How to ensure a successful general practice nursing placement
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence and practice    

How to ensure a successful general practice nursing placement

Nick Puffett Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Winchcombe Medical Centre, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England
Sophie Turley Nursing Student, University of the West of England, Bristol, England

Why you should read this article
  • To enhance your knowledge of the professional and personal benefits of supporting general practice nursing placements for students

  • To recognise that showcasing the variety and diversity of opportunities in general practice through placements may offer one way to address workforce shortages

  • To be aware of policy initiatives that require significant increases in the number of general practice nurses

One in three general practice nurses are due to retire in 2020. Workforce shortages are intensified by government initiatives that emphasise care closer to home. General practice nursing offers exciting and diverse opportunities, including treatment room roles, specialist chronic disease management and advanced practice. Practice placements offer one way to attract future nurses to the specialty, and the number of placements must be increased.

This article examines the benefits of and the barriers to a successful nursing student placement in general practice nursing from the perspective and experience of a mentor and student (the authors of this article). It identifies how forward planning before the placement begins can enhance the student’s learning experience.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1628

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Puffett N, Turley S (2020) How to ensure a successful general practice nursing placement. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1628

Accepted 2 December 2019

Published online: 01 April 2020

Want to read more?

Already have access? Log in


3-month trial offer for £5.25/month

Subscribe today and save 50% on your first three months
RCNi Plus users have full access to the following benefits:
  • Unlimited access to all 10 RCNi Journals
  • RCNi Learning featuring over 175 modules to easily earn CPD time
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Revalidation Portfolio to stay on track with your progress
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests
  • A customisable dashboard with over 200 topics

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Are you a student? Our student subscription has content especially for you.
Find out more