GPN Ready nurse blog – week 18

This week Jack* has another support visit from his GPN Ready advisor and enjoys the sunny weather.

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? 

Wow, how wonderful the weather has been this week! I love the sunshine, it makes everything shine and makes everyone feel better. This week I had a visit from my academic advisor from the GPN Ready Scheme, so that was lovely. I have received continued support both personally and academically through the GPN Ready Scheme, it is definitely beneficial to supporting me through my journey into General Practice.

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

This week I have been reviewing and treating lots of post-operative wounds and wounds that had to be booked via Triage. I enjoy assessing a new wound as it really tests your knowledge and you get to see the progression from the acute to the healed stage. I love that you are a part of the full patient journey and are able to provide them with the support that they require.

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

This week I was working with a patient to self-manage their condition at home to provide them with the freedom to meet their own care needs and the flexibility to travel when they like and to not be restricted to attending the practice for injections. This involved showing the patient how to prepare the medication, draw up the medication, administer it correctly and dispose of it safely. I really enjoyed this; I enjoy assisting people to meet their care needs.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Always use evidence-based practice to underpin your clinical practice. Refer patients to use these sites when they have to make informed decisions to ensure that their judgment is based on up to date practice from a reputable site.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I enjoyed the sunshine and how it changes everyone’s moods. This week I also really enjoyed the visit from my academic advisor as it gives you the reassurance and support you need, giving you the confidence that you are doing your job correctly.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

I felt very sorry for the patients this week that I had to do bilateral leg bandages for, as it would have been very hot for them. However it was lovely to see them enjoying the sunshine and not letting it spoil their good spirits.

What have you done this week to relax?

This weekend I was enjoying the sunshine, making the most of time in the countryside. I also had a good catch up with my close friends and family. This week we again have some new staff members joining the team so that will be exciting. I look forward to another busy but exciting week ahead.