Primary qualifications: RGN
Basic training to qualify as a nurse takes 3 years and all nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), (from 2013 all nurse courses are degree level). Registration is renewed annually and from 2016 all registered nurses must undertake revalidation every 3 years. Practice Nurses work in GP Surgeries as part of a Primary Healthcare Team. They have many responsibilities including health screening, adult and child vaccinations, asthma checks, diabetes checks, family planning, wound care etc. Many Practice Nurses undertake additional training in order to study conditions such as asthma and diabetes in more depth.
Sandra qualified in 1984, she worked as a Community Nurse for many years and also part time with the Rapid Response Team. Sandra then spent two years as a Triage Clinician for NHS 111 before moving to Practice Nursing in 2014. She enjoys all aspects of Practice Nursing particularly women's health, baby vaccines, diabetes and wound care.
In her spare time, Sandra is busy with her family, enjoys going on dog walks and swimming.