Trainee Nurse Associate (TNA)
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) to join our experienced nurse team here at Honley Surgery as part of The Valleys Primary Care Network (PCN). The post holder will succesfully complete the 2 year apprenticeship programme to become a Nurse Associate.
The succesful candidate will work under direct supervision of our Registered General Nurse at Honley Surgery. The post is a development role where the trainee will progress towards the post of Nursing Associate via the successful completion of the Nurse Associate training programme with Huddersfiled University, which includes the attainment of level 5 Foundation Degree equivelant qualification. You will undertake protected academic learning, work based learning with external placements.
At the end of the 2 year programme the post holder will be equipped with knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours required for a Qualified Nurse Associate position and will work to nationally recognised code of conduct.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will develop their skills and knowledge to deliver high quality compassionate care under the direction and mentorship of our Registered General Nurse. The post holder will work towards competancies with the aim of establishing the ability to work without direction in their core duties by the end of the training programme.
Some of the main duties and areas of responsibility of the post holder are:
- Base line observations - blood pressure, pulse, respirations,weight, height, glucose monitoring
- Long Term Condition annual reviews - Hypertension, Diabetic, Cardiovascular, Learning Disability reviews
- Administering immunisations - Flu, B12 and covid boosters
- Health promotion to patients including smoking cessation advice
- NHS Healthcheck
- Cervical Screening - following cervical screening training
- Dressing and wound care
Honley Surgery are also part of The Valleys Primary Care Network which is a group of 6 practices working together to focus on local patient care.
- Honley Surgery
- Elmwood Family Doctors
- Meltham Group Practice
- Oaklands Health Centre
- Slaithwaite Health Centre
- Colne Valley Group Practice
We are a friendly, approachable and forward thinking practice committed to providing a high quality medical service
We have an excellent team of experienced doctors, advanced clinical practitioners, nurses, health care assistants, pharmacists and administrative staff working to give the best service.
Duties and responsibilities:
The role of the TNA requires initiative and good judgement but will always be supported by other more senior clinical members of the practice team who will be able to advise.
Patient care responsibilities:
Provision of a phlebotomy service (by direct clinician referral or practice invitation) and to ensure test samples are appropriately labelled and packaged for transportation to the laboratory.
To carry out health screening and measurements, including blood pressure; weight; height and body mass index; urinalysis; pulse rate and rhythm; ECG; spirometry; glucose tolerance test; and peak flow readings
To provide health information and support to patients and collect lifestyle data including smoking status, alcohol consumption and weight management and refer to the appropriate service
Carry out routine and emergency ECGs, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
Carry out near patient testing e.g. Blood glucose, lipids and INR
Measure temperature, pulse and respiratory rate and to action measurement ofairway function (peak expiratory flow rate and spirometry)
To provide assessment, teaching and support for patients with long term conditions e.g. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Asthma and COPD in line with NICE guidance and Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators
Administer selected medicines and vaccines in accordance with the national schedule and legal authorisation e.g Vitamin B12, influenza, pneumococcal, Prostap and Zoladex.
Carry out care of wounds, apply dressings and removal of wound closure materials after initial assessment by a registered nurse
Assisting the clinical staff where appropriate, including minor surgery procedures and chaperone
Recognise signs and symptoms that may indicate undiagnosed long term conditions e.g poor wound healing, winter cough in smokers and mental health problems and use relevant referral pathways or direct them to a clinician as appropriate
Respond appropriately in the rare event of an adverse reaction to vaccination, including maintaining skills in basic life support
Support and monitor patients during nebulisation therapy
Assist clinicians in emergency management of patients
Contribute to the ongoing assessment of care and be able to recognise when to refer to Senior Colleagues in practice
Discuss and plan care under the supervision of registered staff, where applicable escalating concerns or complex cases to the GP or ANP
Escalate any risks or safeguarding concerns to the practice Safeguarding Lead or clinician in their absence following the policy for safeguarding
Manage clinical supplies of emergency drugs and equipment, monitoring stock levels, ordering stock and re-stocking of clinical areas
Support the nurse team in maintaining vaccine/cold chain storage, monitoring and recording
Preparing and maintaining environments, equipment, and surgical equipment before, during and after patient care interventions
Attend practice/clinical/nurse meetings and contribute to the agenda in the development in the nursing service
Understand own role and scope in the organisation
Work as an effective and responsible team member, supporting others
Ensure clear understanding and utilisation of referral mechanisms within the practice
Accept delegation from nurses, prioritise own workload and ensure effective time-management strategies are embedded into own practice
Participate in team activities that create opportunities to improve patient care
Complete statutory training and mandatory training as identified by the practice
Complete skills-specific training and regular updating
Participate in annual individual performance review maintaining a record of own personal and professional development
Take responsibility of own development, learning and performance and identify gaps in knowledge and skills
Inform practice manager or registered nurse if unable to perform any aspect of role competently
Work with a mentor to take responsibility for developing own clinical competence, leadership and reflective practice skills within the workplace, while on placements and through attending the Nursing Associate programme.
Any other tasks allocated by a member of the clinical or management team
Duties may be varied from time to time under the direction of the management team, dependent on current and evolving practice workload and staffing levels.
Be familiar with the practice computer systems, ensuring security of data at all times.
Computer data entry: ensuring that the recording of all relevant information into the patients electronic medical record is accurate and concise, in accordance with practice procedures relating to confidentiality and safe storage