APNA's definition of primary health care nursing covers health, scope of practice, primary health care, roles and settings. We also explore general practice nursing and Phillips et al. six roles of the general practice nurse.
Locations and facilities
Plan where, when and how your clinic will operate.
Think about your nurse clinic’s space
Determine when and where your clinic will open, and for how long
- Understand your need for any specialist equipment
The clinic space
Will there be a regular room allocated to the nurse clinic on the day of your clinic? This will be one of the points of negotiation when you first plan your clinic.
Other factors that will impact on the operations of your clinic include:
- accessible car parking
- disability and wheelchair access
- identification of equipment required
- design to ensure patients confidentiality
- ensuring auditory and visual privacy
- safety-related issues such as adequate lighting, controlled ambient temperature
- availability of height adjustable bed
"When I first started, there was never a question that I would have a room; it was which room is it going to be?"
Clinic operating hours
You will need to determine the clinic day and time; this has a huge impact on budget projections, community clinical outcomes, and much more. You may decide to run it every day at a set time. Alternatively, you may decide to integrate the clinic into you daily work.
You may need to consider:
maximising patient throughput
being flexible to reach your target audience
staffing and resourcing availability
You will also need to decide how long appointments will be. These may need to be adjusted as you start to see patients and have a better understanding of the average length of time it takes to see each person. If you plan to operate your clinic after business hours, contact your local council to make sure there are no restrictions or zoning issues.
Equipment and resources
Equipment that may be needed for a nurse clinic includes:
- access to patient records, practice software, a clinical audit tool, phone and printer
- appropriate clinical equipment, for example, for measuring height and weight, blood pressure, and access to emergency resuscitation equipment
- ample hand washing and sterilisation facilities
- education and demonstration equipment such as puffers and spacers