Newly Qualified Nurses in General Practice
Posted: 13-Nov-2011 15:15|
Just looking for a bit of advice. I am a third year student nurse due to qualify September 2012. I have done an elective placement in general practice for one month and absolutely loved it and learned so much. I am also lucky enough to have another placement in general practice staring in a couple of weeks, which will last for two months.
I am just wondering what are the chances of newly qualified nurses being able to get a job in general practice? I have heard of a couple of NQ nurses getting jobs in general practice but just wondering if this is really rare?
Anybody got any advice on how I can improve my chances??
Any advice will be greatly appriciated!x
Posted: 13-Nov-2011 19:48 1|
hi stephmac, it's not unheard off for someone newly qualified to enter practice nursing,you sound keen and motivated! but would imagine it may be a terrifing experience for you!And the steepest learning curve! Most practice nurses have some background either in secondary care/ community experience which gives you a really good grounding in medicine, and caring for patients in different environments. It will also very much depend upon the practice you apply to, how supportive they can be in terms of training/education/mentorship. There are some really good ones out there, but also bad practices, and if you are the only P/N you could feel isolated and unsupported. My advice to you would be to get at least a couple of years experience elsewhere, and if you still feel general practice is where you want to be, apply but get a supportive practice who will invest their time in training you.Best of luck whatever you decide to doX
Posted: 13-Nov-2011 20:41|
Agree with AShirley. I have a newly qualified nurse on my team for about a year now after placements with us. She was previously an HCA with us but obviously a very different role. Needs lots of mentoring and support and loads of learning. Works alongside a senior PN and not afraid to get advice. You need a large practice I would say to provide what you need. One year on has all basic PN skills. No LTC experience yet.
I'd rather be knitting!
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 09:25|
It's definately possible to work as a newly qualified within general practice (it's not rare at all...in fact it's quite common place).
It's much better if on a large team of nurses as the support needed is immense. Some GP's (tend to be single handed or absolutely desperate will employ newly qualifieds). Be very wary of that type of scenario! GP's have little understanding of the training involved to be a competent PN and will quite readily put a newly qualified nurses regiatration in jeopardy!
I'm not one who advocates prior ward experience as a prerequisite. I've worked with plenty of newly qualified nurses in GP land who've gone on to be excellent nurses via support and training. But prior experience won't be a bad thing.
Enthusiasm will get you a long way though. Be pro-active....contact some practices. Send off some cover letters. Practice nurses are like rocking horse sh-t! Even if there aren't any positions at the moment there will be in time and it's always useful to know who's enthusiastic.
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 10:23|
I would advise you not to do this for a year. I would go and get some experience maybe in A and E or acute meds. It will give you a stronger base and also doesnt put all your eggs in one basket.I know others have done it and will have a differing opinion but my staff nurse experience is what has helped me massively whilst I have (and still am after 14 years) learning this role. Good luck.Willow
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 11:27|
Agree totally with everything numpty has just said.
Dont let lack of experience put you off - a local practice to me is a really big practice and has just taken on a newly qualified nurse with all intentions of providing appropriate training and shes working closely with really experienced PNs who are more than happy to support her, as are the GPs and shes really enjoying it - so there are good practice around - finding them can be the tricky part!!
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 14:40|
Hiya, well im proof in pudding I guess. Keep up your dreams and think positive. I qualified in July 2011, have had a small amount of time in real world nursing, but v. quickly realised I could follow my dream further and was ambitious enough to take on PN role. That short time has immensley helped me find out exactly who I was in the world of nursing. It built on all the skills and gave me a little time to adjust from student persona managing people , and showing leadership/managerial skills. Also dealing with levels of stress within the workplace that I actually had never see, and I coped very well, gold stars n all !
During searching I had been rejected several times after getting to second interviews, purely because I was newly qualifie, not because I didnt interview well, or answer question incorrectly. Times are changing now, and there are more and more surgerys beginning to warm up the fact that there are going to be a few less PNS out there than there was.
I do believe a mature student however is more ideal for this position, sorry if you are not, but having a whole heap of life experience actually helped my case. My work history and did come into it im sure.
I think as long as you care whole heartedly committed to working in this field, and dedicate and invest yourself into it along with a larger training environment then the curriculum can provide you witht the foundation for it definately. The curriculum nowadays intentionally enables us to be far more adaptable than nurses were years ago intentionally. I wish you good luck, and write if you need. I can always give you my point of view from where im sitting being a newbie going in ! Good luck. Let me know where you are and I could possibly keep my eye out for you ! Did you have any placements in GP land, or have you attempted to shadow outside your hours at all ? Good luck anyway. Hope ive helped !
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 19:04|
Thank you all so much! some really helpful advice :)xx
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 19:56|
This has been discussed a few times and Every1 has their own opinions on this. Like the others have said if you are going to do it make sure you go to a big supportive practice! I personally wouldnt recommend coming straight into practice nursing and agree with willow, get some experience first it really is a steep learning curve. I worked in A&E for a year before GP land and i think if id have come straight from qualifying I think i might have cracked up ha ha. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.X
Posted: 15-Nov-2011 22:09|
Before I came into GP land 11 years ago I worked in an acute general medical ward for 6 years (having qualified as a nurse age 35). Even though I had a general medical background of 6 years nothing prepared me for my PN role in GP and boy it certainly was a steep learning curve. So I think it is going to be a steep learning curve whether you go straight into it or come in later. Having said that coming straight in may be a much steeper learning curve. I think it also depends on what type of person you are - how much stress you be able to cope with with everything so new and nothing like working or training in secondary care. I wish you well and I love PN and would not go back to secondary care.
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