilitating communication between the medical, nursing and allied teams. Service development is key to the role and the practitioners are all working continuously to improve practice by identifying inefficiencies, developing policies, procedures and building relationships with referring hospitals.