Welcome to the new Pegasus Health website

  • 24 Hour Surgery Information

    In a medical emergency, call 111

    Call 24 Hour Surgery

    Call: 03 365 7777

    How to get there
    We are located at 401 Madras Street, Christchurch Central.

    You can enter our carpark from Madras Street; turn left just before the lights on Bealey Avenue. We have a drop off area at the front entrance for patients who may require this.

    Public Transport
    You can plan your bus trip from the Journey Planner on the Metro website.

    We have wheelchair parking and an accessibility ramp. Wheelchairs are available if you need them. We also have an interpreter service available.

  • Unsure where to go?

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    • Want 24/7 health advice?

      Call your GP or Healthline to talk to a health professional 24/7 and they will point you in the right direction.

    • Need a GP appointment

      Call your GP, find a GP or visit Practice Plus for a virtual appointment

    • Should I visit the 24 Hour Surgery?

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Introduction to practice nursing

Why choose practice nursing?

A career in practice nursing is ideal for individuals who thrive in environments where learning is continuous and the work is both challenging and rewarding. As a practice nurse, you have the unique opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of patients by providing continuity of care. Each day presents different challenges and experiences, keeping the work dynamic and engaging. Practice nursing allows you to build deep connections within the community and advocate effectively for your patients' health and wellbeing.

Female doctor wearing a taonga around neck, using stethoscope to check heartbeat of young boy. Orange heart icon.

Practice nurses have an interesting and exciting role in primary care as they often provide the first point of contact for people seeking health services. Practice nurses are highly trained nurses who work with GPs and others in primary care practices. They provide a range of services including:

  • Immunisations
  • Wound care
  • Long term condition management
  • Community liaison
  • Counselling
  • Sexual health consults
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Emergency care
  • Infection control
  • Cryotherapy
  • Cervical smear taking
  • ECG
  • Minor surgery
  • IV therapy
  • Nursing assessments
  • Telephone advice
  • Health promotion
  • Immigration checks
  • Well Child checks
  • And more...

Key skills required for Practice Nursing

  • Comprehensive history taking and assessment skills are a fundamental part of the practice nurse role.
  • Good communication skills are particularly important as practice nurses are often the first point of contact within the health team.
  • Patient advocacy skills are vital as the practice nurse will often be called upon to liaise with others about patient care.
  • Intermediate computer skills are desirable as almost all practices have computerised records, and use several databases/tools.
  • It is important to have excellent time management skills and be well organised. A practice nurse’s day is busy and often involves the unexpected.
  • Resourcefulness is important as practice nurses often have to think ‘outside the square’.
  • Being a team player makes working in a small team easier and more rewarding for everyone.
  • IMPORTANT: enthusiasm for ongoing learning. It is essential that practice nurses keep up to date and that their skills and knowledge remain evidence informed and current.

Support from Pegasus Health

The Nursing team provides professional and clinical leadership to the nurses within the organisation, the 24 Hour Surgery, and the general practice nursing workforce. The Nursing team support also includes:

  • Orientation for all nurses employed in a Pegasus Health general practice
  • Introduction to Practice Nursing course
  • Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NETP) and Professional Development & Recognition Programme (PDRP)
  • Clinical skills training
  • Ongoing professional support and educational opportunities to all Pegasus practice nurses.

Practice Nurses attend peer-led, evidence informed education sessions promoting clinical best practice provided by the Clinical Quality and Education team.

Other training available for practice nurses includes:

  • B4 School Check training
  • Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Interpreter workshops
  • Diabetes fundamentals

Download our Introduction to Practice Nursing brochure (PDF)

Introduction to Practice Nursing Seminars

Pegasus Health offers ‘Introduction to Practice Nursing’ seminars. These seminars are designed for nurses and BN students who want to find out about career opportunities in Pegasus Health PHO affiliated General Practice, or the 24 Hour Surgery.

The three-hour seminars are usually held twice a year and there is no charge to attend. However, there is no plans to hold these seminars for 2024.

Any queries should be forwarded to nursingteam@pegasus.health.nz