Krishna Anand – Trainee Nurse Associate working in Beaumont Leys, Leicester
Krishna is the first Health Care Assistant in TPG to be funded by Health Education England (HEE) for Nurse Associate training, which is the new role soon to be regulated by the Nursing and Midwife Council (NMC) which provides a new level of nurse who are able to provide more clinical care and are accountable to the Practice Nurses on site.
The Nursing Associate role is a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. Following huge interest, some 2,000 people are now in training with providers across England, including our very own Krishna Anand (HCA from Beaumont Leys).
Professor Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, made a statement about the new role: “We need to build a workforce to meet the changing needs of the people we care for. The new Nursing Associate will play an important role as part of a team built around those needs.”
What I’ve learned from my first placement
By Krishna Anand
My first placement was very interesting and educational. I was working in the Nephrology Ward at Leicester General. As a student, I was able to observe procedures such as graft insertions and in the future, I will have the opportunity to observe a kidney replacement, which I am very excited about! I observed and actively practiced personal patient hygiene, which I had never done before, and had the opportunity to interact with lots of patients. Speaking to patients with different needs was an eye opener; just talking to patients makes such a big difference to them. I have been able to observe patients’ journeys from GP referral to being discharged from the Renal Ward.
I saw how patient information was handed over to staff nurses on duty when shifts changed. I must say, there was a lot of paperwork to be done before the nurses could actually see the patient face to face to ensure that the new nurses truly understood the needs of the patient. I actively filled the food, fluid and elimination charts for the nurses to assist in their handovers, which is a very important part of the process.
I also actively assisted my mentor in dispensing drugs to patients, which I really enjoyed. The Renal Ward has a new trolley system for dispensing medication, which is automatically connected to a larger dispenser unit and uses barcodes to dispense medication.
I have been very lucky to have had so much support from my colleagues. Janet Sutton (Regional Nurse Manager) took me for my Induction at South Wigston College and Michelle Brader (Locality Lead Nurse) has been really supportive, attending meetings with my personal tutor Emma from the CCG. Emma has commented on how well I am supported by my employer.
Amy Underwood (Practice Manager) has always been very helpful – Amy took me to the interview and supported me through it. She has always supported and encouraged me and was happy for one of the Trainee Nursing Associates to work in our surgery, in my place, as I was on placement. Amy has been very accommodating of my studies and has arranged cover for me so I can attend extra study days; giving me the opportunity to meet with other Trainees where we can share our experiences. All the staff in TPG have been hugely supportive.
Thanks to this course, I have seen patients in a different way- not as just conditions to be managed, but more as a whole person; emphasising the importance of care values and person-centred care. Now I treat patients using the nursing processes that I have learned. It has changed the way I think about patients and my job role.
I feel my new role in the practice will allow me to further develop in different areas of patient care such as involving training and patient education into care plans and medicine management. At the end of my training, I will be able to assist my nurse colleagues with a number of treatments, the NMC is also creating a number of other treatments and procedures that Nursing Associates will be deal with and be regulated by the NMC.
Nursing Associates are not intended to replace registered nurses, but to help them to deliver outstanding care to our patients. I am extremely pleased and excited to be part of this team and to be able to deliver care to our patients in the TPG way – safe and to a high quality.