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Why newly qualified nurses should not be put off working in general practice

COVID-19 vaccine delivery and a recruitment push will put practice nursing in the spotlight

From COVID-19 vaccine delivery to a national recruitment push, practice nursing will increasingly be in the spotlight

Improving pay and employment contracts is key to tackling the looming shortage of general practice nurses (GPNs), says the RCN’s new professional lead for primary care.

‘There is a lot of inequity across the provision, with some GPNs getting very good terms and conditions, while others not so much,’ says Heather Randle, who took up her post at the end of September. ‘I’d like to see all these nurses feeling valued.’

Not just pay, but training opportunities – and feeling like part of the team

With around a third of all nurses due to retire in the next five years, the profession


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