GPN Ready nurse blog -week 1

This week Jack* starts work at his new practice and meets his new colleagues!

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?

I’ve had a very busy but exciting week, this is because I am now working full time in the practice. I have done some mixed jobs this week, to help me adapt and understand various roles people have at the practice. Most of my time has been spent doing administrative work, such as tending to patients on the telephone and at reception. All of this work will allow me to transition from the student nurse position into roles which a qualified nurse would perform.

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

I have worked with a mixture of staff, both administrative and clinical. This is helping me to understand the workings of the practice and get me into doing my own clinics as soon as possible.

The skill areas which I’ve been building on this week have included blood pressures, blood samples and other roles which a healthcare assistant would generally perform. I will continue to perform these tasks until my NMC pin number is obtained in the coming weeks. These tasks are a good starting point and will help me to develop the core skills I will need in lone working as a practice nurse.

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

I have never worked on a reception before, so I felt that doing this role would bring me new skills and an appreciation for the tasks which reception staff do day to day.

I gained insights into what each doctor and nurse offer to various patients, as some are more specialised in various areas.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Never be afraid to ask, even if you know the answer seek clarification to ensure you are delivering safe high quality care. Staff members would rather you ask, than do something you aren’t confident in.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I loved working with the various members of staff this week, getting to know them and what they do inside the practice. The practice had thoroughly considered my induction and orientation into the new role, which has really boosted my confidence and made it more engaging.

I am also looking forward to getting my own appointments with patients and finding out all about how this process works. This will lead onto the General Practice Nurse Ready Scheme and various other training courses the practice have me lined up for.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

My worst part of the week was getting used remembering the different codes to clinical room doors and getting used to a different computer system. However, five days in and I get the main codes and have been able to log onto the system independently. This has all been down to the patience of my colleagues, of which I am really grateful.

What have you done this week to relax?

I’ve been on such a high this week, I really have enjoyed the start to my new job. I’ve been out for a meal with my family to celebrate and finished it off with some shopping for items around the home.

Have you any hopes and plans for next week?

Next week I am looking forward to developing my confidence and running clinics with aided supervision. I am also looking forward to observing the running of minor op clinics and assisting my colleagues.