The extent and nature of emergency nurse practitioner services in Scotland

Accid Emerg Nurs. 2001 Apr;9(2):123-9. doi: 10.1054/aaen.2000.0258.


Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) are being used in an increasing proportion of A&E departments across England and Wales. This paper reports the findings of a postal survey sent to all (94) A&E departments in Scotland including the smaller GP run units. The aim of the study was to document the extent and nature of ENP services in Scotland. Nurses were found to be practising as ENPs in 47% of Scottish A&E departments. The majority (70%) of nurses practising as ENPs had been educated for the role on courses for ENPs. Nurses working as ENPs were being paid at all grades ranging from the lowest grade for a staff nurse (D-grade) through to H-grade. ENPs are practising in all types of A&E department. Most ENPs have been formally trained for the role, however huge variation exists in educational preparation and in remuneration for this expanded nursing role.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Nursing* / education
  • Emergency Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Emergency Service, Hospital* / organization & administration
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Nurse Practitioners / economics
  • Nurse Practitioners / education
  • Nurse Practitioners / statistics & numerical data*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Scotland
  • Workforce