Roscommon University Hospital has announced that Patricia Larkin has recently been appointed as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP) in Emergency Nursing at Roscommon Injury Unit. RANPs are the highest level of clinical experts in the nursing profession in Ireland today, and are transforming services for patients through an expanded scope of practice, greater clinical autonomy and decision-making.
Patricia undertook her Bachelor of Nursing Degree at University of Galway. After qualifying in 2001, she worked in Merlin Park University Hospital, and in 2002, returned home to begin a 20-year career in the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. During this time, Patricia gained vast experience in general medical and surgical nursing, and worked as an Arthroplasty Nurse Specialist and Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Orthopaedic Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic before taking up her post as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Roscommon Injury Unit.
The attendance at Roscommon Injury Unit has been growing consistently year on year. In 2021, the unit treated 10,500 patients – an increase of 39 per cent on 2020. At the end of August 2022, staff in the unit had treated 9,719 patients – an increase of 45 per cent on the same time last year.
Hospital Manager Mary Garvey said: “I am delighted to welcome Patricia to her new role in the Injury Unit. Advanced Nurse Practitioners are transforming services for patients”.
Roscommon Injury Unit is open 365 days a year from 8 am to 8 pm, treating a range of injuries in both adults and children over the age of five.