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What does a practice nurse do?
Practice nurses are registered nurses (Div 1) or enrolled nurses (Div 2) who work in the general practice or primary health care setting. Some have postgraduate qualifications in Midwifery, Women’s health, Chronic disease management, Immunisation and more.
Practice nurses have a variety of roles within their own scope of practice. This includes, but is not limited to:
- clinical skills in patient triage
- wound care
- chronic disease management and allied health coordination
- aged care assessments
- preventative health checks
- patient education
- women’s and children’s health checks
- pap tests
- systems improvement and audits
- data management
- clinical research
Meet Tracy Murphy a Primary Care Nurse in General Practice
Recently the GML asked for expressions of interest for local representation on a National General Practice Forum. Tracy Murphy a Primary Care Nurse specialising in women’s health has been accepted to the forum. Tracy was interested to provide the nursing perspective on General Practice. She believes that nurses are well placed to provide innovative, flexible health care that compliments medical care in meeting the needs of all clients, including the most disadvantaged. She would like to see this achieved through increased recognition and advancement of the Nurse's scope of practice the development of a Nurse Practitioner role in General Practice and increased nurse engagement with evidence based practice.
Tracy has worked in General Practice since 1990 and has been involved with and welcomed the changes that have occurred during this time. She has set up and run several nurse led clinics and has supplemented her clinical skills with extensive postgraduate education. She currently coordinates three postgraduate nursing subjects at Melbourne University. Tracy’s current clinical roles include Women's Health Nurse Roles in General Practice, Breast Screen Victoria and Women's Health Loddon Mallee she is also a nurse immuniser and school nurse. Tracy is a member of the Victorian Preceptor Program (VPP). Members of the program meet regularly to promote the recruitment and retention of nurse preceptors for cervical screening.
Tell us about how the forum works Tracy? “ I have only been a member for a short time so I am still learning at this point. However I have read extracts from previous discussions and the members appear to be a passionate and committed group.”
What topics have you been discussing lately? “Recent topics have been the PCeHR, Medicare Locals and after hours contracts and Medicare locals engagement with GP's.”
If others in the Grampians Medicare Local catchment are interested to participate in the General Practice Forum, contact Michelle MacGillivray.
How does the GML support practice nurses?
We organise a variety of practice nurse education events across the Grampians region. These Practice Nurse Network meetings provide a strong education component, but also provide opportunity for professional networking and support.
- Ararat Practice Nurse Network meetings are usually held on certain Tuesdays from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.
- In Horsham these are usually held on certain Thursdays from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.
- In Ballarat, most events are held on certain Thursdays from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm.
Some events are held on different days or evenings in order to provide a mix to cater for variations in availability and can be found on the Practice Nurses annual events calendar.
Practice nurses in Ballarat are also invited to attend the Tuesday CPD programme that GPs and Allied health providers attend at the Ballarat Health Services.
The GML advertises events on the events calendar of our website, in our email communications and newsletters. Some relevant external events are promoted this way too. Please RSVP to events directly via our website events page.
New nurse GML orientation
We can organise an orientation for new nurses to a general practice. This includes a summary of resources and support that the GML offers nurses and medical practices, as well as other relevant local information. Please contact us on 5331 6303 to organise this free service.
Practice nurse newsletters
For further practice nurse information and support contact Jennifer Gray on 5331 6303 or Jenniferg@grampiansML.com.au
- Evaluation of the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)
- Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)
- Nov 2011 Primary Health Services and General Practice: systematic referral cycles
- BHS protocol for practice nurses attending RACFs
- Estimated waiting times at Ballarat Community Health / and Ballarat Primary Care
Continuing Professional Development
Print this CPD portfolio template to keep track of your CPD. Nurses are required to maintain a CPD portfolio (electronic or hard copy) to meet recent practice requirements as set out in the respective state/territory legislation. (Thanks to from Dandenong Casey DGP)
- Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board
- Australian College of Nursing
- Australian Nursing Federation
- Australian Practice Nurse Association
With PN registration becoming national there are new issues around professional indemnity to consider.
- Australian Nursing Federation members receive professional indemnity insurance
- Making sense of professional indemnity
- About APNA Professional Indemnity Insurance
- List of e-Learning opportunities for practice nurses (Oct 2012)
Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)
- Creating Opportunity short films