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Nurse Practitioner needed for a GP Practice in Fowey

We have a fantastic opportunity you don’t want to miss out on! We are currently looking for Nurse Practitioners to assist local GP’s on a locum basis, in the Fowey and surrounding areas.

The post holder will assess patients health needs with a range of minor illness and injury conditions, plan their care, regulate the treatment and discharge them as appropriate to other social protection specialists and moreover search for insight and support from a more experienced individual from staff.

Nurse Practitioner Jobs In Fowey

Skills & Experience

To be successful in the role, you will:

• Have recent experience in acute/primary care nursing
• Be competent in telephone advice and triage service
• Have recent experience of face-to-face patient care
• Have Nurse Practitioner experience or evidence of independent practice

Qualifications

• RGN
• Evidence of recent Study (PREP)
• Recognised Minor Illness. Injuries Certificate or willingness to undertake
• Recognised Nurse Prescribing Qualification

We are currently looking for several  Nurse Practitioners for a locum or permanent job in Fowey.

Nurse Practitioner jobs on Indeed website can be found here https://www.indeed.co.uk/Nurse-Practitioner-jobs )

Locum Meds do their best to negotiate a salary better than Indeed Nurse Practitioner jobs.

This  Nurse Practitioner will have a new job located in Fowey.

Many Nurse Practitioners have jobs in Fowey, but what would convince you to make a new move? Please call us to discuss.

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Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) – AD HOC WORK – Fowey

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Advanced nurse practitioners in the Fowey area looking for ad hoc extra work. we are currently working with a client offering ongoing ad hoc shifts throughout July And August.

Advanced nurse practitioners with prescribing and GP surgery experience be a bonus.

Offering the 15 minute appointment times and a competitive salary.

Shifts in the area are quick to go don’t hesitate.

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Nurse Prescriber Benefits Include

  • Part-time/full-time hours per week (can be flexible)
  • Band 8a Salary – negotiable
  • 7 weeks annual leave + BH
  • Study Leave

Requirements Include

  • Practice nurse skills
  • GP Practice experience
  • An Independent prescriber qualification
  • Skills in Minor Illness / Injury
  • An interest in COPD
  • Treatment room skills
  • NMC Registration

We are currently looking for nurse prescribers for a locum or permanent job in Fowey.

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What is Nurse Prescriber:

Independent nurse prescribers are nurses who have successfully completed an NMC Independent Nurse Prescribing Course (also known as v200 or v300 courses). They are able to prescribe any medicine provided it is in their competency to do so. This includes medicines and products listed in the BNF, unlicensed medicines and all controlled drugs in schedules two – five.

Nurse Prescriber: salary / Pay

The salary of a non-medical independent Nurse Prescriber varies depending upon the following;  Hours worked, experience, Education, how eager the organisation are in your skills, references, reputation, location, the list goes on…

Locum Meds have years of experience in accurately determining your pay rate, give us a call today to discuss either what you should be getting paid or what you should be paying a prospective or current employee.

Independent Nurse  Prescriber  Job Description: 

Provide and maintain a high standard of nursing care for patients as well as providing nursing assistance to the doctors and the other members of the centre’s team. The duties will include all tasks normally undertaken by an experienced registered nurse and in addition, any roles agreed between the nurse and the doctors as appropriate, having regard to current training.

Clinical Practice

  • Assist with the organisation and coordination of the provision of nursing services for the practice.
  • Provide nursing treatment to patients in participation with general practitioners or independently agreed to protocols, including cervical smears.
  • Provide general and specific health screening to the practice patients (within the agreed protocols) with referral to general practitioners as necessary.
  • Be competent in the administration of childhood immunisation and travel vaccination. • Be competent and confident in managing people with long-term health conditions
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis
  • Assess, diagnosis, plan, implement and evaluate interventions/treatments for patients with complex needs Proactively identify, diagnose and manage treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition (as appropriate)
  • Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and nondrug-based treatment methods into a management plan
  • Prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with the evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within the scope of practice
  • Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side-effects and interactions
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including the initiation of effective emergency care
  • Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles and apply principles of self-care.
  • Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children
  • Meet the needs of patients presenting for opportunistic wound care
  • Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles, to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment

