Practice nurse

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

Salary range: £25,000 to £42,500

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How to become a practice nurse

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
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Direct application

You must be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse to work in general practice.

You may have an advantage when applying for jobs if you’ve got experience in:

  • chronic disease management, like diabetes or asthma
  • childhood immunisation
  • cervical cytology
  • phlebotomy – taking blood

Some employers may also ask that you’ve completed a Specialist Practitioner – General Practice Nursing course, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

More information

Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a practice nurse from Health Careers.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • setting up and running clinics for conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart problems and skin disorders
  • offering advice on family planning and contraception
  • taking blood and urine samples and other specimens and swabs
  • performing routine procedures like ear syringing, applying and removing dressings and treating wounds
  • offering specialist information and advice on blood pressure, weight control and stopping smoking
  • carrying out infant injections, vaccinations and travel immunisations
  • giving advice to patients on long-term medical and nursing needs

Working environment

You could work at a GP practice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

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Career path and progression

You could specialise in health promotion, chronic disease management, diabetes or asthma care.

With experience and qualifications you could become a nurse practitioner, managing your own caseload of patients.

You could also move into management, teaching or research.