Pre-registration nurse placements in general practice: the picture so far
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Pre-registration nurse placements in general practice: the picture so far

Beth Hawkes Lecturer, Primary care nursing, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, England

A global shift of health services from secondary to primary care means there is a need for more primary care nurses and an expansion of their roles. However, there is a serious shortfall in the supply of general practice nurses (GPNs). With the GPN population ageing and many due to retire, a potential crisis is looming.

This scoping review of literature published in the past ten years examined various aspects of pre-registration nurse placements. Seven papers were found in the review, all of which used surveys, and they varied in quality and rigour. All the post-placement studies showed the views of students, mentors, GPs and patients concerning pre-registration placements to be overwhelmingly positive.

Despite a general belief that a lack of funding is one of the main barriers to pre-registration placements, the evidence so far suggests there are other elements in play.

Primary Health Care. 29, 3, 28-33. doi: 10.7748/phc.2019.e1471

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beth.hawkes@plymouth.ac.uk

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