Delivering a quality service

  • Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the NMC Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality
  • Deliver care according to NSF, NICE guidelines and evidence-based care
  • In partnership with other clinical teams, collaborate on improving the quality of health care responding to local and national policies and initiatives as appropriate
  • Evaluate patients’ response to healthcare provision and the effectiveness of care
  • Support and participate in shared learning across the practice and wider organisation 

Administrative and professional responsibilities

  • Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team.
  • Take responsibility for own learning and performance including participating in clinical supervision and acting as a positive role model
  • Support staff development in order to maximise potential
  • Actively promote the workplace as a learning environment, encouraging everyone to learn from each other and from external good practice
  • Take a lead role in planning and implementing changes in the area of care and responsibility • Contribute to the development of local guidelines, protocols and standards
  • Create clear referral mechanisms to meet patient need
  • Prioritise own workload and ensure effective time-management strategies are embedded within the culture of the team
  • Work effectively with others to clearly define values, direction and policies impacting upon care delivery
  • Discuss, highlight and work with the team to create opportunities to improve patient care
  • Ensure accurate notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded adequately on the computer.
  • Ensure acute completion of all necessary documentation associated with the patient healthcare and registration of the practice.
  • Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports.
  • Assist in the formulation of practical philosophy, strategy and policy.
  • Maintain a notice board in the waiting area designated for patient healthcare education.

Communication and key working relationships

  • Director of Clinical Services/Deputy Director of Clinical Services
  • Head of GPLHC
  • Local Medical Director
  • GP’s and Nursing team
  • Patient Services Manager
  • Receptionists

The independent nurse prescriber post holder must maintain good working relationships with all personnel working within the Walk-in centre and the personnel working within the partnership practice. They must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills at all times.

Professional Development

  • Maintain continuing education by attendance at courses and study days as deemed useful or necessary for professional development.
  • Disseminate learning and information gained by other team members in order to share good practice and inform others about current and future developments (eg courses and conferences
  • Assess own learning needs and undertake to learn as appropriate
  • Provide an educational role to patients, carers, families and colleagues in an environment that facilitates learning

General Responsibilities Of Nurse Prescriber

Staff must behave in a professional and discreet manner at all times.

  • Patient and professional confidentiality is of prime importance. Any breach of confidentiality can result in immediate suspension/dismissal.
  • Appropriate attire must be worn at all times in line with practice policy.
  • Full details of conditions of employment are shown in the contract of employment.

Nurse Independent Prescriber Job Requirements

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Membership of a professional body
  • To work in accordance with the UKCC Code of Conduct
  • Ability to self-motivate, organise and prioritise workloads
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good sense of humour
  • Ability to motivate the nursing team

Other Duties Of Nurse Prescriber role

The non-medical independent Nurse prescriber may, from time-to-time, be asked to undertake other reasonable duties, with appropriate training. It is important that all members of staff are prepared to undertake additional or relinquish current duties to maintain service delivery to patients. It is expected that requests from the Partners will not be unreasonably refused.

Nurse prescriber Courses and Programmes:

Nurse prescriber  programmes can be found in the following links:

https://www.gre.ac.uk/pg/engsci/isp

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/med/practice-certificate-in-independent-prescribing.aspx

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/independent-prescribing.aspx

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate-courses/non-medical-prescribing-pg-cert/non-medical-prescribing.aspx

Online Nurse Prescribing Courses

Online non-medical Nurse prescriber courses can be carried out, these are very far in between and recommend that you go with a qualification that is hands-on and practical.

