Why newly qualified nurses should not be put off working in general practice.
With general practice nurses (GPNs) set to play a key role in the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine, the speciality will increasingly be under the spotlight. Heather Randle – who was appointed as the RCN’s new professional lead for primary care in September – tells Lynne Pearce why recruiting more newly qualified nurses to the specialty and improving the pay and conditions of existing GPNs is top of her agenda.
Her goals are to:
- Improve pay and employment contracts to help tackle the looming shortage of GPNs, including offering employment on the basis of Agenda for Change pay scales
- Raise the profile of general practice nursing so that the public and other nurses know what it entails, and to ensure that GPNs are recognised for their specialist skills
- Boost access to continuing professional development for GPNs and ensure nurses are released for training rather than having to use their own time
- Increase the number of newly qualified nurses in general practice, including the introduction of a two-year fellowship for all nurses new to primary care
- Improve the student experience, including expanding the availability of clinical placements in GP surgeries by making better use of primary care network
This is an abridged version of the article Why newly qualified nurses should not be put off working in general practice which was first published in Nursing Standard.
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