Nurses not confident about identifying skin irregularities

ONLY one in 10 practice nurses feel confident in their ability to correctly identify a skin irregularity, despite 91% of practice nurses saying they are regularly asked by patients to check skin, a survey shows.

Completed by more than 400 health professionals, the survey of 121 practice nurses found just one in five practice nurses felt confident they would even notice a sun damage-related skin irregularity on a patient.

Carried out by Kantar Health, the research emphasised the increasing role that practice nurses have in managing such skin conditions.

APNA CEO Belinda Caldwell said it was imperative that nurses felt adequately equipped to deal with the issue.

“This research found three in four practice nurses are involved in managing sun damage-related skin conditions in their daily practice,” she said. 

“It is important all practice nurses feel confident in their ability to identify potentially dangerous