Locum Meds also recommend that you choose a course which has the V300 Independent Prescribing qualification (Independent nurse prescriber and Supplementary Non-Medical nurse prescriber) incorporated within the course, or you can study this qualification alongside Nurse Practitioner qualifications, make sure you achieve a V300 Independent Prescribing qualification as this will determine your prescribing rights as shown on the NMC website for each individual nurse.

https://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/nursing/index.php?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1ZiR6Niy2wIV2IBwCh1O1wd5EAAYAiAAEgIvwPD_BwE

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/09815/independent-prescribing-short-course/

https://www1.kcl.ac.uk/teares/nmvc/external/prospectus/course_info.php?code=065

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/non-medical-prescribing-for-health-v300

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd-modules/non-medical-prescribing-v300-2/

http://www.derby.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/non-medical-prescribing-practice-certificate/

http://www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/non-medical-prescribing-single-module

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate-courses/non-medical-prescribing-pg-cert/non-medical-prescribing.aspx

How to become a Certified Nurse Prescriber:

Pharmacists can attain two types of prescribing qualification: independent and supplementary. Independent prescribers, or non-medical independent nurse prescriber (NMPs), are in a position to give patients timely access to medicines and are ideally placed to optimise and individualise treatment. The NMP takes responsibility for the clinical assessment of the patient, including establishing a diagnosis and prescribing the necessary medicines. Supplementary prescribing, on the other hand, is a voluntary partnership between a doctor or dentist and a supplementary prescriber, who can prescribe medicines within an agreed patient-specific clinical management plan with the patient’s agreement

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Locum Practice Nurse required for a General Practice in Fowey

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Are you looking to top up your current earnings? Looking for a change of place or a new challenge? Want to take back control of your rota? Then a locum position with Locum Meds may be just the opportunity you’re looking for!

We are looking for a Practice Nurses in Fowey area with experience in GP settings to work in a range of busy, diverse surgeries on a flexible, locum basis. This is a great opportunity to increase the range of patients you see while earning £25-£42 per hour including holiday pay.

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The General Practice Specialties

  • Established GP practice, loyal patient base
  • Approachable, well-regarded group of partners
  • Forward thinking and IT Savvy
  • A broad range of Specialist Interests
  • The practice embraces a wide range of services
  • Specific measures put in place to make the day more efficient
  • Purpose built premises

Your role

  • Part-time – 20 hours per week approx.
  • Very reasonable patient numbers and workload
  • Reduced bureaucracy and paperwork
  • Weekly MDT meetings
  • No weekend or out of hours’ work

The Benefits

  • Excellent financial package
  • Payment of indemnity fees
  • 5 weeks’ holiday
  • 1-week study leave
  • Career progression
  • Superb working environment

Please contact us today to find out more.

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What is Practice Nurse:

The practice nurse will undertake a range of nursing assessments and provide appropriate care/treatment in conjunction with GPs, and practice nurses or independently as appropriate for the need, according to practice policy, protocols etc.  The practice nurse will strive to improve standards of care and be involved in identifying practice population needs.

Practice Nurse Salary:

The salary of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner varies depending upon the following;  Hours worked, experience, Education, how eager the organization are in your skills, references, reputation, location, the list goes on…

Locum Meds have years of experience in accurately determining your pay rate, give us a call today to discuss either what you should be getting paid or what you should be paying a prospective or current employee.

Practice Nurse Job Description:

The content of this job description is designed to be inclusive of a broad range of tasks which may be performed by a practice nurse. The Practice Nurse provides primary care nursing support, patient interventions and treatment within the Medical Centre and from time to time in patient’s homes or elsewhere as required. Nurses also fulfil the many and varied additional roles that occur from time to time – the Practice Nurse should be a good general go-to person. As part of the General Practice team, the nurse must work within the scope of practice and be responsible for providing patient centred, culturally appropriate and individual holistic care to patients.

This post is written to be an equivalent for Agenda for Change (AFC) Band 8. Duties will vary from practice to practice and this is a guide only. Practice accountability structures will also vary.

