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Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Fleur Dodds

Name:  Fleur Dodds

Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

A: I have worked in the Rosebud Emergency Department for 2 years.

Q: What is your background? 

A: I am a Critical Care Registered Nurse. I spent many years working in ICU before heading on a working holiday around Australia with my family. I then worked at an Emergency Department of a small hospital, in a remote, coastal town of WA. I quickly fell in love with working & living in a small community, and the reward this offers. This is what drew me to working at Rosebud ED when we moved back to the Mornington Peninsula.

Q: What does a typical day in your role involve?

A: Each shift is different and it’s the variety that I enjoy. You need to be prepared for what may come through the door and follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and handle every situation.

It may be a simple cold, to a trauma or heart attack. It may be a young baby, through to the elderly. Assessment, prioritising, planning and delivering the best care we possibly can, are all part of our day.

The nurses work closely with the medical and allied health staff in a very dedicated team, providing safe and effective care to locals and the many tourists that visit throughout the year. Being a busy but smaller ED, it is essential to have advanced skills, critical thinking ability and trust in your team and their skills.

Q: What do you like best about your job?

A: One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet and care for the locals. It’s nice to make a difference to what could potentially be a tough day for them and their family when they are required to present to ED

The opportunity to work in so many different areas makes each day varied and rewarding. From Triage, Resus, Fast-track to Short-stay – this diversity develops a strong skill base and confidence to manage any situation that may present to ED.

 Q: What has been one highlight/ memorable moment working at Peninsula Health?

A: There have been many, upon reflection they all come back to the great team, supportive environment and patients who are appreciative of your care.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Peninsula Health?

A: I have been lucky enough to have great opportunities whilst working in Rosebud ED, pursuing passion in education and enjoying the challenge of leadership opportunities.  We have a great new Nurse Unit Manager who is supportive and encouraging. There are also new developments in the department…it’s an exciting time to work at Rosebud ED!

I enjoy the sense of community amongst staff and also the patients.  I think the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal is an example of where the community is a big part of the hospital. We are so fortunate to have their annual fundraising contributions which make it possible to buy new equipment, in turn providing better care to members of the community.

I also enjoy being close to home…and the beach so I can go fishing in the boat after work!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

A: Family time, enjoying the beautiful part of the world in which we are lucky enough to live in.

We are currently looking for more nurses to join the team at Rosebud ED. If you’re interested in working with Fleur and the team, apply online today.

Find out about this year’s Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal online here