GPN Ready nurse blog – week 21

This week Jack* enjoys another Bank Holiday weekend and shares his expertise with students at his practice.

We have teamed up with newly-qualified nurse Jack,* one of Health Education England’s GPN Ready Scheme nurses, to find out exactly what it is like to make the move from nursing student straight to GP nurse! Every week, we will be hearing from Jack* and finding out about his week in General Practice. Over to you, Jack*!

*name has been changed for confidentiality purposes

How has your week been? 

This week has only been a short week for me due to the Bank Holiday! Weeks just seem to be flying by. This week I worked with a 3rd Year Medical Student, training her on how to take bloods and give injections. I also worked with the 2nd year student nurse that is on her Hub (Main) placement at our practice.

What have you mostly been doing at the Practice this week?

This week I have been working with a variety of different students. I really enjoy having students as you can work with them to incorporate evidence based practice & experiential learning to shape them into healthcare professionals of the future. Hopefully I am a positive role-model for them. I had lots of role-models throughout my training and I still aspire to be like nurses that I work with now that I am qualified.

Have you done anything this week that you have never done before? How did it go?

This week I attended a training session on Ear, Nose & Throats (ENTs) as I have started to develop my foundation knowledge because I will soon be going on my Ear Care & Irrigation course. This week I have started to look into patients’ ears (with consent) when they have a concern. I am really looking forward to the Ear Care course as a lot of my colleagues have been on it and have really enjoyed it.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Keep hydrated throughout the running of the day! You must look after your own health otherwise you won’t be much help to your patients.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I have been able to spend a little longer with patients as my clinics haven’t been so busy, so I have been able to listen to their stories. It is so important to spend time with patients and develop professional relationships to ensure that individualised patient-centred care is delivered.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

It has only been a 3-day week…so what is there to complain about?!!

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I attended a vintage car show! I have a Mini and I love to see old classic cars. I have also been clocking up lots of miles walking in the beautiful countryside with my dog. We really are so lucky to live near the countryside.

This week I have another peer support study session hosted by the university GPN Ready scheme. I really enjoy these sessions as they help you to develop the foundations of clinical skills and are a platform to network with other nurses and healthcare professionals.

GPN Ready nurse blog – week 20

This week Jack* gains confidence with giving injections and has some conflict-resolution training.

We have teamed up with newly-qualified nurse Jack,*one of Health Education England’s GPN Ready Scheme nurses, to find out exactly what it is like to make the move from nursing student straight to GP nurse! Every week, we will be hearing from Jack* and finding out about his week in General Practice. Over to you, Jack*!

*name has been changed for confidentiality purposes

How has your week been? 

This week has been really quiet! This is a very rare occasion. Perhaps all of the lovely sunshine and warm weather is making patients feel better. Sunshine is the best holistic medication available…very good for boosting Vitamin D levels.

What have you mostly been doing at the Practice this week?

This week has seen a variety of patients attending for different injections; from Vitamin B12, contraception to seasonal vaccinations (Shingles and Pneumonia.) When I first started my training as a nurse I used to avoid injections, as I eally hated the thought of hurting someone or giving myself a needlestick injury. Thankfully throughout my training I have had lots of supportive mentors who helped me to get over my phobia and now I feel confident giving injections safely and competently.

Have you done anything this week that you have never done before? How did it go?

This week I attended an external training course about conflict resolution and de-escalation technique training. I think this is a really important skill to have especially working in General Practice, you are essentially a lone worker as you are in your treatment room alone. Thankfully I have never had to deal with a situation where I have needed to use de-escalation.

One important thing that you learned this week?

When working in General Practice it is really important to be organised, as you have a strict time-scale to work to. Time slots vary from 5-30 minute appointments. I like to ensure that I’m prepared for when the patient arrives, as they will often ask you something else that rocks the rhythm of your working, but if you are organised this won’t disturb your clinic too much.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week, during the training session, there was group work. I love working in groups of different nurses as you can learn so much from each other. I also really enjoyed the role-play of the conflict resolution training session.

This week I also received a cake from a patient who I see regularly…his wife enjoys baking and shares the cakes between the hospital and the surgery. PS- it was lemon drizzle, one of my favourites! I love cakes!

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Apart from it being a little warm from the weather, nothing to note.

What have you done this week to relax?

This weekend the weather has been just glorious, so I have enjoyed being out in the sun for most of the weekend. This week has also been a juicy bonus, as it is a 4-day weekend for me, thanks to the Bank Holiday.

Next week I have another study support day and I have a medical student working with me, this is both exciting and nerve-wracking! Hope you have a lovely week ahead.

 

GPN Ready nurse blog – week 19

This week Jack* builds his portfolio and reflects on the training he has received through the GPN Ready scheme.

We have teamed up with newly-qualified nurse Jack,*one of Health Education England’s GPN Ready Scheme nurses, to find out exactly what it is like to make the move from nursing student straight to GP nurse! Every week, we will be hearing from Jack* and finding out about his week in General Practice. Over to you, Jack*!

*name has been changed for confidentiality purposes

How has your week been? 

This week has been a week of ordering stock, ensuring clinical rooms have adequate stock and that equipment is rotated, rooms are cleaned and sharps bins are disposed of. Unlike many hospital settings, practice nurses along with the Healthcare assistants work together and ensure that this is completed and orders are placed together. I enjoy this way of working.

What have you mostly been doing at the Practice this week?

This week has again seen a large amount of travel vaccinations. I love travel vaccinations and I feel that I have become a lot more confident in the delivery of travel advice and sign-posting patients to access additional services if needed. Travel vaccinations can be very complex and it is very important to remain up to date and use accurate sources.

