Readying your practice for a PN

Practice nurses new to the job face a steep learning curve and lack the skills necessary for chronic disease management, researchers say.

“CDM requires a systematic approach that includes case management, education of patients towards self-management and the use of structured methods for patient monitoring, follow-up and feedback,” according to researchers from Flinders University, who found that most nurses are not adequately prepared for the role.

Furthermore, they said change is needed at the practice level for the role to work. “Practices need to be