A practice nurse is a highly specialised nurse practitioner, highly skilled and trained in health promotion and chronic disease management. Mrs Sunderland is a qualified independent non-medical prescriber and prescribes treatment in her areas of expertise.
She helps patients maintain their health by advising on
- stopping smoking
- weight reduction
She screens for early signs of disease and its prevention by
- performing smears for preventing cervical cancer,
- blood tests for detecting high cholesterol, diabetes, anaemia, underactive thyroid, kidney and liver disease.
She will also advise young people on sexual health.
She has a primary role in the diagnosis and investigation of asthma, chronic bronchitis/emphysema and diabetes and the ongoing treatment of these diseases with the assistance of the doctors.
She helps the doctors treat many chronic illnesses by monitoring the patient's condition in
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- thyroid problems
- kidney insufficiency
- mental health problems
- special drug therapies
She provides travel advice and administers vaccines, not only for travel but also childhood, influenza, shingles and pneumococcal vaccinations.