Paul - Nurse Practitioner
Why did you decide to further your studies?
“I wanted to develop a deeper understanding of why we do what we do in healthcare, it gives you better peripheral vision when trying to work through problems at work. Every step of the way I learnt something useful. I was always impressed with Monash University through my undergraduate studies. Resources were easily accessed, evidence used to help the learning process was current and easily related back to the job. I can remember when I completed my undergrad, I felt ready to contribute. So had no hesitation in complete my studies at Monash.”
What is most challenging about undertaking further study?
“Balance, trying to juggle the expectations of work and family with the demands of a university workload.
What has been your biggest sense of achievement during your grad studies?
“The fact it was completed in the middle of a global pandemic while home schooling children. I was really worried at the start of last year that I’d be back doing another 12 months of course work to finish it off.”
Have your grad studies changed your practice?
“It really has opened my eyes to how much I don’t know and the gaps within my practice. But, in the same breath it has given me the foundation and tools to fill these gaps.”
What about the future?
“I haven’t really thought about the future to be honest. Just happy to bask in the accomplishment of a graduate degree! Ultimately, I’d like to continue to consolidate all I’ve learnt through the degree, continue to find and fill gaps in my practice and develop into a more independent and competent practitioner. I just want to keep doing this job for as long as I can, it is just an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding profession.”
…And any hints or tips for other nursing students?
“Be accountable, own up and learn from your mistakes and most importantly always tell the boss when someone feels sick”.