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Dispelling the myths around the role of a general practice nurse

Butler, Sarah



There are many myths surrounding the general practice nurse role. Sarah Butler looks at these myths and clears up some of the misunderstandings that are often repeated

In the UK there is a need to promote and increase the number of general practice nurses working in primary care. In comparison to their counterparts in secondary care, practice nurse numbers are significantly reduced. In recent years emphasis was placed on keeping individuals well and out of hospital and their conditions managed in primary care where possible. The role of the general practice nurse is still lesser known compared to the role of a staff nurse. Myths still remain around the general practice nurse position including those eligible to apply and the development that is offered.


Butler, S. (2022). Dispelling the myths around the role of a general practice nurse. Practice Nursing, 33(8), 324-328.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2022
Publication Date Aug 2, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2023
Journal Practice Nursing
Print ISSN 0964-9271
Electronic ISSN 2052-2940
Publisher MA Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 8
Pages 324-328
Keywords General practice nurses; Workforce; Career; Students
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