Employing a Primary Care Nurse

Employing a Primary Care Nurse

Employment of a Primary Care Nurse (PCN) can reduce a GPs workload and provide more rapid access to care for patients.

The role of a Primary Care Nurse may involve a wide variety of patient care including:
preventive care such as: immunisation, pap smears, lifestyle education and health promotion
clinical activities such as: wound management, health assessments, nurse clinics, home visits, coordination of care for patients with chronic conditions (including Coordinated Veterans Care - CVC), emergency care and triage.

Other areas in which nurses contribute to the general practice setting include:

quality improvement
education to staff and patients
liaison with community groups and other health professionals
advocacy for patients and

establishing and monitoring systems to increase efficiencies and business objectives.

NSMLs Primary Care Support Team can assist by providing support services to primary care nurses. We recently established a Primary Health Care Nurse network as a vehicle for sharing information and supporting this vital sector of our health workforce. NSML is particularly keen to speak with practices who are seeking to recruit, or are having problems retaining, Primary Care Nurses.

Sources for this article:
The Australian Medicare Locals Alliance AMLA

http://amlalliance.com.au/medicare-local-support/nigp

For more information please contact the Primary Care Support Team at practice_support@nsml.com.au or phone 9477 8700.
Employing a Primary Care Nurse