Greace Loh, a mother-of-three has spent the past three years juggling full-time work at Mercy Hospital’s Operating Suite with her studies at ECU, and is one of only ten people Australia-wide to receive a $2,500 grant which supports the professional development of senior nurses.
Grace said that after completing her graduate diploma in Health and Aged Care Management last year, she felt more confident in her management role and was looking forward to furthering her leadership skills in the future.
“I felt like I needed to up-skill in certain areas, because while I had extensive experience in nursing I didn’t have the experience in a leadership role and I really wanted to improve my management skills,” she said.
“I think the grants are a fantastic initiative by both Catholic Health Australia and Australia Catholic University, because they are rewarding Australian nurses for doing the extra training to successfully move into leadership positions.
“I just want to thank my family for all their support and understanding as I’ve completed my studies, as well as my colleagues and the managers at Mercy Hospital who have been an amazing source of encouragement.”
Grace, who has been working at Mercy Hospital for ten years, is also taking part in the Catherine McAuley Award - a 12 month program which aims to help women develop their leadership abilities and career goals.
MercyCare CEO Chris Hall said Grace was a fantastic asset to Mercy Hospital’s leadership team and her commitment to improving her leadership and management abilities was to be admired.
Catholic Health Australia and Australia Catholic University’s Nurse and Midwifery Unit Manager Professional Development Grant is available to senior nurses and midwives working in Catholic health and aged care services.