GPN Ready nurse blog – week 8

This week Jack* gets another visit from his GPN Ready advisor and finds support from other newly-qualified practice nurses.

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 only been a 3-day week, however it has gone ever so quickly. This week I have attended a study day (Contraception) hosted by by GPN Ready Scheme and had a visit from my academic advisor from the course to work with me in the practice.

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

This week has been a very busy week for travel vaccinations; lots of patients preparing to go on holiday for some sun to get away from the British weather. I am still fairly new to vaccinations, but I am really enjoying learning about the importance of vaccinations and giving patients travel health information and health promotion. A useful website that was recommended to me when I attended a training session organised by the practice was Travel Health Pro. This is a government website and it is used to deliver travel information and vaccinations to patients. I recommend all of my patients to review this before coming to their appointment and after their vaccinations.

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

This week I have been phoning patients to book them in for their annual reviews. I was really nervous at first calling patients and talking on the phone, something I have always tried to avoid whilst on placement in the hospitals, as I didn’t want to give them the wrong information. Despite this it was really successful and I managed to get lots of patients booked in to have their long-term condition management reviews.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Just do it; don’t avoid things and put them off as your anxiety will only grow. You are better off facing your fears head on.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I really enjoyed going to to the study and having a catch up with all of the other new practice nurses, comparing and listening to others’ stories. I also really enjoyed the visit from the academic advisor…the feedback was really positive and reassured me that I was doing well. I already receive a lot of support from my practice, but it was nice to hear it from an outsider’s perspective.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Commuting into Sheffield city centre in the early morning traffic. I haven’t missed this from when I was a student.

What have you done this week to relax?

This week I got together with friends from Norfolk and went into the Peaks for a walk. This was really fun, as half-way through our walk we got caught up in a snow flurry. It was very atmospheric and the scenery was beautiful. I look forward to seeing what this week has to bring; no set plans for the week ahead.