Pulse Community Healthcare has a range of community nursing roles across the UK – complete with your own clinical caseload, plenty of responsibility and the benefit of managing your own diary. We spoke to Natasha, a community nurse in Leeds, about her experience of the role.
What attracted you to the community nurse role?
I was working in a cardiac intensive care unit in an NHS hospital, and I was ready for a new challenge. One of the appealing things about the role was the hours - Monday to Friday, something that is rare in nursing! I was worried about leaving the NHS at first, but it was the best decision I ever made.
What was it like making the move from a clinical environment, to the community?
What I love about the community nurse role is that you have the capability to direct the care in a way you see best for the client – in a clinical environment there is little room for adaptation. Being able to adjust is a key part of this role, for example a client may have a pet and getting used to changing a tracheostomy in the same room as Bobby the dog can be difficult to get your head around – especially being the control freak that I am! As soon as you realise that this is what the patient wants and that it helps make them more comfortable, it’s easy to adapt.
What exactly does the role entail?
The community nurse role with Pulse is different to what you’d expect to be doing in a community nursing role in the NHS. You are based both in the community and in the office.
You will have your own caseload, which includes direct patient care such as managing tracheostomy and ventilated clients, however the role is heavily focused on supervisory tasks. This includes managing complex client discharges from hospitals and writing and monitoring care plans. The role is likened to a nurse assessor or nurse advisor role and enables you to see the whole care process, from start to finish.
What skills would someone need to become a community nurse?
ICU or HDU experience is essential due to the clinical skills required for the role. You will also need to be confident in your abilities and be able to work autonomously. There will be times where you make the final clinical decisions, so you will need to have the confidence to push back to family members if you don’t agree with their requests.
Strong organisational and administrative skills are also required due to the office-based aspect of the role. This can be quite a change coming from a clinical environment but it’s something I now really enjoy.
What benefits are included in the role?
Working for Pulse Community Healthcare provides you with a plethora of benefits including revalidation support and NMC fee reimbursement. You will also have the chance to undertake ongoing training – which will be tailored to your requirements, to ensure you feel confident to undertake the role to the best of your ability.
The role, which is equivalent to an NHS band 5 or lower band 6, gives you the chance to develop as a nurse and learn new skills that can help you achieve your full potential.
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