Practice Nurse

Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • run clinics for conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart problems and skin disorders
  • apply dressings, treat wounds and take samples of blood and urine
  • give advice on family planning, contraception, blood pressure and stopping smoking
  • carry out infant injections, vaccinations and travel immunisations
  • help patients to manage long term conditions

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills

Industry Qualifications

 To apply directly to work in general practice, you need to be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse.

 When applying for jobs, it might give you an advantage if you have experience in:

  • chronic disease management, like diabetes or asthma
  • child immunisations
  • cervical screenings
  • taking blood samples

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