Nurses are involved in most aspects of patient care such as health promotion and prevention and long-term condition management. They are key members of a multidisciplinary team and sometimes act as a direct supervisor to roles such as the healthcare assistant.
Duties for a general practice nurse may include;
- managing and treating long-term conditions
- managing treatment of minor and complex wounds
- sexual health and contraception
- vaccination and immunisations
To become a general practice nurse, a degree in nursing is required and then to work in primary care, surgeries often request relevant experience within a practice or completion of the primary care fundamentals course. There are many opportunities for further advancement after becoming a practice nurse, there is need for speciality nurses as well as those who go on to become an advanced nurse practitioner after a masters degree and prescribing qualification.