GPN Ready nurse blog – week 24

This week Jack* discovers the importance of reviewing clinical guidance to deliver safe 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 been a mixture of treatment room duties; I have been reviewing lots of ears. This week has also seen lots of minor injuries from patients having accidents over the Bank Holiday, so lots of dressings. It is always really busy the Friday before a Bank Holiday and the Tuesday after a Bank Holiday. This week I worked on the Tuesday, something I really enjoyed as Tuesday is normally my day off, so it was nice to work with different staff members who I wouldn’t normally see.

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

This week has seen a large influx of patients requiring vaccinations. I enjoy vaccinations as you have to use patient group directives (PGDs) and have to be very autonomous in your practice to risk assess to ensure suitability and patient safety.

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

This week I saw a two and a half year old who was advised that they needed a pneumococcal booster as they had low anti-bodies. Initially I thought it would be a straight-forward re-vaccination, however on reviewing the patient’s vaccination history and reviewing the “Green Book” (aka the Practice Nurse Bible) it advised that she required the adult dose of the pneumococcal vaccination. This is why it is very important to review clinical guidance to ensure high quality patient care whilst delivering safe practice.

One important thing that you learned this week?

When delivering patient-centred care, it is really important to: Access, Plan and Implement.

Access– Check patient suitability and if this is the right treatment pathway for them.

Plan – Include the patient in all aspects of their care and ensure that they understand the treatment plan.

Implement– Deliver the discussed treatment pathway.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I really enjoyed problem-solving this week and developing a solution to the problem. That’s what we do as practice nurses; we face barriers and look at ways to overcome them.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Trying to get through to departments at the hospital and being on the phone for ages listening to cheesy 80s lift-music while being on hold!

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I went to Leeds for the day; I love the culture and the vibe of Leeds. I enjoyed tapas and cocktails. This next week I have nothing planned at the moment, so I will look forward to seeing what the week will bring. Hope you have a lovely week.