GPN Ready nurse blog – week 26

This week Jack* has a rather eventful team-building exercise with his practice colleagues!

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 rather an eventful week. We had a team-building exercise at work; this saw us having a picnic and playing rounders at a local park. I really enjoyed this and it really made us stronger as a team, despite one of the GPs tripping over and dislocating his elbow, needing us to call an ambulance (I know…in a group full of doctors and nurses!) This week I also attended another study day hosted by the GPN ready scheme.

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

This week in practice has seen a large amount of NHS Health checks; this is a routine check for patients aged 40-72 with no pre-existing health conditions, like a mini-MOT. This tied in well with the health-promotion study day that I attended by the university. This helped me to guide patients to useful websites and self-help information.

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

This week I called an ambulance for the first time (for the GP at rounders) – this was quite a scary thing to do, even as a healthcare professional myself, so I can understand and empathise as it must be scary for patients when they are in stressful situations.

One important thing that you learned this week?

This week I learned the importance of keeping calm and the importance of evaluation and assessment. keeping calm helps to diffuse a situation, whilst giving reassurance to the patient and giving you time to put an action plan in place. The saying, “Keep Calm and Carry On” is very true in healthcare.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I really enjoyed working as a team; I feel that we are all a mini professional family that works very well together. It really is a supportive team and I am very lucky to work with such a great bunch of colleagues.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

This week the car had to go in for an MOT…this cost me a small fortune!

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I had a good catch-up with one of my friends from university who I hadn’t seen in a while; time really does seem to fly by. It is really good to have catch-up time to reflect and share stories with one another.

This upcoming week I will be working with a work experience student and we have a new student nurse starting at the practice…it’s all go! This is what I really enjoy about General Practice, it is very fast-paced and constantly changing.