Education serves as one of the most important foundations of any society. It leads to innovation and positive change in the community, while helping grow our next generation of professionals.
The Bruce Mackenzie Fellowship is one of Holmesglen's commitments to increasing learning potential in the field. It is awarded annually and presented to a Holmesglen staff member. This year, Andree Gamble, the Holmesglen Bachelor of Nursing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Coordinator, was presented with the honour.
The fellowship, named after Holmesglen's former Chief Executive, will allow Andree to build her skills in the area of simulation-based education. Through the $30,000 investment, she will have the opportunity to travel to the USA and UK to attend simulation conferences, and meet key medical and educational figures. The visits will help Andree to deliver the best study experiences to her students and contribute to the Institute's aim of becoming a leader in health education.
"The public view us as a really trustworthy profession. We want our students to appreciate from the start that nursing is a profession, not just a vocation. They need the knowledge and the skills, but they also need the professionalism," she says.
Holmesglen's specialised health precinct at the Moorabbin campus includes a modern training space and the Holmesglen Private Hospital, which opened in early 2017. Andree believes these facilities, coupled with her Fellowship support, will only benefit students.
"Having somewhere we can send our students and somewhere Healthscope staff can come and [receive] some education is important."
Nursing is an industry that requires compassion and support. This is reflected in the training stage. Holmesglen enjoys working relationships with industry partners such as Epworth Healthcare, Ramsay Health Care and Healthscope. The aim is to create confident graduates.
"Our students are always seen as very well prepared academically and very professional. Nursing is a teaching role. I often spend hours with students just providing support," Andree says.