Scope Of  Nursing Practice In UK

The scope of nursing practice is defined as the range of roles, functions, responsibilities, and activities which registered nurses are educated and authorized to perform. The broad scope of nursing practice reflects all of the roles and activities undertaken by registered nurses to address the full range of human experiences and responses to health and illness. This incorporates health promotion, health protection, health maintenance, health restoration, rehabilitation, and palliation. Nursing practice is directed towards the goal of assisting clients to achieve and maintain optimal health in order to maximize the quality of life across the lifespan. A client, referring also to patient and resident, is defined as an individual, a family, a group of individuals, a community, or a population. Nursing practice is accomplished through:

  • Utilization of nursing knowledge through the application of critical thinking, judgment and skill. It is grounded in the principles of nursing, medicine, social and public health sciences and expressed as the art of nursing.
  • Adoption of a holistic approach to care, addressing the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of clients.
  • Promotion of client self-reliance and self-determination by actively involving the client as a partner in all aspects of care.
  • Use of nursing theories to define and organize practice and the nursing process to comprehensively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate, and document client care.
  • Application of the model of nursing care delivery adopted within the agency or practice setting.
  • Collaboration with other members of the healthcare team and partnering with diverse sectors of the community.
  • Advocating for and/or creating quality healthcare systems, population health, and healthy public policy.

To be responsive to the evolving health-related needs of the public, the boundaries of the scope of nursing practice must be flexible. Nursing practice takes place in the context of continuing change and development resulting from advances in research and technology,  the introduction of new approaches to care delivery, and a more prominent assortment of experts sharing more zones of regular capacity. The dynamic nature of the healthcare environment requires that nurses respond to client’s needs by continually expanding their knowledge and skills and making judgments about the limits of their practice

Key Relationships/Contacts

Internal:

  • Lead Practice Nurse
  • Practice Nursing Team and Healthcare Assistants
  • GPs
  • Doctors in Training
  • Practice Manager/Office Manager
  • Administration Team
  • Secretarial Team

External:

  • Patients, carers and relatives
  • Practice suppliers (equipment, supplies and services)

Duties And Responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities Of Practice Nurse

  • Assist GP’s to help deliver an effective implementation of management of pts with chronic diseases as detailed by the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
  • Contribute to the development of policies/protocols/guidelines within the practice.
  • Aid the practice team with implementation of new initiatives in the delivery of chronic disease management services.
  • Formulate reports as required for the practice manager and or senior nurse.
  • Support the implementation of evidence-based guidelines in conjunction with the practice nursing team.
  • Encourage the development of integrated services within Primary Care to include integrated practice-based teams and multidisciplinary working.
  • Promote the continuing professional development of yourself and other nurses & HCA within the practice.
  • Recognize the opportunities for working in partnership with the Primary Healthcare team.
  • Participate in an annual appraisal.

Leadership

  • Provide professional and managerial support to, healthcare assistants and review and monitoring of patients within primary care.
  • Offer guidance and support to health care assistants to improve standards of care if needed.
  • Participate in chronic disease management clinics within the practice if asked and only after appropriate training, & provide practical assistance and professional advice to achieve minimum standards of care.
  • Provide clinical input where required alongside practice nurses, particularly newly appointed nurses and GPs, to assist in skill development and sharing of best practice.
  • Delegate to others, with appropriate skills, knowledge and competence.
  • Encourage nursing practice in line with relevant evidence-based research.
  • Act as a resource to the general public, patients within the health care system and their families, carers and various healthcare professionals.

