Working as a nurse for Aneurin Bevan University Hospital

Nurses can have a career in a variety of specialist areas within primary and community services.

District/Community Nurses make a difference every day to the lives of people they visit at home and in residential care homes. They provide increasingly complex care for patients and support for family members.

As a Community Nurse you will be adopting a patient-centred holistic approach to care, working in partnership with individuals, families, carers, primary care teams and other professionals in statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, providing a range of interventions and services in the provision of person-centred care, to assist individuals to maximise their quality of life, promote independence and improve their health.

You will be providing nursing care, through identified packages of nursing care, for adults who have short-term needs but who are housebound; or, who have long-term conditions or complex needs from multiple conditions and who would otherwise find it difficult to access regular healthcare; or, who require palliative care at end of life.

The service also has a key part to play in the transitional process of young people whose primary diagnosis is a healthcare need from Children’s Services, into Adult Community Services. Transition into adult service occurs when the young person reaches their 18th Birthday.

Practice Nurses are normally based within a GP surgery providing care and advice to all age groups in the community. The role of a practice nurse is diverse and includes advice and treatment on wound management, childhood and adult immunisations, contraception, cytology, and long-term disease management, such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory conditions. This role is pivotal in supporting the clinical futures agenda as practice nurses provide health promotion and lifestyle advice; and encourage individuals to consider healthy behaviors, referring them to resources and other professionals as appropriate.

Specialist Nurses are experts in a field of long-term disease management, such as palliative care, tissue viability, diabetes, respiratory, heart disease, dementia and palliative care. These nurses participate in the follow-up care of patients, providing specialist advice and reducing the requirement for secondary care services and hospital admissions.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) are experienced nurses educated to Masters Level in advanced practice. They provide enhanced care to patients through their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients autonomously. ANPs work as part of the MDT and are able to request and interpret test results, prescribe medication, refer to other specialties and admit and discharge patients from hospital when required.

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