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General practice nurses are super nurses, not doctors’ helpers

Frustrated with their status and often feeling undervalued, is it time to reconsider the general practice nurse role?
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Frustrated with their status and often feeling undervalued, is it time to reconsider the general practice nurse role?

At a time when general practice nurses (GPNs) are extending their roles in chronic disease management, minor illness and prescribing to meet the growing needs of primary care, research shows they think their role is poorly understood and undervalued.

Role status is an important marker of workforce satisfaction, and the NHS is starting to recognise that factors such as resilience and job satisfaction have been largely ignored in workforce strategy until now.

The NHS has said GPNs are an important element in the multiprofessional future of primary care because of the cost benefits of their work and the high levels of patient satisfaction with nurse consultations.

Status defined by comparison with GPs

But GPNs feel misunderstood and frustrated about their

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