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  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Amar Singh

    Amarpreet Singh is a Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health, who won the Award of Excellence (General) at our Virtual Graduate Nurse Ceremony earlier this year.

    Name: Amarpreet (Amar) Singh

    Role: Registered Nurse

    Q: Congratulations on all your achievements over the past 12 months. What does winning the Award of Excellence (General) mean to you?

    A: I feel genuinely honoured to be able to represent the graduate cohort through this award. While I am grateful for the credit that I am given, I want to turn the spotlight on the other graduates who have also made it through the year. I also want to show my gratitude to the educators and the senior employees who have led by example and have nurtured us to fit our shoes as fully-fledged registered nurses. 

    Q: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone across the health service, and particularly so for grad ...
  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Wendy Schinz

    Wendy Schinz is a Registered Mental Health Nurse at Peninsula Health, who won the Award of Excellence (Mental Health) at our Virtual Graduate Nurse Ceremony earlier this year.

    Name: Wendy Schinz

    Role: Registered Mental Health Nurse

    Q: Congratulations on all your achievements over the past 12 months. What does winning the Award of Excellence (Mental Health) mean to you?

    A: Being a mature age graduate, winning this award has shown that with hard work and dedication, we can strive for excellence in any field that we choose, no matter our age. It was also very nice to be recognised for my hard work and commitment to Mental Health.

    Q: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone across the health service, and particularly so for grad nurses like yourself. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced?

    A: One of the many challenges working during COVID was having to ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Bethany Clarebrough

    Bethany Clarebrough is a Graduate Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health.

    Name: Bethany Clarebrough

    Role: Registered Nurse

    Stream: Graduate Nurse Program

    Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

    A: I had the amazing opportunity to work at Peninsula Health as a RUSON (Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing) throughout the second and third years of my Bachelor of Nursing degree. Additionally, I was lucky enough to have almost 20 weeks of placements at Peninsula Health. Given this, Frankston Hospital felt like a second home to me while studying! From the very first day, I felt like I was valued and treated like an important member of the team. I love the culture of inclusivity, respect, and compassion at Peninsula Health, and I feel privileged to be a part of the incredible team. 

    Q: What has been a highlight of your graduate ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Lizette Gerryts

    Lizette Gerryts is a Graduate Registered Nurse on ward 5FN at Peninsula Health.

    Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

    A: I’ve grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and when I decided to pursue nursing back in high school, I saw myself working at Frankston Hospital giving back to my community. Since that time, the decision to start my nursing career at Peninsula Health has evolved to consider things such as support, specialties, career growth and the right environment to be nurtured into the nurse I want myself to be. I did all my placements at Peninsula Health and it felt like the natural progression to work here as a nurse. Most of all it felt like Peninsula Health was the right fit for me at the right time.

    Q: What has been a highlight of ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Jade Robinson

    Jade shares her experiences of when she was a nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

    Q: What was the best thing about the M@P program?

    A: The M@P program provided continuity of learning opportunities for me during my undergraduate studies. As I was guaranteed to have all of my clinical placements within the same health organisation, I was able to understand and easily use the documentation, medication charts and online systems within my first placement. This allowed me to redirect my focus on learning new clinical skills and critical thinking from day one of every placement. The ratio of clinical facilitator to students is immensely beneficial, you aren’t just another number or student to them. They really get to know you and are able to guide you through as your develop your clinical skills and confidence.

    Q: What was the clinical facilitator support like?

    A: You couldn’t ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Tessa Slinger

    Tessa shares her experiences of when she was a nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

    Q: What was the best thing about the M@P program?

    A: Having the same facilitators throughout my placements, has allowed me to grow more as a student nurse, as I was able to form good relationships with them. This helped me become more comfortable in asking questions and for guidance as they began to understand my strengths and weaknesses over time and in turn build on them to enable me to become a better nurse.

    Q: What was the clinical facilitator support like?

    A: From my experience, all my facilitators were easily contactable during any time of the day, for help with a clinical skill or just someone to debrief with.  They were approachable and were regularly on the wards checking in on you. The support was encouraging and valuable to my experience and ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Joshua Hermans

    Josh is a final year registered nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

    When he’s not on placement, Josh works for Peninsula Health as a RUSON (Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing), supporting our ward staff with patient care.

    Q: What’s the best thing about being in the M@P program?

    A: The M@P program was highly beneficial for the development of my nursing practice as it offered the opportunity to experience repeated placements under one organisation with endless support and guidance. One of the best things about the program was the support and the freedom to preference a particular area for acute placements where timetables were extremely flexible. 

    Q: How has the experience of being a RUSON helped your learning?

    A: The RUSON role has helped develop my confidence in my nursing practice and has provided a greater understanding of the day to day operations of a public health organisation. 

    Q: ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Simone Artico

    Intensive Care Unit registered nurse Simone Artico opens up on her experience of postgraduate studies. 

    Name: Simone Artico

    Job Title: Registered Nurse

    Postgraduate stream: Intensive Care Unit

    Institution studied with: Monash University

    Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies?

    A: Well it was more that I was highly, highly encouraged to upskill! I hadn't actually considered postgraduate studies as I held many reservations after being only months out of my grad year and the prospect of studying again was eh! daunting, plus - did I even know enough to pull postgraduate studies off? I'd seen what those postgraduate studies students go through and I was still trying to consolidate knowledge learned from undergrad, so this next step seemed mighty ambitious.

    Q: Can you describe a part of your course when you remember having that ‘lightbulb’ moment?

    A: Not as yet! I'm still in the throes of information overload, fighting with my memory ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Jacob Cardenas

    Emergency nurse Jacob Cardenas is consolidating his learning and skills through postgraduate studies. 

    Name: Jacob Cardenas

    Job Title: Emergency Care Registered Nurse

    Postgraduate stream: Emergency

    Institution studied with: Monash University

    Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies?

    A: I’ve always had a passion for wanting to help others and give back to our community through Emergency Nursing. Ever since I completed the Graduate Nursing Program with Peninsula Health, I have been inspired to progress my career in the direction of post graduate studies in Emergency Nursing. The nature of the department is unique, controlled chaos that is unparalleled than any other specialty.

    Q: Can you describe a part of your course when you remember having that ‘lightbulb’ moment?

    A:  The first time I assisted with a Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI) was my ‘lightbulb’ moment. Considering how critically unwell the patient was I realised how empowering my skillset and contribution was to the overall outcome of ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Casey Johnson

    Registered nurse Casey Johnson believes nursing is a career which offers endless opportunities to personally and professionally grow. 

    Name: Casey Johnson

    Job Title: Registered Nurse

    Postgraduate stream: Intensive Care Stream

    Institution studied with: Monash University

    Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies? A: Since commencing my career in nursing I have strived to further my skills and knowledge base, as I’m a true believer that every day we can learn something new, particularly in this evolving profession. Florence Nightingale herself once said “let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… we must be learning all of our lives”.

    I remember commencing in Intensive Care as a Graduate Nurse being in awe of the skill and knowledge of the CCRN’s. Some in particular really motivated and inspired me to commence post graduate studies and have shaped my nursing practise forever. I aspire to be the approachable, supportive ...