• Nurses in charge ‘wow’ guests at final presentations

    On 2 June, the first group of Nurses undertaking Resthaven’s Leadership Capability Development Program – In Charge Nurse officially graduated, with Resthaven Executives and Managers ‘blown away’ by their final reflections on their learning and development from the program.

    Silence Matenhire, a Registered Nurse at Resthaven Mitcham, had colleagues smiling and nodding as she recounted the ways in which the program had benefited her.

    ‘I’ve learned that leadership is not just about giving instructions, but listening – and listening properly,’ she said.

    ‘My team come to me more often, as they know I will listen to them, and we are resolving any issues much more easily.’

    ‘My husband is also surprised that I now stop what I’m doing and listen to him!’

    Bobbie, a Resthaven Marion RN, spoke of the confidence she gained through the course to be an effective leader to her care team.

    ‘I never used to speak up when I saw a way things could be improved – I was too scared of upsetting people.’

    ‘This course gave me the confidence to be more assertive, which has really improved my leadership style, and the communication within my care team.’

    Senior Manager, Residential Services, Kelly Geister, said, ‘The presentations from the nurse leadership participants today were just “wow.”’

    Tina Emery, Executive Manager Residential Services, agreed with this sentiment, adding, ‘The presentations were inspiring, as the nurses spoke about how much they had developed their knowledge.’

    Other guests echoed Tina’s sentiments, with Executive Manager, Governance and Workforce Development, Wendy Morey, saying, ‘It just goes to show the value of this course, and the way in which Resthaven Nurses have made the most of this leadership development opportunity.’

    ‘The course commenced in February, and has exceeded all expectations. We are already thinking about how we can can’t wait to run it again.’

    ‘It is specifically tailored to provide nurses with the leadership skills they need to ensure the delivery of high quality services to older people in a residential aged care setting.’

    ‘It includes two nationally recognised skill sets (‘Team Leader,’ and ‘Key Management’), for which participants receive a certificate upon completion.’

    ‘Participation in the course counts towards the annual requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in supporting their nursing registration. It can also be used as recognition of prior learning in other courses.’

    ‘This course reflects the Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) framework that Resthaven is committed to.’

    Tina is excited by the positive changes the course has facilitated, saying, ‘This year’s participants are looking forward to taking the skills they have learned back to their respective Resthaven sites.’

    ‘Congratulations to the Nurses in charge alumni for 2016!’