Dubbo Health Service has introduced a Transitional Nurse Practitioner Endoscopist (TNPE).
The TNPE will be trained to perform elective screening and diagnostic Colonoscopy / Gastroscopy.
The TNPE is an experienced registered nurse trained to perform endoscopy under the supervision of a Specialist Consultant. This training of a nurse is an important part of improving our Health Care System.
Christal Ayton was appointed to train over the next two years to become a fully qualified nurse endoscopist. She has worked in the Perioperative suite for almost 27 years. Christal has chosen the clinical path for her career. She has a Diploma in Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assisting and a Masters in Nursing-Perioperative Care.
Dubbo Health Service, Manager of Theatre & Perioperative Services, Liz Murphy said, “This will be an excellent addition to the services we provide at Dubbo Health Service”.
The TNPE will be trained to the same level of skill as is expected of medical endoscopists. The Nurse Endoscopist leads all aspects of the patient care from assessment through to performing the endoscopy and patient follow-up. They work closely with the specialist surgeon and patients are referred on to a surgeon as required.
“Part of Christal’s job will also require her to provide care to patients and education to other nurses”. Liz said.
The nurse endoscopist will perform elective gastroscopy and colonoscopy for screening patients and as a diagnostic procedure. Early diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancers is key to improving health outcomes and preventing people dying from cancer.
Having a specially trained nurse performing endoscopy, especially colonoscopies means real benefits to patients and public health services. The benefits of having a nurse endoscopist are that specialist surgeons and physicians can be freed up to provide more complex care and surgery leaving the screening and diagnostic procedure to the qualified nurse endoscopist. This will reduce the waiting time and improve access to services for patients.
“I am privileged to be training as a TNPE” Christal said. “There is currently 6 other Nurse Endoscopists in Australia”.
“My appreciation extends to Debbie Bickerton, who was instrumental in the implementation of this role in a regional hospital. A debt of gratitude to Dr Dean Fisher, the Clinical Supervisor for his mentorship and support”.
“I am looking forward to providing the Nurse Practitioner Endoscopist service in Dubbo and potentially the wider WNSWLHD region and hopefully inspire other nurses to follow the same clinical path”.
Dr Dean Fisher – Specialist Consultant , Christal’s Clinical Supervisor, Christal Ayton TNPE, & Liz Murphy, Manager of Theatres & Perioperative Services DHS. ( Christel’s Manager)