Practice Nursing

What does a Practice Nurse do?

Practice Nurses are highly skilled and knowledgeable health professionals who work collaboratively with GPs and other members of the Practice Team to provide safe and quality care.

Practice Nurses have a variety of roles within their Scope of Practice.
This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Clinical skills in patient triage
  • Immunisation
  • Cold chain management
  • Wound care
  • Chronic Disease Management and Allied Health Coordination
  • Aged care assessments
  • Preventative Health checks
  • Patient education
  • Women’s and Children’s Health checks
  • Cervical Screening
  • Systems improvement and Audits
  • Data Management
  • Clinical Research

The Practice Nurse role is diverse and influenced by factors such as:

  • Practice population
  • Nurse qualifications
  • Practice structure
  • Professional standards
  • National incentives and programs

Recognised benefits nurses can bring to General Practice include:

  • Improved outcomes in Chronic Disease
  • An increased range of services available at the Practice
  • Reduction in waiting times
  • Improved public access
  • Improved integration with the acute sector

Creating Opportunity- Practice Nurses navigating change