GPN Ready nurse blog – week 25

This week Jack* reflects on the great quality support and one-to-one learning that can be found in General Practice nursing.

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 I have had a really productive week, I have managed to discharge a large number of long-standing patients undergoing wound care, as all of their wounds had healed. This week I have also had a meeting with my manager to discuss further career development and to get me booked onto my long-term conditions courses. I will start with Asthma first; this is something that I am really looking forward to. I really feel that General Practice has developed me as a nurse and I think that this is an excellent career pathway for a newly-qualified nurse, motivated to progress in an ever-growing role. I love it!

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

Lots and lots of ears again this week, I have just started doing ear-irrigation on my own after being under supervision. Lots of wax removed and lots of satisfied patients = Happy Nurse!

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

This week I took charge when working alongside my colleague working in Baby Clinic. I feel more confident now and I have been able to research the different vaccinations and learn the required vaccination schedule. This is something that I will be undertaking independently again soon, again, all very exciting.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Supervision, Supervision, Supervision. I cannot express how much support and one-to-one learning experience you get in general practice. I have found it to be really beneficial being a newly-qualified nurse in General Practice as the learning opportunities are amazing.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I have had a really good week. I love General Practice and the variation of patients and situations that you get to come across on a daily basis.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Nothing to report.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I have spent some quality time with my parents and my dog. I love these types of weekends, having a catch-up and eating lots of lovely food.

This week coming, we have a team-building afternoon at work and I have a study day on health promotion by the GPN Ready Scheme, it should be a really good week. I hope you have a lovely week too.