• 13 April 2021
  • 9 min read

My Five Favourite Things About GP Nursing

  • Claire Carmichael
    Adult Nurse - General Practice Nurse
    • Mat Martin
    • Richard Gill
    • Aubrey Hollebon
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My name is Claire Carmichael and I am a Newly Qualified General Practice Nurse. This video explains why I went into GP Nursing and what I love most about it.

Topics Covered In This Video

I Chose GP Nursing For My 2nd and 3rd Year Placements

The GP Surgery Felt Like Home To Me!

I Was Lucky To Have Such A Great Mentor

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 1) Variety

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 2) You Experience All Facets Of Nursing

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 3) Patient Follow Up

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 4) Team Work

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 5) We Keep Patients Out Of Hospital!

Like A Box Of Chocolates…

I Chose GP Nursing For My 2nd and 3rd Year Placements

When I first started university, I had no idea that I would be working in General Practice now when I'm qualified, my big plan was to go to university and then I would go back and work in sexual health as a Sexual Health Nurse because that's where I'd been working as a Healthcare Assistant, leading up to university.

And I loved it so much that I wanted to go back as a nurse but then things changed didn't they?

So at the end of first year we had an email with a preference list. So this preference list had a whole load of different areas and specialties.

You could pick three from, for your second year and third year placements, and they would try and accommodate it that you get one of your preferences out of your top three over your second and third years.

So this is where I first saw General Practice nursing and it was on the list and I hadn't even given it a thought before.

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And then when I saw it, I thought, Oh actually this would be a really good place to be.

I don't, it never even occurred to me that I could do that as a student nurse or a newly qualified nurse until I saw it on the form. So I ticked it.

That was my first choice. But fortunately I got my first choice which was general practice nursing.

And I started that placement in my second year.

So it was my first placement of second year.

The GP Surgery Felt Like Home To Me!

I was there for eight weeks and the minute I stepped foot into that surgery, I fell in love. I loved the place. I loved the feel I felt at home.

And I just thought this is gonna be a really good placement, a very different feeling that I felt when I was in the acute sector and the hospital sector, because that that type of environment isn't for everyone.

And that's okay. I used to feel very, very guilty for thinking like that but actually it just wasn't for me.

And that's okay.

So it was when I started my General Practice and I started thinking about primary care and community care and thinking, wow, this is the place for me.

I am possibly a General Practice Nurse.

So yeah my GP placement is actually what made me want to become a General Practice Nurse because it was incredible.

I Was Lucky To Have Such A Great Mentor

I had the best placement I had the best mentor. She was such an amazing role model.

And I really look up to even now I think back to that mentor and think, okay what would she do in this circumstance?

And it just, it still helps me today.

And that's the sign of a really good mentor.

So my reason for choosing GP is purely because I fell in love at first sight.

As soon as I stepped foot on it I knew I was going to be a GP Nurse.

And by the end of the placement, I was living life.

I was vlogging about it. I was blogging about it.

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I was making really good networks with other primary care nurses.

And I just knew that that's it for me. And that's where I was gonna be.

So for the rest of my university days that's what my plan was.

Everything I did from there on, in sort of paved the way for that General Practice job application at the end.

So what is it about General Practice nursing that I love this ties in nicely hand in hand with why I picked General Practice because everything I love about it is exactly why I picked it.

And it's exactly why I love it so much today.

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 1) Variety

There's 101 things I do love about General Practice.

I will be here all day trying to explain every single one.

So I'm gonna keep it short and sweet, hopefully and share the main things that I love about working as a General Practice Nurse.

And there might just be some things in there that might actually surprise you that you didn't know General Practice nurses do.

So in no particular order at number one, I love the variety of General Practice Nursing, and no day is ever the same.

You have such a variety between day to day.

And even when you think you're organized for that day something will happen that changes it up and it's really unexpected or a patient will come in for let's just say their smear test for example and they will tell you something and you'll have to do a whole load of investigating and other things on top of that smear test.

So it's really, really varied and keeps you definitely on your toes all day.

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 2) You Experience All Facets Of Nursing

And here at number two, this ties in very nicely with the variety, because along with variety we see a variety of patients.

So we see all fields of nursing. We will see children we will see mental health, will see learning disabilities. We will see adults. We will see from pregnancy to birth all the way to them growing up to literally end of life.

So it's just a massive wide range of skills that you're using.

It's not just seeing the same age groups it's having to adjust every single day, every single session every single patient is completely different.

And that is one of the best things about general practice.

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 3) Patient Follow Up

And here at number three we have the follow-up of your patient.

One thing that I really really struggled with in the hospital was I don't know what happened to those patients afterwards.

So even now I look back at my patients that I saw my very first placement.

I think what happened to that patient?

I wonder what they're doing now, are the families okay.

Are they okay?

But in General Practice, you don't have to worry about that because you're seeing your patient time and time again you're making sure your patient is safe and they're okay throughout the whole of their life.

It is the best thing about general practice.

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 4) Team Work

Coming in at number four, I'm gonna put team work in here because I have never seen teams work quite like the way General Practice works.

When, I know again, I'm not over don't mean to put hospital in the acute sector down, but it, in that sort of setting you've got people coming and going all the time and you don't get a chance to really form bonds with the consultants or the doctors.

You know, it'd be a different doctor each day.

There might be a local doctor it's constantly changing in hospitals. Whereas in General Practice, you are a very small knit team.

You get to know your colleagues very, very well.

And the bond between the nurses and the doctors and healthcare system and the phlebotomist and the multidisciplinary team around General Practice is just amazing.

Like I get on so well with everybody, and it's just really nice to feel supported in that environment.

And I know that even though I'm working independently I know that I can call on that team anytime I want.

And they will always be there for me.

The Main Thing I Love About GP Nursing 5) We Keep Patients Out Of Hospital!

And coming in lastly, at number five we have got health promotion and prevention.

So health promotion and prevention is the key key thing that General Practice Nurses do.

We do vaccinations. We give a lot of education and training to our patients. We're trying to prevent that hospital admission.

And that's something I really, really love and something I'm really passionate about is to keep patients out of hospital and make sure they can stay at home for as long as possible and as healthy as possible.

And it is just the most rewarding thing you can ever do when you recognize someone's just slightly deteriorating.

And you've prevented that from getting worse and prevented that hospital admission.

It's just amazing.

It's such a great feeling.

Like A Box Of Chocolates…

So I hope I've explained that well and showed the passion for General Practice Nursing and that I have, I absolutely adore it.

It is amazing.

I love it so, so much.

There is nothing I don't like about General Practice nursing basically.

And yeah, it is definitely a place to be for me just to end this vlog nicely.

And to sum it up, I'm gonna use a quote from Forrest Gump because this describes GP very, very well.

Life is like a box of chocolates.

You never know what you're gonna get.

And that is so true of General Practice each day.

You never know what you're gonna get.

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About the author

  • Claire Carmichael
    Adult Nurse - General Practice Nurse

I am a qualified Adult Nurse, working as a General Practice Nurse. I believe that nursing gets a lot of bad press, so I create blogs and vlogs to help anyone considering their nursing career and to create positivity surrounding our profession as I'm so passionate about nursing.

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About the author

  • Claire Carmichael
    Adult Nurse - General Practice Nurse

I am a qualified Adult Nurse, working as a General Practice Nurse. I believe that nursing gets a lot of bad press, so I create blogs and vlogs to help anyone considering their nursing career and to create positivity surrounding our profession as I'm so passionate about nursing.

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