Nurses vexed by collaboration stance

NURSING groups have vented their frustration after a recent Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) document advised GPs to think about where nurse practitioners (NPs) were educated when entering into a collaborative arrangement.

The draft document, out for public consultation, states GPs entering a Collaborative Care Arrangement need to have a clear understanding of the NP’s level of experience, and satisfy themselves with their duties, responsibilities and experience in specific areas of care.

“NPs’ aptitude, skills and education will vary, due to both vocational experience and differing academic standards amongst educational institutions,” it said.

The draft document advised GPs to conduct a number of detailed meetings with the NP to discuss the desired scope of practice.

To access the PBS and MBS, NPs must have a collaborative agreement with an eligible medical practitioner.