GPN Ready nurse blog – week 2

This week, Jack* gets his PIN number and becomes a fully-fledged practice nurse!

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, what a week it has been! This week I officially became a nurse, I received my NMC PIN number…YAY!

I also started having my own appointments this week, just obtaining blood samples and blood pressures. It was also the start of flu vaccinations.

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

This week I started having my own clinic lists…that was exciting and scary at the same time. I feel that this week I have begun to develop my communication skills and time-keeping skills to be able to run and maintain the smooth running of clinic appointment slots. Luckily, my practice have put me on double-appointment slots to break me in.

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

This week I gave my first flu vaccination. I have given lots of vaccinations previously, but always under supervision. This time it was my first as a fully qualified nurse! Even though it was only a flu vaccination, it was still scary. Since that one I have done more and it has boosted my confidence.

One important thing that you learned this week?

The most important thing that I have learned this week is to continually check patients’ dates of birth and their drug allergies. Furthermore, I have learned the importance of checking batch numbers and expiry dates.

I have also learned the importance of documenting correctly…I am now accountable to ensure correct and accurate documentation whilst maintaining patient safety.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

Working as a team…and I am beginning to embark on my journey towards becoming a practice nurse, now that I have officially received my NMC PIN number.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

I have had a really good week this week, with nothing bad to report.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I got together with a group of friends from university. We went for afternoon tea and an afternoon of shopping. I really enjoy getting out and about, meeting up with friends…it’s nice to get together with university friends and discuss our jobs and developments into qualified nurses.