Educational and training resources for practice nurses

Continuing education and training for practice nurses is informed by the healthcare needs of the practice population you work in. This is agreed in partnership with the GP.

The professional development coordinators for practice nursing (PDCPNs) can provide you with support and advice on educational programmes.

Contact your local PDCPN

Essential education and training

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider

The BLS Provider programme is recommended every 2 years for all healthcare professionals. This programme covers:

  • adult, infant and child BLS
  • use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • removal of foreign body airway obstruction

Contact your PDCPN for information about BLS training

Anaphylaxis

The management of anaphylaxis is an essential skill for all healthcare personnel working in general practice.

Initial anaphylaxis training must be face-to-face. Further updates can be completed online at HSELand.

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Immunisation

Practice nurses involved in the delivery of immunisation programmes are recommended to complete the Immunisation Foundation Programme available at HSELand.

Other HSELand modules:

  • Medication management module
  • HPV immunisation module
  • Flu vaccination

Visit HSELand to access these modules.

Contact your PDCPN for information about immunisation training.

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Guidelines for vaccinating in general practice (PDF, 56pages, 1.4MB)

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Hand hygiene and infection prevention

There are national standards for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. It is recommended that all healthcare professionals are fully informed on how to follow these standards.

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Children First

It is essential that all registered nurses and midwives complete the Children First training. This is available on HSELand.

Venepuncture

Venepuncture is a core skill for practice nurses. There are courses available on HSELand and INMO Professional

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Recommended training resources

The National Healthy Childhood and Nurture Programmes 

Many general practices provide free care to children under 6. The National Healthy Childhood Programme focuses on the development and the delivery of the universal child health services provided to 0 to 2 year olds and the Nurture Programme focus is on the first 3 years or 1,000 days of childhood.

There are education modules available to support practice nurses in delivering this best practice care to children on HSELanD.

These modules are currently available:

  • Growth monitoring in children
  • Nutrition
  • Breastfeeding
  • Child safety

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My Child: 0-2 years (PDF, 8.1MB, 228 pages)

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Long-term conditions management

Training and education available to practice nurses on long-term conditions varies nationally.

Contact your PDCPN for more information.

Expanded roles

Registered nurse prescriber (RNP)

Practice nurses can undertake the medicinal product educational module. This registration will enhance clinical practice and the management of chronic conditions. The PDCPN supports practice nurse candidates as the prescribing site co-coordinator.

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National Cancer Screening Programmes

Practice nurses should to be familiar with all cancer screening programmes, including:

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Chronic conditions management and support

General practice provides screening, diagnosis, ongoing care and self management support to people living with chronic conditions.

Education and training and resources are available to practice nurses on the management of chronic conditions.

These providers also offer long-term conditions management modules:

Contact your PDCPN for more information

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Advanced practice roles

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

There is no division on the register with NMBI for CNS. If you want to become a CNS contact your PDCPN for more information.

Advance Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

To become an ANP you must successfully complete a level 9 advanced practice module. You will then be eligible to make an application for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP).

Contact your PDCPN for advice and support

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