Have you done anything this week that you have never done before? How did it go?

This week I worked alongside one of the GPs to raise a safeguarding alert for a patient, who we both saw on separate occasions and felt that they were vulnerable. I have never raised this alert myself; it was scary but also integral to my role as a patient advocate and protecting the safety of my patient.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Every week I learn something new; this week I have been consolidating my portfolio. I have received so much training and continuing professional development (CPD) and I have only been in my post for seven months. I love training and I advise that you get as many learning opportunities as possible to ensure that high quality patient-centred care is delivered.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I really enjoyed working with our new Advanced Practitioners. I really feel that it is important to incorporate everyone into the team as our ultimate goal is delivering high quality patient-centred care.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Again…another lovely week in a job that I love.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week on Friday I rushed home from work and got ready and went to a Cuban restaurant in Sheffield. I enjoyed lots of yummy tapas dishes and exotic cocktails. This is my favourite kind of place as I can never make up my mind about what I would like off the menu so I can enjoy a bit of everything…they also have live music which makes the evening.

In the coming week I hope to continue to develop my liquid nitrogen skills and to develop my confidence.

GPN Ready nurse blog – week 18

This week Jack* has another support visit from his GPN Ready advisor and enjoys the sunny weather.

We have teamed up with newly-qualified nurse Jack,*one of Health Education England’s GPN Ready Scheme nurses, to find out exactly what it is like to make the move from nursing student straight to GP nurse! Every week, we will be hearing from Jack* and finding out about his week in General Practice. Over to you, Jack*!

*name has been changed for confidentiality purposes

How has your week been? 

Wow, how wonderful the weather has been this week! I love the sunshine, it makes everything shine and makes everyone feel better. This week I had a visit from my academic advisor from the GPN Ready Scheme, so that was lovely. I have received continued support both personally and academically through the GPN Ready Scheme, it is definitely beneficial to supporting me through my journey into General Practice.

What have you mostly been doing at the Practice this week?

This week I have been reviewing and treating lots of post-operative wounds and wounds that had to be booked via Triage. I enjoy assessing a new wound as it really tests your knowledge and you get to see the progression from the acute to the healed stage. I love that you are a part of the full patient journey and are able to provide them with the support that they require.

Have you done anything this week that you have never done before? How did it go?

This week I was working with a patient to self-manage their condition at home to provide them with the freedom to meet their own care needs and the flexibility to travel when they like and to not be restricted to attending the practice for injections. This involved showing the patient how to prepare the medication, draw up the medication, administer it correctly and dispose of it safely. I really enjoyed this; I enjoy assisting people to meet their care needs.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Always use evidence-based practice to underpin your clinical practice. Refer patients to use these sites when they have to make informed decisions to ensure that their judgment is based on up to date practice from a reputable site.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I enjoyed the sunshine and how it changes everyone’s moods. This week I also really enjoyed the visit from my academic advisor as it gives you the reassurance and support you need, giving you the confidence that you are doing your job correctly.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

I felt very sorry for the patients this week that I had to do bilateral leg bandages for, as it would have been very hot for them. However it was lovely to see them enjoying the sunshine and not letting it spoil their good spirits.

What have you done this week to relax?

This weekend I was enjoying the sunshine, making the most of time in the countryside. I also had a good catch up with my close friends and family. This week we again have some new staff members joining the team so that will be exciting. I look forward to another busy but exciting week ahead.

GPN Ready nurse blog – week 17

This week Jack* enjoys a study day and meets other nurses new to General Practice.

We have teamed up with newly-qualified nurse Jack,*one of Health Education England’s GPN Ready Scheme nurses, to find out exactly what it is like to make the move from nursing student straight to GP nurse! Every week, we will be hearing from Jack* and finding out about his week in General Practice. Over to you, Jack*!

*name has been changed for confidentiality purposes

How has your week been? 

This week has again been a really busy but interesting week, full of new patients and lots of new learning experiences. This week again has been a three-day week due to attending a study day hosted by the GPN Ready Scheme.

What have you mostly been doing at the Practice this week?

This week has seen me carrying out a lot of blood pressure checks; this is something that I am fairly new to…learning the blood pressure ranges for patients with different conditions and ensuring that blood pressures remain within range. I have started to learn the policy for managing blood pressures within our practice, I have also started to learn the lift line investigations needed to be undertaken and the drugs used as first-line treatment. This is something that is very exciting and a very important part of the practice nurse role (managing the health of the local community) as hypertension is a common long-term condition, often associated with the stress of everyday life.

Have you done anything this week that you have never done before? How did it go?

This week I referred a patient to ‘Social Prescribing’- this is a service used to support patients who require additional support to manage social exclusion and help to manage their long-term conditions, whilst preventing hospital admissions. This is a very effective service that is valued by many.

One important thing that you learned this week?

This week whilst on my study day, I was advised on useful online resources that are patient friendly and are easy for them to access and engage with. Promoting self-help and patient management is very important for them to successfully engage and take care of their own health.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week whilst on the study day; there was a collective mix of nurses, both new to nursing and many with years of experience working in hospitals who were new to General Practice. I loved hearing their stories and sharing knowledge and tips with each other.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Nothing to report! Another enjoyable week.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I had a shopping trip to Leeds (I love Leeds.) I also had a pamper session and got my hair cut. This weekend I also worked a shift at the hospital for the first time since qualifying. It was only as a Healthcare Assistant, but I really enjoyed it and it was lovely seeing and working with all of the staff that supported me through my training. Nothing to note happening next week, so I look forward to what the week has to bring. Have a joyful week everyone!