|Advancing the practice of nurses in cancer and palliative care is a primary goal of the nursing service at Peter Mac. To further this agenda Peter Mac has committed to fostering innovative role development to advance the ability of nurses to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer. |
Roles such as the Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner, Clinician Researcher, Clinical Educator, Nurse Unit Manager (NUM), Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM), Practice Development Nurse (PDN) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) represent innovative, specialised and advanced practice (AP) roles. The Nursing Executive team at Peter Mac is committed to ongoing development and articulation of these roles and an iterative program of work is underway to define and evaluate their contribution to patient outcomes and nursing careers.
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|Advanced Nursing Practice and Nurse Led Services Forum September 2011|
|- The Development of an Organisational ANP Framework |
|- Smoking Cessation Advanced Practice Nurse Led Service |
|- Advancing Nursing Practice through Practice Development |
|- Haematology Nurse Led Service |
|- Nurse Led Services: An Evidence Based Framework |
|- Establishing Nurse Led Clinics |
|Current Advanced Practice Nurses at Peter Mac|
|Priscilla Gates APN is an advanced practice haematology nurse having worked as a Nurse Coordinator at Peter Mac for 12 years.|
In April 2008, she was supported and funded by the Leukaemia Foundation to develop and implement the role of a Haematology Late Effects Nurse Consultant and she continues in this role. Priscilla has also recently joined the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre team as Liaison Nurse for the Survivorship Care Planning Implementation Project.
Priscilla is currently enrolled in a Masters of Nursing Research at the University of Melbourne and is conducting a pilot study to test a novel, nurse-led intervention to enhance the general health status of survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma. Priscilla has a growing international profile as a leading nurse in the area of haematology late effects and has an impressive national and international conference portfolio.
|Ingrid Plueckhahn APN holds a Post Graduate Degree in Cancer Nursing and Palliative Care. She has had a variety of roles including Nurse Unit Manager, Practice Development Nurse, and currently as a Patient Services Manager and Nurse Coordinator for Smoking Cessation. Ingrid has been a Quit Victoria Health Professional Educator since 2004 and was a Quit Line specialist for 7 years. |
Ingrid’s project led the hospital to become the first Melbourne metropolitan Health Service to become Totally Smoke Free in 2007 and has provided guidance and policy assistance to several Victorian hospitals which have followed suit. She has established a nurse led Smoking Cessation Clinic where she provides assistance to quit smoking to a stream of cancer patients, family members and staff. She contributed to the writing of the NHMRC Guidelines for Lung Cancer, has been published in the Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing and has presented to several national and international cancer conferences. Ingrid is a member of the International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care, specifically on their Tobacco Task Force. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.
|Trevor Saunders APN has over 20 years of experience in cancer nursing. Working initially in radiation oncology nursing, Trevor then worked in haematology oncology for 12 years. He has been a Practice Development Nurse since 2002. Trevor completed the Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing in 1992 and Master of Nursing in 1999. He regularly presents in the Peter Mac short course program and in the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Nursing Practice. |
Trevor has led the development of a number of Peter Mac’s nursing procedures, sits on several nursing and multidisciplinary working groups and was Project Officer for the Victorian Quality Council Acute Pain Management Measurement Toolkit Implementation Project and the Peter Mac Advancing Nursing Practice Project. He was a consultant to the development of “The biology of cancer” learning resource for The National Education Framework Cancer Nursing. Trevor has previously chaired the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) Melbourne Regional Group and was recently appointed to the position of Victorian Representative on the CNSA National Executive Committee.
|Meg Rogers APN has a Masters in Cancer Nursing (2000). Meg has spent the last 26 years in cancer nursing, working both in direct patient care and management roles. She has expertise in medical oncology, haematology and apheresis and has advanced counselling skills in part developed through her work as nurse counsellor on the Cancer Help Line. She is an active member of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, working for four years on the CNSA National Executive. |
For the last eight years she has held the position of Nurse Coordinator for the GI Cancer Service at Peter Mac. Meg has an impressive record of national and international conference presentations as well as broad engagement in several state wide and national committees, such as the VCOG Gastro-Intestinal representative for CNSA and the WCMICS, GI tumour groups working group. Meg is preparing to establish and pilot test a nurse-led, end of treatment intervention for people who have completed colorectal cancer treatment.
|Donna Milne is a PhD prepared nurse who works as a senior clinician researcher at Peter Mac. Donna undertook her PhD studies with the University of Melbourne. Her study investigated patient readiness to accept, and health professional willingness to refer to palliative care services. Donna’s early oncology career began at St Vincent’s Hospital before she joined Dr Sanchia Aranda at Peter Mac to develop her career as a nurse researcher. Donna has worked for nine years in the Department of Nursing and Supportive Care Research. She has a national and international conference presentation profile and has made a substantial contribution to the National Executive Committee of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC) and the advisory group of PCGen - a collaborative project between the Australian Health Workforce Institute and the Cancer Council Victoria. |
In addition to developing her own research career, Donna led a highly successful Clinical Research Fellowship Program (CRF) and continues to support many senior nurses across the organisation to develop their own research and practice development initiatives. In 2010, Donna became the first senior nursing clinician researcher at Peter Mac, working part time in the Department of Nursing and Supportive Care Research and part time as Nurse Coordinator in the Skin and Melanoma Service.