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Surrey Heath practice welcomes first student nurse

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NHS Surrey Heath clinical commissioning group (CCG) is celebrating the role of practice nurses for this year’s International Nurses’ Day.

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For the first time, local surgeries within the CCG will be accepting student nurse placements

This gives student nurses a chance to learn about a wide range of care, treatment and diagnosis for people of all ages and with a variety of conditions.

Alison Huggett, the CCG’s Director of Quality and Nursing, said: “Practice nursing is a really important and exciting environment because you play such an important role in helping to keep people out of hospital and in their own homes.”

Lesley Healey, Practice Nurse at Station Road Surgery, Frimley, has been joined for an eight-week placement by first-year University of Surrey nursing student Shannon Petrie.

Lesley said: “It’s a really good idea because it gives students a different view – I don’t think people realise how much we do and how much variety there is.”

Shannon will get hands-on experience with patients including general observations, blood pressure checks, ECGs and injections.

She said: “I didn’t realise how much gets done in the practice as a nurse – at university they just talk about wards. It’s good and I’m really enjoying it.”

The student placements have been organised by the CCG’s Primary Care Workforce Tutor, Karen Snelson, whose role is to support existing practice nurses and encourage more people to choose practice nursing as a career choice.

Karen said: “Experienced practice nurses have a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to share. Until now student nurses have not had the opportunity to learn about this exciting and rewarding role but I hope that after placements in our surgeries many of them will now consider a future career in General Practice.”

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