Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings.
The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes and carry out cervical smears.
Qualified as a RGN with a DipHE in 2005 where I worked on EAU dealing with both acute medical and surgical emergencies. BSc (Hons) completed in 2008 which included courses in diabetes care, preparation for Mentorship, advanced life support. Joined the specialist cardiac rehabilitation team in 2011 where I completed courses in heart failure management, nutrition in coronary care, BACPR physical activity and exercise course. Started with the practice in 2015 where I have participated in my cytology training, degree module in family planning/women’s health, Immunisations and travel health training, burns/wound care, ring pessary fits.
BA Hons from UEA. MSc Adult Nursing from the University of Essex. Preparation for mentorship, ALS. Worked in coronary care before joining the practice nurse team in 2016.
2005 qualified diploma HE adult nurse. BSC Hons nursing studies 2009 including four modules, diabetes care, evidence based care dissertation, exploring professional practice and preparation for mentorship. 2015 advanced life support. Acute medical nurse from 2005-2014, Cardiac nurse in a percutaneous coronary intervention unit for 3 years.
Began Nursing Career as a Nursing Auxilliary in 1985. Commenced Pupil Nurse training in 1986 and qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1988 – worked on Paediatrics and in a Community Hospital until 1992 when I commenced my conversion course to RGN – I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 – on qualifying, I worked on a Urology Ward, moved back to the Community Hospital where I worked on the GP unit, Minor Injury Unit and Discharge Assessment Team for Older People (joint Health and Social Care). From there I have worked with Rapid Response and also had an Educational Role supporting Community Hospital Staff and District Nurses. I moved into Practice Nursing in 2009, I joined Two Rivers in 2015.
Qualified as a Registered Nurse (adult) in 1996. Worked on a Day Care Unit, then St Marks Hospital for bowel disease. Moved into Practice Nursing in 2003. Moved to Suffolk in 2015 and worked with the 111 service, before moving back to Practice Nursing. Interests in chronic disease, particularly Diabetes, and travel health.
Qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1983, worked in general medicine/surgery at Ipswich hospital before specialising in coronary care. Certificate in Coronary Care 1987, Certificate in Health Education 1991 before moving into primary care in 2008, specialising in diabetes. Certificate in Diabetes Care from Warwick University 2009.
RGN 1991 at Bath, Registered Midwife at St Marys, Paddington, worked as a midwife/community midwife/senior midwife in London until 2002. Moved to Ipswich and became Lead Nurse Reproductive Health East Suffolk + Lead Outreach Nurse Suffolk until 2009. Then went to Waveney to become Consultant Nurse. 2009 – Non Medical Prescriber, 2010 achieved MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health. 2014 DFSRH; 2015 PGA Med-Ed (SRH); 2016 Faculty Registered Trainer. Now working part time providing a full contraceptive service (including fitting/removal all the long-acting methods), sexual health advice, menopause advice and treatment, male and female reproductive health advice and treatment (including unwanted pregnancy advice and referral) in general practice as a Specialist Nurse; also continuing to train Doctors and Nurses and allied health professionals in Reproductive and Sexual Health all over the country and going into schools to help deliver PHSE.
After 15 years working in research, a career change was required. Qualified as a RN in 2004, working in the community with patients in their own homes. In 2005 joined General Practice specialising in Chronic Disease Management (COPD, Asthma, Diabetes), Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Wound Care, Travel Health, Cervical Cytology & Childhood Vaccination.
Supporting Self-Management 2009, Certificate in Diabetes Care (Warwick) 2011, BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice 2012, Non-Medical Prescribing 2014, Spirometry Performance and Interpretation (ARTP) 2019.
Currently specialising in Respiratory Care at Two Rivers and as a Specialist Nurse Advisor for a national charity.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and health checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.