Inspiring new nurses to go into general practice

Written by: Crystal Oldman

|Dr Crystal Oldman

I am inspired to see and hear about the work going on across the UK to promote community and primary care as an excellent place to work for newly qualified nurses. The early indications of the career outcomes are really positive.

Many of the examples I have learned about were highlighted in 2016, when the QNI was commissioned by Health Education England to undertake a project exploring examples of good practice and innovation in supporting student nurses on practice placements in the community and primary care.

In doing this work, the QNI also explored the barriers to expanding placement experiences and how these may be overcome.

There were fabulous examples of university programmes that provided a full simulation of delivering care to patients, families and carers in their homes, with the realistic challenges that nurses face in this care environment.

The results of the project were shared at the QNI conference in 2016 and inspired many delegates to explore the potential to replicate the innovations in their own areas.

The project also identified the potential for more practice placements in the private, voluntary and independent sectors, including residential and nursing homes.

In many areas, general practice has been supported to develop a range of student nurse placements, with the support of practice learning facilitators across a locality.

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