GPN Ready nurse blog – week 11

This week Jack* battles the bad weather and grows in confidence in his role.

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 again a steady week filled with a variety of clinical appointments. When it is quieter, you are able to complete tasks that have been building up and you are able to do some self-reflection and research to ensure that you are delivering high quality patient care. This week I worked with our student nurse, which was nice again. I faced a few barriers this week, especially with regards to the weather.

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

This week has seen a variety of appointments, especially travel vaccinations. I find vaccinations to be a vast and interesting topic, however that being said, it is very complex and requires a dedicated conversation with the patient to truly ensure that you cover all aspects of travel health and vaccinations. I have attended a couple of travel health study days but I still find gaps within my knowledge. I have also been encouraging patients to seek advice from travel health centres as they are specialists in this area and are better able to offer advice for complex travel needs, such as long-stay travel patients, rural expeditions and patients going to work in high risk areas.

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

Every day is a day of learning. I love learning and developing. This week has seen me developing a number of existing skills and developing my confidence in their delivery.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Enjoy the job you are doing; you have worked so hard to get here. I love my job and I love seeing patients receive high quality care. Patient satisfaction = job satisfaction. 

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week has seen me discharging a large number of patients with acute wounds as they have all healed; YAY! I have been able to deliver care to these patients throughout their wound care journey. This is a very satisfying, rewarding and reassuring part of the job, knowing that you are making people better and improving their quality of life.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

The horrible, cold and snowy weather that we have all been faced with this week! Snow is fabulous for window-watching, but terrible for travelling in. Keep safe, everyone.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week has been a lovely catch-up weekend. I have again been buying sparkly things for my home, I have also been doing a spot of DIY (I use that term loosely!)- well, more like supervising! I enjoy quiet weekends, plus I have also had the opportunity to have some wintery walks.

This upcoming weekend, I am attending another study day hosted by the GPN Ready Scheme course. This study day focuses on Spirometry Induction. This is used in the diagnosis of a number of respiratory diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. I have limited knowledge of respiratory conditions, so I look forward to the learning opportunity.

Hope you all have a lovely week and catch up next weekend.