GPN Ready nurse blog – week 13

This week Jack* says a sad farewell to a member of his practice team.

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 full of emotions; this week saw one of our practice nurses retire after 40 years of work (wow!) She has been very supportive to me over the last 6 months, both as a newly qualified nurse and as a nurse new to GP. I will miss her very much, but we will definitely be keeping in touch. Again this week has been very busy and has flown by, however I do love the hustle and bustle of practice nursing.

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

This week has been a week full of Electrocardiographs (ECGs.) I enjoy doing these when the machine behaves. This week has also seen me doing a large amount of NHS Health checks. This is a routine screening assessment for patients who do not have any long-term conditions, like a mini MOT really.

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

This week we had an internal TARGET; this is where we close the practice for the afternoon and discuss the practice’s progression, changes within the practice, discuss significant events and future plans. This week we discussed patients on the palliative care pathway. This was really nice to be a part of as we care for these patients on a weekly basis. The doctors also know these patients and the whole discussion was very patient-centred.

One important thing that you learned this week?

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” One of my favourite quotes!

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week was the last time we would all be working together as a full team of practice nurses. I know that I have only been there for just over 6 months, but I really feel like I have been welcomes and am a valued member of the practice team.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Losing my colleague who retired…one of my ‘go-to’ nurses.

What have you done this week to relax?

This weekend I attended an afternoon tea hosted by my retiring colleague…to celebrate her retirement and her working life. It was a lovely afternoon filled with positivity and lots of memory-sharing. She is a true role-model and an asset to the NHS.