GPN Ready nurse blog – week 7

This week Jack gets some training to develop his wound-care knowledge.

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…it has been such a fast-paced week full of learning experiences. This is why I love this job as I love the variety and pace of the work. I feel like general practice is like A&E without the beds.

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

This week has been a busy week for contraception and pill checks; I feel that I am now starting to develop my knowledge around different pills and different types of contraceptive methods. This week has also seen a large number of wound checks and dressings for minor injuries.

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

This week I started a patient on the first line of blood pressure medication. Throughout my weeks as a practice nurse, I have been supported well by all team members, learning conditions step by step. I have just started to review nurse blood pressure checks. I have started to develop the foundations of my knowledge and will consolidate my learning when I attend the study day held by the GPN Ready Scheme. I feel that it went well, the patient was happy with my explanation of the drug, the health benefits and the next process of treatment.

One important thing that you learned this week?

If in doubt, find it out. (Short but sweet advice!)

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I have really enjoyed the variety of appointments this week. I have also attended an external training course focusing on the management of chronic ulcers (wounds that last longer than 21 days) and also found out about the treatment pathways to follow for the locality in which I work. This was really interesting as wound care plays a vital role in my everyday work life. I love a good leg bandaging and staple removing! I like caring from wounds from start to finish.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Again, nothing to report…apart from I am a little tired this week. Possibly I overdid it in Barcelona last week!

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I went to Leeds to the ‘Great Escape Game.’ There was a group of 12 of us that went out for a friend’s birthday and spent the evening puzzle-solving, trying to escape from the locked room using puzzles hidden around the room. I love a good get-together with old and new friends. Next week I have a visit from my academic advisor from the GPN Ready scheme; she is coming to spend the afternoon working with me to give me support and guidance in addition to that from my practice.