Clinical

  • Work alongside Health Care Assistants to help develop their skills.
  • Support the practice in achieving quality indicators and targets of the GMS contract and any relevant National Service Frameworks.
  • Undertake opportunistic screening when clinically required.
  • Perform occasional venepuncture and electrocardiography – following appropriate training.
  • Undertake wound care/ management/dressing techniques.
  • Carry out ear examination and syringing, following appropriate training and assessment.
  • Undertake male, female and family planning assessments, give advice and refer patients appropriately – following appropriate training.
  • Perform cervical screening and promote breast awareness – following appropriate training.
  • Administer adult and paediatric injections under an individualised prescription or Patient Group Direction, ensuring safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs.
  • Undertake accredited training in specific chronic disease management as or if required. e.g. diabetes, respiratory, epilepsy, CHD etc. following appropriate training.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the practice diseases registers.
  • Provide advice on lifestyle issues, assist and support patients in changing their unhealthy behaviours and refer appropriately.
  • Provide an adult and childhood immunisation service working to Patient Group Directions – following appropriate training if required.
  • Delivers travel health care, including vaccinations and advice for patients – following appropriate training if required.
  • Recognise the signs of child abuse, family violence, vulnerable adults, substance abuse, addictive behaviours, suicidal tendencies and is aware of local, referral procedures.
  • Ensure that current evidence-based approaches to a patient are standard practice
  • Apply infection control measures when collecting and handling of laboratory specimens, disposing of waste materials, dealing with blood and body fluids spillages and report and treat sharps injuries.
  • Undertake first aid and management of emergencies, eg burns, haemorrhage, hypo/hyperglycemic emergencies/asthma attacks.
  • Undertake annual training and demonstrates competency in anaphylaxis and resuscitation techniques

Research, Audit and Quality

  • Encourage the development of a practice audit strategy and action plan for Primary Care.
  • Contribute to the provision of equitable, high-quality services for patients in the locality.
  • Help support the integration across primary, secondary and tertiary care services.
  • Maintain an interest in national research initiatives and disseminate appropriate information to health professionals if asked to do so.
  • Ensure all care is evidence-based using up to date validated literature.
  • Contribute to research and development programmes were required to improve clinical practice.

Education and Training

  • Provide professional advice /support to health care professionals within the Primary health care team
  • Following identified training needs, participate in training and facilitation of other practice nurses & healthcare assistants.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance for healthcare assistants
  • Participate in partnership programmes of awareness raising, detection and prevention of chronic diseases.
  • Maintain a level of expertise in specific chronic disease management (when appropriate) and other pertinent areas of health care, and seek to develop new and improved skills.
  • Advise members of the public on the concepts of health promotion, education, prevention and protection
  • Seek out new knowledge of nursing and health by reading, enquiring and partaking in the continuous education programme.
  • Take responsibility for personal development and education including in-service training.
  • Direct, supervise and help mentor nurses and healthcare assistants in the clinical setting.
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary education and training.
  • Monitor and maintain consistency of professional standards and take appropriate action if standards are not met.
  • Maintain professional development by attending relevant courses and study days to keep abreast of current knowledge and developments.
  • Abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice and record and maintain periodic professional registration with RCN & NMC
  • Participate in an annual appraisal.

Communication

  • Maintain communication and liaise with other disciplines across primary, secondary and tertiary care services as and when necessary
  • Contribute to and work effectively within the primary care team
  • Assist in clinical audit and the setting and monitoring of standards of care.
  • Maintain accurate patient records
  • Advise and support other members of the team aiming towards common objectives.

Employers Of Practice Nurse

  • Health Centres
  • Clinics
  • GP surgeries

Key skills for Practice Nurses

  • Good health and fitness
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Well organised
  • Ability to take an initiative
  • Resilience
  • Stamina

Management of risk

  • Manage and assess risk within the areas of responsibility, ensuring adequate measures are in place to protect staff and patients
  • Monitor work areas and practices to ensure they are safe and free from hazards and conform to health, safety and security legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Ensure safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs are undertaken. Where appropriate, oversee the monitoring, stock control and documentation of controlled drug use according to legal requirements
  • Undertake mandatory and statutory training
  • Apply infection control measures within the practice according to local and national guidelines
  • Apply policies that reduce environmental health risks, are culturally sensitive and increase access to health care for all
  • Participate in the local implementation strategies that are aligned with the values and culture of general practice

