first-level nurses

first-level nurses

A general term for the nurses who comprise the majority of the registered nurses in the UK, who formerly bore such titles as RGN (registered general nurse), RSCN (registered sick children's nurse), RMN (registered mental nurse), and RNMH (registered nurse for the mentally handicapped).
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Nursing practice should be informed by the best available evidence, but should all first-level nurses be competent at research appraisal and utilisation?
According to NHS workforce statistics, in 2007 there were 307 628 full-time equivalent nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in England, but of these only 2.9% were district nurses, 2.9% health visitors and 3.5% registered nurses working with children, and nearly 78.1% were other first-level nurses. (2)