Nursing in Practice has launched a new resource for nurses that allows them to check symptoms and decide on next steps to take during consultations.
Nursing in Practice Reference is a free searchable tool with details on 140 symptoms commonly seen in primary care. It has been designed by GPs and adapted by nurses to be used within consultations or as a learning resource.
The tool been launched alongside Pulse Reference, based on the best-selling Symptom Sorter book, written by Pulse’s clinical adviser Dr Keith Hopcroft and Dr Vincent Forte. It has been further adapted by primary care nurse and editorial advisor for Nursing in Practice, Marilyn Eveleigh, to make it more relevant for the nursing profession. She is the former head of clinical quality & risk and lead nurse at NHS Brighton and Hove. She works as a primary care nurse in East Sussex.
Nursing in Practice Reference presents a range of symptoms commonly seem by nurses, along with red flags and top tips. It is free for all general practice nurses and community nurses registered with Nursing in Practice to use, and will be kept updated as information changes.
Marilyn Eveleigh said that the tool could be extremely useful for nurses to use in day-to-day practice ‘whether you are new to primary care or experienced and wanting to expand your practice, or the clinician that the patient decides to confide in.’
Nursing in Practice’s director of content and editorial, Gemma Collins, welcomed the development, saying: ‘We hope that this new service will be invaluable for nurses working in primary care. It’s a great development for Nursing in Practice and is a unique tool.’
Carolyn Scott, editor of Nursing in Practice, added: ‘We hope that Nursing in Practice Reference will be an incredibly useful resource to make your working day just a little bit easier. Please take a look and add the site to your favourites to support you in your practice.’