GPN Ready nurse blog – week 19

This week Jack* builds his portfolio and reflects on the training he has received through the GPN Ready scheme.

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 ordering stock, ensuring clinical rooms have adequate stock and that equipment is rotated, rooms are cleaned and sharps bins are disposed of. Unlike many hospital settings, practice nurses along with the Healthcare assistants work together and ensure that this is completed and orders are placed together. I enjoy this way of working.

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

This week has again seen a large amount of travel vaccinations. I love travel vaccinations and I feel that I have become a lot more confident in the delivery of travel advice and sign-posting patients to access additional services if needed. Travel vaccinations can be very complex and it is very important to remain up to date and use accurate sources.

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

This week I worked alongside one of the GPs to raise a safeguarding alert for a patient, who we both saw on separate occasions and felt that they were vulnerable. I have never raised this alert myself; it was scary but also integral to my role as a patient advocate and protecting the safety of my patient.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Every week I learn something new; this week I have been consolidating my portfolio. I have received so much training and continuing professional development (CPD) and I have only been in my post for seven months. I love training and I advise that you get as many learning opportunities as possible to ensure that high quality patient-centred care is delivered.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I really enjoyed working with our new Advanced Practitioners. I really feel that it is important to incorporate everyone into the team as our ultimate goal is delivering high quality patient-centred care.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Again…another lovely week in a job that I love.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week on Friday I rushed home from work and got ready and went to a Cuban restaurant in Sheffield. I enjoyed lots of yummy tapas dishes and exotic cocktails. This is my favourite kind of place as I can never make up my mind about what I would like off the menu so I can enjoy a bit of everything…they also have live music which makes the evening.

In the coming week I hope to continue to develop my liquid nitrogen skills and to develop my confidence.