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Routine Tests Part 1

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Routine Tests Part 1

Routine tests and monitoring are a key part of the day to day work of practice nurses and intrinsic to the management of long term conditions, health screening and promotion and the management of minor illnesses and injuries. It is therefore important that nurses maintain their practical and clinical skills to the highest standards.1

The following five MCQs will focus on Body Mass Index, weight measurement, height measurement, waist circumference measurement and random blood glucose testing, and address key issues supporting best practice.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at basic level, tests your understanding of the procedures and processes of routine tests. Complete the resource, including reading the featured articles and undertaking some or all of the activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of privacy and dignity for your patients when undertaking tasks
  • Recognise the importance of appropriate delegation
  • Understand the advantages, together with any limitations, of recommended procedures and processes for routine tests
  • Appreciate the value of good organisation
  • Understand the importance of up to date and accurate record keeping

References

1. Nursing and Midwifery Council. Code of professional conduct: standards for conduct, performance and ethics, 2008  http://www.nmc-uk.org/Documents/Standards/The-code-A4-20100406.pdf

Practice Nurse featured article

Practical Skills In Primary Care: Part 1. Stephanie Garner

Recommended Reading

RCGP General Practice Foundation: General Practice Nurse Competencies

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/membership/practice-teams-nurses-and-managers/~/media/Files/Membership/GPF/RCGP-GPF-Nurse-Competencies.ashx

Education for Health Resources

Essentials of Primary Care Nursing – 5 one day workshops

http://www.educationforhealth.org/shop.php/courses/75/essentials-of-primary-care-nursing