The worlds gone mad. I don't agree with NPs at the best of time, everytime I go round the wards there seems to be bugger all 'nurses' and everyone is a practitioner of some sort nowaday. This has led to patient neglect, half the time the obs don't get done, the normal nurses are overstretched and these NPs who seem to regard themselves as Drs seem to float about not really doing anything. I guess this hit boiling point when I was covering some shifts as a locum, one of the NPs came up to me telling me a few things, firstly that she had won over 100k on the lottery. I asked her if she was going to take some time off work, she then said that there was no point as that was 2 years wages for her. 50k a year!! I was a bit stunned and asked her what her basic was: £20 p/h with time 1/3rd at nights and time 2/3rds on a Sunday. She asked me what I was on so I said £10 basic and £5 for 50% banding. So lemme get this straight, NPs who overall don't really do that much, are way less qual than a F1, can't prescribe anything decent, have no real responsibility (as the F1 always has to review any pts they see), can't interpret blood gases or suggest O2 changes etc etc. Get paid yearly nearly double an FY1 and more than an F2 for someone way less clinically qualified. I thought the point of NPs was freeing up F1s etc to get on with the job and a cheaper alternative but I can't possibly see how they can be true when they are a way more expensive option.