GPN Ready nurse blog – week 12

This week Jack* enjoys some collaborative training with other colleagues at his practice and learns the value of support.

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 week of learning and personal development. I have really enjoyed this week as I got to learn new skills and meet new people. I feel that, like most weeks recently, they just seem to fly by.

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

This week in the practice I have been doing a large amount of travel vaccinations, leg dressings and Blood Pressure Reviews. I really enjoy developing the foundations of my fundamental clinical skills; becoming more confident and recognising my own limitations. I have also been working with and supporting the student nurse and the healthcare student.

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

This week I attended a Spirometry study day. This is something that I have only observed up till now, so it was really good to understand the foundations and practice within a training environment.

Furthermore, I also attended a safeguarding children study day; I found this very interesting and useful, as prior to my current post I had not worked with children, so my knowledge was limited. The study day was tailored to working in GP so again, was very useful and relatable.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Support is the most important! It is really important to have support in all aspects of your life and career in order to succeed.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I really enjoyed going on the study days, but I most enjoyed the Safeguarding study day, as we went on the study as a practice, including all of the GPs and Nurses, so it was a bonding experience. It is allowed for collaborative inter-professional working as at the study days were a variety of healthcare professionals.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Not enough time in the day!

What have you done this week to relax?

This weekend saw me spending it with my extra-special Mum for Mothers’ Day; again we went shopping and went out for a lovely afternoon tea (I love afternoon tea,especially with Prosecco!)