Are you looking for a Practice Nurse job? - Are all the job descriptions asking for a practice nurse with experience? How are you meant to get experience if no one will take you on without it! I was there 14 years ago so I know your pain. The first piece of advice is don't give up - you have found the right website. It is possible to get a practice nurse job with no experience when you take our RCN accredited intensive two day course and one day skills lab training.
Doctors surgeries prefer a nurse with experience because its easier and more profitable for them. Unlike hospitals, doctor surgeries are small businesses. The GPs get paid according to the treatments they deliver. They therefore want a nurse who is going to come straight in and start earning. They also don't want to have to spend too much money or time on courses and training. However is not just about experience. They also want someone who is going to be reliable (not loose them money by going sick all the time) someone who is going to be positive, happy and work well as a team. Finally they want someone who is capable of working on their own and is prepared to be proactive and take the initiative. This is why they love to see a nurse who has invested their own time and money in our RCN accredited practice nurse intensive course
Do I have to be an adult registered nurse or can i be a paediatric, mental health, learning disability nurse or midwife?
As long as you are a registered nurse with the NMC and up to date with your RCN re validation you can be a practice nurse
How many CPD hours does the course provide?
21 hours for the two day course + another 6 hours for the one day skills lab
What tools will I receive from the course to help with the transition?
You will leave with a practice nurse manual specifically written for new practice nurses, a competency checklist and an RCN certificate of attendance
Can I start applying for jobs straight after completion of the course?
Yes you will be ready to start sending in job applications - highlighting that you have been on the relevant training
Will I receive support when I am in the new role?
Yes, you will have a mentorship programme within your new work place setting. You will be able to observe the practice nurses in their clinics and then work independently when you feel confident to do so. We will send you a useful link with a competency framework for new practice nurses.
Will I be able to do Cervical Cytology on this course?
No, cervical screening training needs to be done within your local authority as the local lab issues you with a pin code. Your GP surgery will send you on a local cervical screening course once you start as a practice nurse.
Will the role of the practice nurse be looked at on the course?
Yes, we look in depth at the role of the practice nurse. We also discuss the transferable skills that you already have.
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