Rachel is a Specialist Practitioner within practice nursing, working within the team at Springfield Medical Centre. Rachel’s working week is Monday to Friday covering the surgeries daily and extended hours as part of her role.
Rachel had always wanted to become a nurse, however upon leaving school she did not achieve the qualifications needed at the time to do this, therefore Rachel began her career as a junior receptionist in a medical centre, eventually progressing to office manager at the centre. Rachel still had aspirations to work in nursing and had the opportunity to secure the role of Assistant Practitioner; this involved her attending university on a day release basis for two years as well as carrying out her new role as a Health Care Assistant in the practice. The qualification she achieved enabled Rachel to then pursue her career in Nursing, qualifying in 2005. Upon qualifying Rachel then worked in a number of nursing acute roles, before becoming a practice nurse and returning to primary care, where she has now completed the relevant training enabling her to independently prescribe in her current role.
Rachel’s role encompasses a lot of different specialisms, such as family planning, diabetes and immunisations. As part of her role Rachel runs weekly chronic disease clinics and child immunisation clinics. Rachel also carries out minor aliment consultations with clients within the surgery and home visits, diagnosing ailments and prescribing accordingly.
Rachel feels that the best part of her role is the professional relationship that she builds with patients whilst caring for them on a regular basis. As well as the hard work and determination Rachel has given to her own career progression, she also feels that she has been massively supported by the NHS in this too.
Rachel would encourage any newly qualified nurses to consider a practice nurse role as soon as they are qualified, as this is a fantastic career option with masses of opportunities to develop within their role.
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You can find out more about this role by visiting the Practice Nurse section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.