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Nursing in primary care 

Nursing in primary care
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Nursing in primary care
Author(s):

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653720.003.0002
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date: 23 September 2020

There are many opportunities for careers in primary care nursing. Nurses and health visitors can work in generalist health services, such as general practice, in specialist services, such as family planning, or in a generalist service targeted at a particular population group in certain settings, such as people’s homes or schools. This chapter provides an overview of all the nursing roles, as well as some key principles in learning to work in settings outside hospitals. It then provides key information for nurses on their employment by what is an increasingly diverse type of employer in the UK. Effective and safe practice is underpinned by the use of research evidence and information, by teamwork, by continued education and by opportunities to reflect on practice such as through clinical supervision. Information on each of these elements is described in this chapter.

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