Practice nurses work in GP practices to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.
1. Entry requirements
- a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved degree in nursing
- clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Some employers may also want you to have up to 2 years’ post-qualifying work experience as a nurse. It may help if you have experience of working in:
- chronic disease management (like diabetes or asthma)
- wound dressing
- childhood immunisation
- cervical cytology
- phlebotomy (taking blood)
2. Skills required
- excellent observational skills
- communication and listening skills
- the ability to inspire confidence and trust
- the ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
- IT skills and the ability to keep accurate and up-to-date patient records
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- setting up and running clinics for conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart problems and skin disorders
- offering advice on family planning and contraception
- taking blood and urine samples and other specimens and swabs
- performing routine procedures like ear syringing, applying and removing dressings and treating wounds
- offering specialist information and advice on blood pressure, weight control and stopping smoking
- carrying out infant injections, vaccinations and travel immunisations
- giving advice to patients on long-term medical and nursing needs
Starter: £21,000 to £25,000 (while training)
Experienced: £26,250 to £30,250
Highly Experienced: £35,250
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may need to work evenings or weekends if you’re running a health promotion clinic.
The role can be physically and emotionally demanding. You may work with clients who are distressed and suffering with long-term illness.
6. Career path and progressionYou could specialise in health promotion, chronic disease management, diabetes or asthma care.
With experience and qualifications you could become a nurse practitioner, managing your own caseload of patients.
You could also move into management, teaching or research.
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Last updated: 13 September 2017