PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland

PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland
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27/05/08 The PNA has been successful in a claim to the Labour Court against the HSE's insistence that the pay scale for Advanced Nurses Practitioner (ANP) be linked to the banding of the hospital in which they serve.

PNA success in Labour Court.

The PNA has been successful in a claim to the Labour Court against the HSE's insistence that the pay scale for Advanced Nurses Practitioner (ANP) be linked to the banding of the hospital in which they serve. The HSE had taken the position the in a non-band 1 hospital, an ANP would be paid less than their counterpart in a Band 1 hospital. This despite a Masters level qualification being required and specialized skills being practiced in the same way in both hospitals. Although the claim does not concern those working in Mental Health who are linked to Band 1 Hospitals anyway, it is positive news for nurses working outside mental health in other specialist services. This is particularly important when looking at ANP's who want to practice in Intellectual Disability Services. Lesser pay for ANP's, the highest position a nurse clinician can hold, would naturally indicate a second class system which would only copper fasten the HSE's treatment of this sector historically.

Des Kavanagh said: "It's great news for nurses working outside Mental Health, and a credit to those who worked on the campaign, but we must all work together to ensure the ANP grade is firmly established in ID Services"

For the full Labour Court findings click on this link