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Community nurse

Rather than being based at a hospital, community nurses work in GP practices, people's homes, in schools and in local surgeries and health centres.


Qualified community nurses (district nurses, health visitors, practice nurses and school nurses) have undergone extensive, specialist in-depth training in addition to their registered nurse qualification. 


They visit people at home to provide healthcare (for example, changing dressings or giving injections) and help people to obtain home nursing aids and equipment they need.


Community nurses are often the primary point of contact with healthcare staff for patients who are housebound and unable to visit primary care facilities. They deal with a wide range of conditions and patient types and need a broad understanding of patient safety issues.


The National Reporting and Learning Service has produced a range of patient safety resources for community nurses, which are listed below.


Also see Hospital nurse.