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General practice nurses urged to join professional mainstream

There has never been a time of greater opportunity for nurses working in general practice, according to a report published last month by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI)

There has never been a time of greater opportunity for nurses working in general practice, according to a report published last month by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

This is the moment for practice nurses to demonstrate and share what they do,’ says QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman.

One of the aims of the report was to help employers and policymakers overcome the challenges of transforming primary care and ensure there is a greater variety of local services.

Survey

It is based on the findings of an online survey in April last year. Then, the QNI had hoped for at least 1,000 responses, but this figure was exceeded within one week.

‘We had a fantastic response rate, with almost 3,500 practice nurses taking part,’ says Dr Oldman. ‘We think this represents about 15% of the workforce.’

‘These nurses have a story and they trust us

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