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Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Carol Gore

Name: Carol Gore

Job title: Stroke Nurse Practitioner

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

A: Over 30 years

Q: What is your background?

A: I originally worked at The Mount Eliza Centre as a Patient Services Assistant. The Director of Nursing encouraged me to study to be a Registered Nurse. I completed my initial nursing training at Epworth Hospital and later returned to work at Peninsula Health as an ANUM. I then completed a transition to a Bachelor of Nursing Degree through Monash University. I was doing further postgraduate studies in stroke when Peninsula Health approached me to become a Nurse Practitioner Candidate. I then completed a Masters of Health Science (Stroke Management Specialisation) through the University of Newcastle. I included several specific Nurse Practitioner subjects in my study through collaboration with Monash University and was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner by AHPRA in 2012. I have been involved in several projects with the Victorian Department of Health through my work at the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network and continue to be a Conjoint Lecturer for the University of Newcastle Postgraduate and Undergraduate Stroke Courses.

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

A: I work in various subacute areas at Peninsula Health including Stroke Rehabilitation at Golf Links Road Rehab Unit 1; The Stroke Detours Program for early supported discharge; The Spasticity Clinic; and The Neurological Rehab Review Clinic. Sometimes I work in charge on a shift at Golf Links Road in a more generalist role. Typically I am meeting with patients and their families for assessment, education and support on the ward or in an outpatient clinic setting; liaising with medical and allied health clinicians regarding strategies for individual patients’ stroke recovery; checking investigation results or ordering further investigations or medications if required; making referrals to other health professionals or service providers as appropriate; attending meetings or liaising with groups to promote strategies to improve stroke management at the health service and in the community.

Q: What do you like best about your job?

A: I really appreciate the opportunity to assist people who have had a stroke and their families in the long term to help them navigate the complex journey that is stroke recovery.  I love the variety of roles that I have in my position and the ability to keep on learning from my colleagues and patients and to encourage other nurses to participate in ongoing education.

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

A: My favourite moments are seeing people walk out the door of the rehab unit when they have made an amazing recovery or when I see them again months later in an outpatient clinic.

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

A:  I enjoy spending time with my family and going on holidays anywhere with a beach.