The role and self-perceived training needs of nurses employed in general practice: observations from a national census of practice nurses in England and Wales


Karl Atkin Social Policy Research Unit University of York, Heslington York YO1 5DD England


This paper outlines the results of a national census of practice nursesin England and Wales It not only shows that the numbers of practice nurses have increased dramatically in recent years but also demonstrates how theirrole has evolved Many practice nurses are now involved in health promotion, and home visiting, as well as advice and counselling The findings also indicate that many practice nurses express a need for training Continuing education for practice nurses is important in ensuring practice nurses are fullyqualified and trained for the tasks they undertake In addition, it also enables them to develop their role and work alongside other community health professionals