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Practice nurse

Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £44,503

Employment by 2024

+4.68%

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • set up and running clinics for conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart problems and skin disorders
  • offer advice on family planning and contraception
  • take blood and urine samples and other specimens and swabs
  • perform routine procedures like ear syringing, applying and removing dressings and treating wounds
  • offer specialist information and advice on blood pressure, weight control and stopping smoking
  • carry out infant injections, vaccinations and travel immunisations
  • give advice to patients on long-term medical and nursing needs

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a GP practice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You could specialise in health promotion, chronic disease management, diabetes or asthma care.

With experience and qualifications you could become a nurse practitioner, managing your own caseload of patients.

You could also move into management, teaching or research.

You can find out more about becoming a practice nurse from Health Careers.

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