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.