Practice nursing in the limelight The general practice nursing (GPN) service is in the headlines in the nursing world – for all the right reasons. Physician associates: help or hindrance? Momentum is building around physician associates (PAs), although their role is not yet well known in UK primary care. 1 comment More nurses, more services, better care All eyes are on the GPs. A recent BMA survey has shown that, frustrated by workload and lack of time to spend with patients, a quarter of GPs are thinking of working part-time, one in 10 would like to move abroad and 34% are considering retiring in the next five years. Championing patient and clinical care Surprise echoed around the IN office when the news came through that Peter Carter would be leaving the RCN. Practice nurses forgotten again It's no wonder few trainee or graduate nurses consider a career in general practice, when the important work they do is overlooked by those who should know better. 4 comments Nurses welcomed at Number 10 On 6 October, 10 Downing Street held a reception to celebrate the work of nurses, carers and other healthcare professionals. Students benefit from general practice work The University of Hertfordshire has set up a project with the primary aim of exploring new community placement opportunities for pre-registration student nurses undertaking the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme. More nurses should own their own practices A question was put to the Independent Nurse team at the annual QNI conference at the end of September. It sounded like a simple enough question but it momentarily stumped us. 'Why don't more nurses open and run their own practices?' Skills, commissioning and the 6Cs Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, speaks to Rita Som about the 6Cs, working in primary care and leadership Small changes make a huge difference On 1 July, PHE held a conference called At the Heart of it All. The conference, for nurses, midwives, health visitors and AHPs, was founded on the philosophy that as healthcare practitioners (HCPs) we are at the heart of protecting and improving health. PNs need more Last month, I attended RCN Congress. It was enlightening, exhilirating at times, exhausting, and a thrill to put faces to names and talk to, as Peter Carter would say, hard-working nurses. Nurses can help cope with demand Hearing about the plight of general practice and the high numbers of patients seen daily is now so commonplace it has become merely a fact of how the NHS works today. Q&A The RCN's Peter Carter The RCN's chief executive and general secretary discusses the focus on primary care nurses, their pay, and training and developing the workforce with Rita Som. Nurses necessary for services and access As government policy encourages caring for people in the community, and in many cases in their own homes, patients are being encouraged to learn about their conditions and become experts in their own care. Why does the NMC keep raising fees? A selection of letters sent in this month from our readers. To deliver, Miliband must support PNs Primary care has been been the focus of national media attention, following the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband's pledge to ensure everyone has the right to an appointment at their surgery within 48hrs, and sooner for those in the most need. Stand up and be counted The general practice nursing (GPN) workforce is shrinking at a time when care is shifting from secondary care to primary care, in line with the government's agenda to deliver care closer to home. Practice nurses should be given more power I have just been reading the disillusioned ANP's letter about her experiences in general practice and being employed by GPs. (Practice Nurses Still Treated Poorly, IN, 17 March-6 April, p14). Practice nurse survey: have your say It is an accepted fact that practice nurses have been neglected in terms of education and development over the past 20 years or so. Retirement cannot come soon enough I read with interest the last issue of Independent Nurse. I find some of the GP's attitudes towards nurses breath taking (Independent Nurse, 3 March 2014, p10-11). For example, laughing when a nurse asked about the support for prescribing. The value of a career in practice nursing I recently spent a fabulous afternoon observing a Queen's Nurse seeing patients in a busy London surgery. She is a highly skilled nurse practitioner (NP) and demonstrated all that is good about the work of nurses in GP surgeries. Eventful year for the NHS nears its end This year's mainstream news seems to have been dominated by health and the NHS. There was the Francis Report in February. Looking to the future... I am thrilled to be the new Editor of Independent Nurse and to come on board at an exciting time for the profession. Following in the footsteps of Sarah Wild, who had been with the magazine since its launch, is a little daunting, but I have a strong sense Dying for drink-young women at risk Researchers of a report published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health in July looked at the patterns of alcohol-related mortality in three cities - Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.... An insight into the nursing profession This is my last edition as editor of Independent Nurse and I would like to thank the many inspirational primary care and community nurses with whom I have worked.