Consider a career in general practice nursing

Why newly qualified nurses should not be put off working in general practice.

Consider a career in general practice nursing

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

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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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