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Three new perioperative nurse practitioners.

Three Perioperative Nurses have recently completed their Acute Care Nurse Practitioner registration: Lorraine Hogan and Kirstie Cooke from Grace Hospital in Tauranga and Amelia Howard-Hill who is working in private practice in Christchurch and also works as an Honourary Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Lorraine and Kirstie provide a a synopsis of their career pathways here while Amelia's journey is described in more detail on page 31.

NP Acute Care Lorraine Hogan

If you had asked me ten years ago, I would never have imagined I would be a Nurse Practitioner. I began my nursing career at Middlemore Hospital, working in Medicine, general surgery, orthopedics and Emergency Care. It was in Emergency Care when I started my post graduate studies. After spending some time in Emergency Care I moved into the field of Primary Health Care where I worked as a Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist, completing a Master of Nursing with First Class Honours through the University of Auckland in 2009.

I continued post-graduate studies in advanced pediatric care and a further prescribing practicum paper in 2013 through WINTEC with the support of my Nurse Practitioner mentor Rosemary Minto.

In 2013, I was employed as a Nurse Practitioner intern at Grace Hospital, a private surgical hospital in Tauranga. The internship stretched out over a period of two years providing clinical and professional development to meet Nursing Council competencies for registration as a Nurse Practitioner.

With the support of management, my clinical mentor Dr. Reta McLeod (Anaesthetist), and my colleagues, I registered as a Nurse Practitioner in the area of Acute Care, Life Span in 2015.

I continue to work at Grace Hospital, integrating my advanced assessment and diagnostics skills. I am involved in assessment of patients prior to undergoing elective surgical procedures to optimise their health, and post-operatively acute patients experiencing episodic illness, exacerbation of chronic conditions and complications from surgery. The role involves early identification and management of potential and actual risks associated with the patient's surgicaljourney, while providing support and leadership to nursing and other clinical staff.

In addition to working clinically, I also work as a Nurse Practitioner Practice Partner at WINTEC on the Integrated Science and Clinical Assessment Paper. I really enjoy the challenge of this role with WINTEC, as it keeps my practice current while challenging patients and advancing other nurses practice at the same time.

Having a broad practice area means I have the flexibility to work across settings to meet patients' needs and gaps within the service. Having this experience and knowledge has prepared me well to work as a Nurse Practitioner.

I am very grateful for the professional support from Grace Hospital's leadership and management team my colleagues both medical and nursing, along with the BOP DHB NP Forum group.

Looking back on my career, I am proud of what I have achieved and how far I have come, although I can honestly say I am still at the beginning of my journey, and look forward to the next chapter.--Lorraine Hogan

NP Acute Care--Kirstie Cooke

I began my journey to Nurse Practitioner to extend my nursing career whilst maintaining a clinical focus and having the ability to positively influence patient care.

I completed a Masters of Nursing in 2008 through Massey University and the Prescribing Practicum paper in 2013 through WINTEC supported by my mentor Brett Turnwald (NP).

In 2013 I was employed as a NP intern at Grace Hospital, a Private Surgical Hospital in Tauranga.

The internship provided clinicallyfocused training, mentorship from Dr Reta McLeod (anaesthetist) and development of the NP role to meet the competency requirements of Nursing Council for registration as a Nurse Practitioner.

The NP role utilises nursing skills and experience and builds on this to integrate advanced assessment and diagnostic skills. This provides early identification and management of potential and actual risks associated with the patient's surgical journey.

The role provides support and guidance to clinical staff and patients with a potential for physiologically instability resulting in improved patient outcomes. Another important aspect is leading clinical projects and the implementation of evidence-based practice as a way to improve access to quality care.

I am very lucky to be well supported by management and my colleagues at Grace Hospital. I am really proud of my achievement; it has taken a lot of commitment and perseverance and it's a great feeling to have finally achieved my goal.--Kirstie Cooke
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Title Annotation:news; Lorraine Hogan, Kristie Cooke, and Amelia Howard-Hill
Publication:The Dissector: Journal of the Perioperative Nurses College of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Sep 1, 2016
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