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Practice nurses under 'additional pressure'


I was a practice nurse for 15 years. Over that time more and more chronic disease management and preventive medicine became the responsibility of the practice nurses. Whilst welcoming the additional training and responsibilities, I eventually became exhausted and 'burnt-out' because this was additional work with no more resources i.e. time or nurses. It was especially galling when some of this work generated additional income for the practice, but no more money could be found to support the nurses. There were also very few thanks! As the only full-time nurse on the staff I found the extra burdens very onerous. After several months off with work-related stress and depression I left to return to occupational health, where I did feel appreciated. I am so glad I no longer work for a GP practice, or in NHS, as I suspect that life is intolerable for some practice nurses now.

Posted date

6 March, 2011

Posted time

4:13 pm