Being a Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) in Primary Care
Evidence indicates that when nurses experience poor well-being it can impact on the quality of care delivered and increase the risks of nurses experiencing moral injury. PNAs lead and support nurses in practice; looking at reducing burnout and building resilience. They advocate and encourage nursing teams to lead on quality improvement, which in turn improves patient care. As well as developing skills of leadership the PNA supports teams in embedding robust Restorative Clinical Supervision (RCS).
Implementing this role in Primary Care has it's challenges. NHSE have stipulated that all providers of nurses should ensure there is access to a PNA, and they have a goal of having 1 PNA to 20 nurses throughout the UK. This is happening in Trusts. However, this presents a different challenge to us in Primary care. We have had to think outside of the box...please join us in sharing our journey so far!