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Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Lisa Taylor

Name: Lisa Taylor

Job title: Oncology/Haematology Nurse Practitioner

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

A: I have worked in the Chemotherapy Day Unit since 2003.

Q: What is your background?

A: After completing Hospital Training at Box Hill Hospital 1991, I completed my graduate year with a rotation on the medical oncology ward and I knew I wanted to become a cancer nurse. I worked overseas from 1995-2003 at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. In numerous roles, Staff Nurse Acute Haematology, Stem Cell Transplant, Nurse Clinician (Oncology) and Education Co-Ordinator. On return to Australia I have worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant since 2003 and always wanted to be able to provide a service where patients did not have to wait for assessment and decisions. I interviewed and was successful in the Oncology Nurse Practitioner Candidate role at Peninsula Health, which was a funded position by the Department of Health. I also applied and received a scholarship for study from the Department of Health. I completed a Masters of Nurse Practitioner from Latrobe University in 2014.

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

A: I am not sure there is a typical day as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner. My main role is on clinical assessment and management of patients undergoing treatment with different modalities chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted agents. It includes prescribing, ordering and interpretation of medical imaging and pathology. Working in the Oncology outpatient clinics 4 days a week, reviewing people on treatment and on surveillance. Attending multidisciplinary meetings to discuss care planning for our population and co-ordination of care from inpatient, to outpatient clinics and the Chemotherapy Day Unit. Assessments and decision making in the Chemotherapy Day Unit in regards to toxicity management, dose reductions, delays and difficult conversations.

Q: What do you like best about your job?

A: I love doing anything and everything I can to continue to improve my skills as a Nurse Practitioner. Reading, webinars, online learning, attending educational meetings and Cancer Nurse Practitioner Masterclasses. I love the 1:1 contact with all the people I meet and helping human beings when they are often at their most vulnerable and need guidance, understanding and support and sometimes even a hug. I enjoy all the amazing people who I am grateful to come in contact with every day in my role. I have a special interest in supportive care, oral agents and safety in the community and survivorship.

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

A: Completing my Masters. It was hard work and long hours whilst continuing to work, raising 3 active boys and studying. I managed with the support of my team.

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

A: I enjoy working with the wonderful team in Cancer services who work tirelessly to care for the population of the Mornington Peninsula who have a cancer diagnosis.

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

A: I enjoy stirring my three boys up and having a laugh, exploring the Mornington Peninsula and attending live music events