Susan Pearce (Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer):
There's no question that the nurses and midwives and all of our health professionals who continue to do study during the course of their working lives do so for the specific purpose of advancing their practice, and of course the impact that that has on our patients. That is along with all of the other things that have been mentioned to you about being caring, compassionate, considerate, thoughtful, clearly being skilled and capable in your chosen profession and speciality is fundamentally important to everything that you do.
So I can't emphasise enough how important it is to continue to have a learning focus and to seek to obtain postgraduate qualifications to further assist you and of course to provide better outcomes for the patients that we treat and care for. New South Wales Health has long offered opportunities for nurses and midwives in our system regarding postgraduate studies. We are a strong supporter through scholarships and other mechanisms to assist our workforce to achieve those very important goals. Holding postgraduate qualifications is something that enables our workforce to take a step up often. It can mean advances in career. It certainly means advances in your capacity around your skill level.
Clearly all of those things are important. Nursing and midwifery, like a lot of other professions are a lifelong journey of learning and for all of us that remains the case. My own coronary care certificate, which is some years old now, was one of the most rewarding experiences of my working life and certainly added a lot to my capability back in the workplace. It's something that I place great value on. As I've said, New South Wales Health is very keen to support its workforce to obtain higher qualifications and of course to become more skilled.
Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy, and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
Indigenous Cultural Respect
Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
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