Q&A with....Warwick Howlett, RN Lavarack Barracks Medical Centre, Queensland

Before getting into primary care nursing I used to… 

be a team member in a medical ward, a charge nurse of an ICU/CCU, an on-call midwife, a quality assurance and accreditation coordinator, an educator, a matron, a director of nursing, a nursing officer in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), a husband, a father and a grandfather – in hospitals from Townsville to Alice Springs. 

I’d like to develop professionally by… 

undertaking a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). As the nurse in the primary healthcare team, I have witnessed the devolution of the traditional medical practice, to the nurse and/or the medic. This blurring of the lines, while gradual and arguably to the benefit of the patient, does sometimes leave me asking if it is a right and just thing to do. However, the knowledge and experiences I have gained during the past 30-odd years have led me to believe that