APNA's definition of primary health care nursing covers health, scope of practice, primary health care, roles and settings. We also explore general practice nursing and Phillips et al. six roles of the general practice nurse.
Explaining the essential elements of a nurse clinic
The building blocks are here to help ensure that you’ve considered the most important aspects of creating a nurse clinic. Each building block contains the core components you need to establish a nurse clinic.
They can be arranged in any order; there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for clinics, and no particular clinic model will be better than another. Rather, success will depend on developing a model that suits the local context, accounting for factors such as community need, nursing availability and expertise and organisational capacity.
A clear plan
Identify clinic opportunities, community need, and your goals, then create your business case.
Understand how to get your clinic funded, budget concepts and sources of finance.
Location and facilities
Creating the space that serves the clinical needs of your patients.
Staffing and HR
From role clarity and employment policies to teamwork and stakeholder management.
Set up your nurse clinic with an evidence-based approach to clinical care and quality.
Design effective patient pathways.
Systems and processes
Implement systems to manage appointments, billing, reminders, registers and more.
Evaluation and improvement
Our step-by-step guide to evaluating your clinic and planning for improvement.
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Staffing and HR
Having a strong and effective team ready to take on the challenges of implementing a new model of nurse-led care is an essential part of a nurse clinic. While supporting and sustaining the team can be challenging there are a few things that can help to minimise potential issues.
Supporting systems and processes
With the right systems and software, nurse-led clinics can operate smoothly, leaving your team with more time to care for patients.