GPN Ready nurse blog – week 14

This week Jack* gains confidence in his clinical skills by mastering a tricky procedure.

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? 

These weeks of 2018 just seem to be melting away. This week saw the final of the GP Nursing Awards ceremony being drawn at a fabulous event in York (my favourite place ever.)

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

This week has seen a variety of procedures being completed; this week we also had a number of ambulances called to the surgery admitting patients. I love the day-to-day drama of GP.

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

This week has seen lots of suture and clip removals. This was once something that made me nervous and something I didn’t enjoy. I had built up my confidence removing sutures from legs, arms and wrists; howver I was faced with another challenge this week, removing them from a patient’s face. Not only did I have one…but two people requiring suture removal from their faces! I overcame the hurdle and removed all of the sutures successfully.

One important thing that you learned this week?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela.) This is a very powerful and motivational quote and it gets me through everyday life.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I loved attending the award evening in York; it was such a wonderful experience to be around colleagues and nurses who had nominated me and supported me to get to where I am today. It was also wonderful to be around successful and inspirational nurses sharing their experiences and careers with other nurses from across the country.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Not getting to spend enough time in York!

What have you done this week to relax?

This weekend was a relaxing weekend catching up with my family and walking my dog. Next week will see a long weekend due to the Bank Holiday; I’m looking forward to a little break.