“Am I ‘just’ a nurse?” asks General Practice Nurse Sarah Dewsnap in a series of new films aimed at showing how much specialist knowledge and autonomy nurses working in GP practices have.
“A General Practice nurse does a number of jobs in a GP surgery,” says Sarah. “Often the GPs will come to us to ask us for our advice.”
Alan Bond who works in Barnstaple also features in the films explaining how varied his role is: “It could be anything from taking bloods, dressings, injections, ECGs, childhood immunisations, travel vaccinations, respiratory consultations or preventative medicine, which is really important, because it can prevent people from going on to develop diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.”
The films, launched by NHS Devon, aim to encourage student nurses to consider a career working in a General Practice and to help patients understand how much expertise General Practice nurses (GPNs) have.
Sarah Hall, Practice Nurse Lead for NHS Devon says: “General Practice nursing is a fantastic career. Amongst other things GPNs are often experts in the management of long term conditions and lead the care of people with conditions such as diabetes, asthma or COPD.
“It’s also a hugely varied role, as the films show, with nurses caring for people from birth through to old age.
“So if you’re booked in to see your practice nurse, you’re getting the best person for the job – and not ‘just’ a nurse.”
People who are interested in a career in General Practice nursing can find out more through the Devon Training Hub; which is an organisation dedicated to delivering high-quality training, education and development for primary care staff across Devon. Jobs are advertised online on the NHS jobs website and on the Devon LMC Job Board.
“Am I ‘just’ a nurse?” Asks Alan Bond. “I’m a general practice nurse specialist and proud of it too.”
A longer version of the film is available to view here and a shorter version here.
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