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April 2015

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Peter Tregaskis packed in a busy life during his nurse practitioner candidacy.

Alfred nurse practitioner a first

Peter Tregaskis is the first nurse practitioner in Australia to be endorsed in peritoneal dialysis.

No stranger to The Alfred’s busy dialysis unit, Mr Tregaskis has worked as a peritoneal dialysis coordinator since 2010.

In 2013, he enrolled in the nurse practitioner program.

Alfred Health deputy director of renal dialysis, Dr Solomon Menahem, agreed to support him as medical mentor.

Mr Tregaskis looks back at the two years it took to complete his nurse practitioner candidacy with wonder.

‘It is difficult to put into words just how busy I was back then.

‘It was a craziest of times, combining all my NP work plus completing my master’s degree as well as organising my wedding.

‘What was I thinking?’

The future of the renal dialysis unit at The Alfred is exciting.

Mr Tregaskis is involved in a pilot tele-health program and other unit-based projects that support the care of people on peritoneal dialysis.

He also visits patients needing assistance closer to home.

In addition to patient care, a nurse practitioner’s expanded responsibilities include limited prescribing of medications, admitting and discharging patients, ordering diagnostic and laboratory testing and referring patients to specialists.