GPN Ready nurse blog – week 22

This week Jack* attends a peer support day and catches up with old friends from his nursing course.

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 very enjoyable week, filled with lots of sunshine and catching up with old and new friends. This week I have seen a few of my fellow nursing colleagues who I graduated with, it is lovely to catch up and see how they are getting on. This week I have been carrying out lots of pill checks, I really enjoy this however there is quite a lot to remember. I have also attended a peer support day hosted by the university; this session was on behaviour change and motivational interviewing.

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

This week has seen lots of pill checks and I have assisted with minor operations carried out within surgery. I enjoy assisting with minor operations as I get to see procedures that I wouldn’t normally see and get to ensure that my clinical skills are up-to-date.

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

This week I attended a peer support day. I really enjoy these sessions as you can reflect and discuss issues and concerns with other colleagues. I also found the motivational interviewing tips and techniques very useful and look forward to reviewing my practice to enhance these skills. I believe these skills are essential in practice nursing in the encouragement of health promotion and well-being.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Accurate, relevant and factual documentation is a key part of safe nursing practice. “If it isn’t documented, it hasn’t been done.”

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I really enjoyed assisting with minor operations; I particularly enjoyed assisting with the excision of an infected cyst on a patient’s back. This was just like something from ‘Dr Pimple-Popper!’

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

This week it has been really hot in surgery, unfortunately we don’t have air conditioning.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week has been a chill-out weekend, spending time in the garden, doing household chores and preparing for the week ahead.

I am really looking forward to the week ahead as I am on my Ear Care & Irrigation study day on Monday. I have really been looking forward to this as I have observed this being done in surgery but have never had a go. I was booked onto the course in January and have been super-excited, however I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.