GPN Ready nurse blog – week 4

This week Jack meets with his GPN Ready advisor and starts his training plan.

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 flown by! This week I met with my academic advisor from the GPN Ready scheme course to discuss my learning outcomes and my interests in general practice…also to get me booked onto training courses. This week I also attended a Wound care training course; this was very engaging and I have been able to develop my wound care knowledge.

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

Lots of flu vaccinations again; we are coming towards the end of the flu season and we are vaccinating the last few patients who have been recalled. This week has seen a variety of appointments being booked, such as: wound care, suture removal, blood pressure checks, long-term condition annual reviews (Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease, etc) pill checks and ECGs. I love the variety of my job! Something new every day.

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

This week I started to observe baby clinic. This involved working alongside another nurse and Healthcare Assistant to give children of all ages their primary and routine vaccination. This was a very nerve-wracking time, as you have to ensure that the vaccinations are correct, ensure the correct injection technique and keep the parents calm. Use the 5 Rs- Right patient, Right dose, Right route, Right time and Right drug. It is also really important to ensure that you have given the post-vaccination advice to the parents to ensure that they are able to monitor for possible side-effects or reactions and respond appropriately, making informed decisions.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Read, Read and Read! Ensure that all of the information that you pass on to your patients is evidence-based, accurate, relatable and up-to-date to ensure high-quality patient safety.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

This week I enjoyed meeting with my academic advisor, planning for the future and getting booked onto courses. I am starting to find my feet a little and am looking forward to developing my knowledge and meeting with other nurses new to general practice.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

The worst part of the week was seeing patients getting upset whilst giving their children vaccinations. I hate seeing people upset! Thankfully the tears don’t last long and the vaccinations help to prevent communicable diseases.

What have you done this week to relax?

I have been so excited this week, I have been extra bubbly! It was a friend from work’s 50th birthday and we had a surprise weekend booked in a lodge cabin with a hot tub. She didn’t have any idea that we would all be there to surprise her! I love seeing people happy and this weekend was a lovely chilled-out holiday, spent with new friends made while working at the practice. I haven’t been there long, but I feel like I am a part of the team’s family.