Records And Information

  • Use technology as an aid to management in planning, implementation and monitoring, presenting and communicating information
  • Review and process data using accurate Read codes about patients in order to ensure easy and accurate retrieval for monitoring and audit processes
  • Manage information searches using the internet and local library databases, for example, the retrieval of relevant information for patients on their condition
  • Understand own and other’s responsibility to the individual organisation regarding the Freedom of Information Act
  • Collate, analyse and present clinical data and information to the team using appropriate charts and/or graphs to enhance care

Confidentiality

In the course of their duties, the practice nurse will have access to confidential information relating to patients, their carers and relatives and colleagues within and outside the practice. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business. All such information from any source whatsoever will be treated as strictly confidential.

Information relating to patients, their carers and relatives and colleagues within and outside the practice and in relation to the practice as a business will only be shared in accordance with the practice’s Confidentiality Policy, the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act and in such a way that personal and sensitive patient-identifiable data is protected.

Equality and diversity

  • Identify patterns of discrimination and take action to overcome this and promote diversity and equality of opportunity
  • Enable others to promote equality and diversity in a non-discriminatory culture
  • Support people who need assistance in exercising their rights
  • Monitor and evaluate adherence to local chaperoning policies
  • Act as a role model in the observance of equality and diversity good practice
  • Accept the rights of individuals to choose their care providers, participate in care and refuse care
  • Assist patients from marginalised groups to access quality care

Other Duties Of  Practice Nurse

The practice nurse may, from time-to-time, be asked to undertake other reasonable duties, with appropriate training. It is important that all members of staff are prepared to undertake additional or relinquish current duties to maintain service delivery to patients. It is expected that requests from the Partners will not be unreasonably refused.

Practice Nurse Programmes:

Practice Nurse programmes can be found in the following links:

https://www.ucas.com/

https://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/primary-care-practice-nursing

https://bucks.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/health-and-social-sciences/graduate-certificate-general-practice-nursing-pt

https://www.educationforhealth.org/news/new-professional-general-practice-nursing-courses/

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate-courses/practice-nursing-pg-cert/practice-nursing.aspx

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/fundamentals-of-general-practice-nursing

Online Practice Nurse Courses:

Online Practice Nurse Courses can be carried out, these are very far in between and recommend that you go with a qualification that is hands-on and practical.

Locum Meds also recommend that you choose a course which has the V300 Independent Prescribing qualification (Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing) incorporated within the course, or you can study this qualification alongside Nurse Practitioner qualifications, make sure you achieve a V300 Independent Prescribing qualification as this will determine your prescribing rights as shown on the NMC website for each individual nurse.

https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/practice-nurse/online

https://www.distancelearningcentre.com/career/nursing-nursing-midwifery/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI872GlbDV2wIVRxOPCh12TAILEAAYBCAAEgL0ZfD_BwE

https://www.city.ac.uk/courses/cpd/the-practice-nurse-distance-learning-module

How to become a certified Practice Nurse:

The level of training required to become a Nurse depends on the type of nursing certification one is pursuing.

Becoming a certified Practical Nurse requires the least amount of training. Many community colleges offer practical nursing certificate programs that take three semesters to complete. Students take courses in human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, and the practice of nursing, and gain clinical experience in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

Registered nurses must complete a two- or three-year diploma or associate degree program in nursing. Students in registered nursing programs take many of the same courses that LPN students take plus additional general education and advanced nursing courses. RN students gain clinical experience through their programs as well.

Though most states require RNs to hold just an associate degree, many prospective and practising RNs earn bachelor’s degrees. In the future, a bachelor’s degree may be the standard for RN education, and some employers today prefer or require one. Many schools offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. Students in BSN programs gain clinical experience and learn about the human body and nursing practice, but they also develop their critical thinking, decision making, and leadership skills.

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