Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Emma Howell

Emma works as a Nurse Practitioner Candidate in Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department. She incorporates informed decision making, evaluation of practice, the implementation of therapeutic practices and direct collaboration with specialty units.

We spoke with Emma to learn more about her role and her experience working at Peninsula Health.

Q. What is your current role?
A. Nurse Practitioner Candidate in the Frankston Hospital Emergency Department

Q. How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?
A. I’m now in my 18th year working at Peninsula Health. I started my graduate year in 2004 and my full-time job in the Emergency Department in 2005.

Q. What do you do in your day-to-day role?
A. I work under the guidance of a consultant in the Emergency Department assessing and examining patients in my scope. In my role as a Nurse Practitioner Candidate, I order diagnostic tests, diagnosing injuries, illness and disease. I can then commence treatment for the patient.

One of my favourite parts of my role is educating patients about their illness or injury, so that they understand exactly what is going on with their bodies. Whilst doing all of this, I enjoy working as a team with my colleagues so each patient that presents to the ED has the best experience they can have.

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Learning something different every day. I also like working with a great team.

Q. Working in the Emergency Department must be challenging, how do you manage your role?
A. I approach each day as a new day. If I have a stressful/ challenging day, I may debrief in the car with another team member/ friend then leave all the stress in the car and start the next day fresh for the new challenge.

Q. What is one stand-out moment or highlight from working at Peninsula Health?
A. Being accepted into the Nurse Practitioner Candidate Program. It has been my goal for a long time, so finally reaching my goal is really exciting. I’m loving the steep learning curve and all the new responsibilities that come with the candidacy.

Q. What do you like to do outside of work?
A. Spend quality time with my family and friends. I love to camp/caravan exploring Australia with my family, exercise, crochet and draw.

Q. Why would you recommend Peninsula Health as a place to work?
A. Peninsula Health is a great place to work. There are always new opportunities to learn and grow and most people are supportive and encouraging in challenging situations. We are a friendly crew that love to meet and encourage new staff members and watch the flourish.