Job Role of a District Nurse

Updated February 21, 2017

"District nurse" is the name of a specialised type of health care professional in the United Kingdom. District nurses treat patients in the patients' home or in assisted living centres to decrease the need for hospitalisation and allow patients to live more independently.

Patient Care

District nurses provide care to seniors and other patients, such as checking vital signs, changing dressings or bandages, and monitoring the use of devices such as pacemakers, catheters or colostomy bags.


District nurses provide support to the families of patients, providing them with resources for financial needs relating to patient care and services that may assist their family member. They also may give emotional support by listening to the concerns of family members and counselling them appropriately.

Educational Duties

District nurses instruct patients in aspects of self-care that they are capable of performing. They may also educate family members or staff at nursing facilities in the proper care of the patient.


District nurses are responsible for assessing the general health of their patients on a regular basis and for monitoring the care they are receiving from health care providers and nursing facilities.


District nurses compile detailed reports for the National Health Service, recounting the progress of the patient and the activities performed on each visit. They also work alongside social workers, voluntary agencies and others who are involved in caring for the patient to coordinate care efforts.

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