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Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Brydee and Lisa

Brydee Dullard and Lisa Beckinsale are Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department at Frankston Hospital.

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

Brydee: 8 years

Lisa: 19 years

Q: What is your background?

Brydee:

  • 2011: Graduate Program at Peninsula Health.
  • 2012: Employed by the Emergency Department.
  • 2013: Graduate Certificate in Critical care Nursing
  • 2016: Commenced Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner
  • 2019: Endorsed to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner

Lisa:

  • 2001 employment at PH Frankston ED
  • 2003 Grad Certificate Emergency Nursing
  • 2016 completed (2year course) Masters of Nursing- Nurse Practitioner
  • Endorsement 2017

In addition to the above, both Lisa and Brydee have taken on other various roles both at Peninsula Health and elsewhere to gain further experience and knowledge.

Q: Can you explain what you do as a Nurse Practitioner in the ED? What does a typical day in your role involve?

As a Nurse Practitioner in Emergency our role is to promote positive outcomes for the patients by increasing patient access to quality care, while reducing ED wait times, length of stay and promoting patient flow through the Emergency Department

We work both collaboratively and autonomously to perform advanced patient assessments; order and interpret diagnostic tests; prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform specific procedures within a legislated scope of practice. (A patient may see only a nurse practitioner on their Emergency Department presentation)

We have scope to see patients who present with (but not limited to) musculoskeletal injuries, advanced/complex wounds and skin disorders, urology patients, complications in early pregnancy, paediatric illnesses, Respiratory and chest pain, ophthalmic presentations, ENT. The scope is continually evolving with the dynamic emergency department needs

Procedures can include fracture reductions, dislocation reductions, suturing, removal of foreign bodies. Football season is approaching which creates its own challenges as we see a significant rise in presentation of injuries over the weekends. The only thing that is typical, is that there is no typical day. And that’s what we love about our job!!

Q: What do you like best about your job?

Promoting positive outcomes for the patient, the provider and the system.

Nothing is more rewarding than when a member of the local community recognises one of the nurse practitioners from a previous presentation.  Often, they will remember us by name and communicate their confidence in the Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner (NP) model of care. While knowledge and skill are the cornerstone of our NP practice – a family’s trust and gratitude is the icing on the cake!!

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

We have been very fortunate to work at Peninsula Health being continually supported and encouraged to pursue numerous career progression goals within the Emergency Department and organisation.

To find out more about career opportunities at Peninsula Health, see our Careers page.