Jo StevensJo Stevens

Practice Nurse
The Vine Medical Centre

I joined practice in 2002 as a receptionist and embraced the role of supporting the clinical team and patients to access health care with compassion and empathy. 

While there, I had the opportunity to train to become the practice phlebotomist. This was an exciting opportunity as it reignited my passion for nursing and provided a solid foundation in communication, clinical skills and working in the wider clinical team.

I was always supported by a strong nursing team to develop, gain competencies and deliver excellent person-centred care. Over the coming years the role developed, and I became the practice health care assistant subsequently providing a wider range of clinical skills to the practice population. I happily and proudly performed this role until 2016 when I was supported to start my nursing degree.

The opportunity to do by nurse training provided placements in surgical wards, specialist burns units, District nursing and general medical nursing but I never lost my passion for general practice.

In October 2020 I gained my registration in nursing having received a first-class degree at university. This was a huge achievement, and I was appointed practice nurse a role I relish, champion and work tirelessly to promote. The opportunity to essentially ‘learn on the job’ had provided me with first-hand experience of all that is required to provide excellent care to our patients.

My journey – over more than 20 years – to become a practice nurse has been fully supported by not only my practice but the local wider training team for which I will always be grateful. I now aim to give back and have trained to be a practice assessor so that I can support and train student nurses embracing their own journey towards registration.

Sharon LeeI began working in general practice in 1992 after years of working in a variety of other settings. What struck me immediately was the variety of work and all age ranges that primary care nursing covered. I found my forever home and my career just flourished. I was supported to specialise in a variety of specialisms including diabetes and tissue viability as well as achieving my specialist practitioner qualification in practice nursing. Having completed a masters in health studies, I embarked on more senior roles but to this day I still work clinically in primary care. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.

Sharon Lee, Registered General Nurse, Queens Nurse, Specialist Practitioner