Skills exchange will develop better nursing care


The nursing care of people in hospital and aged care homes will be enhanced by a partnership program of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Catholic Health Australia (CHA) that will see senior nurses undergo professional development programs in Catholic hospitals and aged care homes spread across the country.

The first ten recipients of the ACU-CHA Nurse and Midwifery Unit Manager Professional Development Grant Program were announced this week by ACU Dean of Health Sciences Prof Michelle Campbell and CHA CEO Martin Laverty.

“We’ve targeted support for Nurse and Midwifery Unit Managers to be able to spend time in like facilities within the Catholic hospital and aged care network, gaining insights into how other units are run,” Prof Campbell said.

Mr Laverty said the program seeks to foster greater cooperation and collaboration across Catholic organisations.

It’s a product of the terrific partnership of the ACU and the many Catholic hospitals and aged care homes who’ve chosen to take part,” Mr Laverty said.

The announcement of the first 10 professional development grants of $2,500 follows the publication of last year's CHA Nursing and Midwifery Project report which recommended a focus on providing professional development options for senior nurses and midwives.

The CHA Nursing and Midwifery Project pointed to the need to provide nurse and midwifery unit managers with time out from their busy workloads to allow them to build their skills. The generosity of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the ACU will allow that to happen,” Mr Laverty said.

Ten Nurse Unit Managers will undergo their professional development programs in the coming months, with a further ten to be awarded in March 2012. The successful recipient’s activities involve visits to other CHA network facilities in order for skills exchange and development to occur.

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