GPN Ready nurse blog – week 9

This week Jack* assists one of the GPs with minor operations and has a fight with the clinical room curtains!

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? 

Surprisingly this week has been relatively steady. I have enjoyed the change in pace of work, as I have been able to spend longer with patients.

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

This week has seen me carrying out a number of clinical and clerical tasks; I have enjoyed the mixture. This week I have been reviewing policies within the practice and ensuring that they are up to date, contacting patients to book them in for their annual health checks and ensuring clinical rooms are fully stocked and equipment is in date. This is done weekly, however this week we had a large delivery and lots of stock to find homes for.

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

This week I worked alongside one of the GPs to assist with minor ops. This saw me practising the aseptic technique and ensuring the doctor had all of the required equipment to be able to carry out the procedure. I assisted in ensuring that documentation was completed, I reassured the patient, maintained sterile fields and finally dressed the surgical site and booked the patient a follow-up appointment to review the wound. I really enjoyed this style of working; it enables you to build professional relationships with both colleagues and patients.

One important thing that you learned this week?

To ensure that the patient remains informed throughout their clinical investigations or treatment. This allows for the development of professional relationships, maintains patient trust and allows for effective communication.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

I love minor ops and seeing what was going to be treated in practice. I was able to work alongside an experienced and knowledgeable GP, who was able to explain things clearly and answer all of my questions.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Hanging new disposable curtains in all of the clinical rooms…the curtain hooks kept pinging off and the curtains didn’t hang straight! Not very good for my OCD!

What have you done this week to relax?

After work on Friday I set off on my way to Norfolk to visit family and friends. I adore the laid-back atmosphere that Norfolk has to offer and I enjoy the mixture of coastal and country expeditions.

This week we have a new student commencing placement at the practice; I look forward to working with them and teaching them what I have learned.

This week there is also a charity fundraising evening for a friend who is running the London Marathon, so hat will be an enjoyable evening.