Earlier this year, we celebrated the wonderful contribution of our midwifery and nursing teams as part of International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day.

As part of our celebrations we held the annual Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Nursing & Midwifery Awards. The award categories are:


Jessie McPherson Director Clinical Services, Jennine Harbrow highlighted how the importance of a strong Education Team cannot be underestimated and how we are so lucky at Jessie McPherson to be supported by this incredible team of highly skilled nurses and midwives.

Whether it is out on the floor or behind the scenes, the Clinical Education Team work hard to support the clinical staff in providing safe, high-quality patient care and achieve excellent patient outcomes across all clinical areas.

In addition to education and training relating to clinical skills and knowledge, the Education Team is crucial to the wellbeing of our various teams – the support and encouragement they give to our nursing and midwifery staff is so important during the challenging moments we often face as clinicians.

Aside from the huge array of annual mandatory education and training our teams must complete, some of the education initiatives of note around the hospital this year have included:

  • Implementation of the education program supporting the transition to Monash Heart Private at the Victorian Heart Hospital
  • Development of the Cardiac High Dependency Unit (HDU) course
  • Stream-lining and development of midwifery education
  • Managing the introduction of the Eve App
  • Introduction of the Cardiac Monitoring and Telemetry courses
  • Development of the novice, intermediate and advanced Neurosciences courses
  • The incredible support they give to our graduate nurses and midwives, and the growing number of postgraduate students currently undertaking Masters programs in wards 31 South, 51 South and Monash Heart Private.

They are all excellent clinicians, inspiring leaders and a tremendous team to work with.  On behalf of everyone at Jessie McPherson thank you and congratulations to all the Clinical Education Team members who have supported our teams in the last 12 months; Courtney, Sifundo, Mark, Rachel, Sher, Sarah, Ranmali, Monica, Wendy, Amy and Jane.

The Education team was thrilled to receive the Team of the Year 2023 Award. Acting Education Manager, Jane Donaldson had the following to say:

“It has been a huge year of education and training across the organisation, and the Education team has worked tirelessly to ensure that all staff have the skills and knowledge required to meet the many challenges and changes they have faced.

Education is not only a key component of safe, high-quality patient care, it is also central to staff wellbeing.  We have all been through a very challenging few years, and the education team provided both practical support at the bedside, and also crucial emotional support and encouragement during the difficult moments we faced as clinicians working through a pandemic.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the broader Jessie McPherson team – your willingness to undertake education and training; flex with change; and your engagement with all of the education initiatives we have presented this year is a credit to the organisation and is why Jessie McPherson is able to provide such excellent care to the patients that trust us to look after them.

This award is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and contributions made by current and past educators so I would like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to Amy, Mark, Wendy, Sifundo, Monica, Sarah, Ranmali, Rachel, Sher and Courtney.  You are incredible clinicians, leaders and role models and it has been a huge privilege to be a part of such an amazing team while Amy has been away on maternity leave.”

Congratulations to the Clinical Education Team!

Pictured: Acting Education Manager Jane Donaldson with Jennine Harbrow, Director Clinical Services


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