Profile of a Practice Nurse

Kate was chosen as our March AppStar for her excellent work with AppLocum. She kindly agreed to talk about her experiences as a locum Practice Nurse. Kate spoke to us about why she took on locum work and the importance of having work-life balance.  

 

What has been your career journey leading you to become a locum Practice Nurse?  

Kate started out as a District Nurse. As her family grew, she wanted more of a work-life balance so switched to Practice Nursing around five years ago. As a Practice Nurse, you generally only work so many hours, rather than full-time. When her children started school, she found that she wanted something to do with her extra two days. Her regular practice works with locums, so she spoke to one of them who referred her to AppLocum. She has now been doing locum work a couple of days a week for the last three years. 

 

What do you like about locum work?  

Kate said that she really enjoys locum work and loves experiencing different practices to see the different ways they all work. She can bring this knowledge to her regular practice to improve the patient experience and utilise the different skills that she has developed in a variety of settings
She also loves meeting new people and has found all the different practices so welcoming and friendly. Whilst she loves her regular practice work, Kate also enjoys “the feeling of driving to a new practice that [she’s] never been to before.”

 

What do you like about being a Practice Nurse?  

Chronic disease management and prevention and health promotion.” Kate said that she loves when people take notice of her recommendation and make lifestyle changes as a result. Educating people about their own lifestyles and looking after people’s future is fulfilling work, starting from baby immunisation to prevention through screenings. It is diverse job and you are able to manage your own time to an extent. Kate also likes how in a practice everyone works together – including the doctors, practice nurses, ANPs and support staff. 

 

Have you experienced any changes as a result of the pandemic?  

When the pandemic initially hit, Kate was put on furlough. At the moment, they are managing the workload for post-pandemic and organising how to see patients face-to-face without putting themselves at risk. At first, the practice only offered specific services such as cervical screening and baby immunisation. Now, chronic disease management is returning but they can’t see people for longer than 15 minutes to limit exposure. Teamwork is important to manage all the different tasks. 

 

Do you have any advice you would offer other nurses about locum work? 

Kate noted that it is really flexible for family life and work-life balance. “It has given me confidence in my own knowledge and skills because when you are sent to a new practice you are essentially on your own without a regular team.”   

 

Working with AppLocum 

Kim is amazing, so supportive and nice.” Kate said that whenever she has spoken to any member of the team they have been really approachable and kind, which is what makes [working with AppLocum] so great.  

 

You can read more healthcare professionals’ stories on our blog, including our Profile of a locum ANP and the Story of an Agency ODP.   

 

If you’re interested in locum work with AppLocumregister online to hear about our latest shifts and start work as soon as you are compliant.  

  

We believe it is important to listen to the experiences of the healthcare professionals who work with us. We want to understand your needs and celebrate your amazing work in the healthcare industry. If you would like to tell your story, feel free to contact us.   

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