district nurse


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district nurse

A specially qualified nurse in the UK who works with patients in non-hospital settings (patients’ homes, GP surgeries, clinics and health centres). They provide wound care, diabetes monitoring, administration of medication and pain control for the terminally ill, and advise on maintaining healthy lifestyles, smoking cessation, etc.
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"District nurses have been replaced by other positions, such as unqualified health care assistants.
"District nurses haven't got the time to answer those peripheral issues which can mean an awful lot to a patient.
Coun Rev Richard Bashford (Lab, Quinton) added: "What has been suggested appears to be more of a social model, and I am worried that if district nurses are trained in medical care, are they the best possible people to deliver such care?"
Gill, who is based at Monkseaton Medical Centre and Marine Avenue Medical Centre in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, said: "We need to raise the profile of district nurses and working in the community.
Health staff have estimated that the new system reduces the time spent by the district nurses on unnecessary paperwork and travel by at least an hour per nurse per day.
Frankie is set in the present day around the lead district nurse and her team, who face challenging situations and want to make a difference.
"It's difficult to quantify exactly what a district nurse does and the number of district nurses is in decline locally and nationally.
She spent the next 15 years working as a district nurse in Old Swan and Walton, and found the work both challenging and rewarding.
On average we have between 18 and 20 district nurses on duty every day and we operate two shifts, the main day shift between 8.30am and 5pm and a night shift, but essentially we provide a 24-hour service.
Scots district nurses say TV stars such as Sarah Lancashire and Anthea Turner make their profession a laughing stock.

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