Medecs Learning – Demonstrating nursing leadership in a non-nursing environment.

Ms Deborah Stone1

1Medecs Learning, Australia

Abstract

In September 2013, two colleagues met over dinner to discuss a business opportunity.  On paper the proposition looked sound: deliver accredited medication training to disability support workers in Hobart and Launceston.  A small staff pool of 3 registered nurses were appointed and in February 2014, Medecs Australia was born.  Fast forward to 2021, and a rebrand to Medecs Learning and the influence of the 13 registered nurses, 3 enrolled nurses, 1 undergraduate nurse and a medic planning to become a nurse, is seen not only across the disability sector in Tasmania, but in aged care as well as school and childcare settings.  Our training activities are wide and varied.

It is a privilege to work alongside over 80 organisations across Tasmania, assisting them to meet their training needs.  In the disability sector in particular, most services do not employ a nursing workforce.  Over the 7 years of operation our nurses have become a clinical resource for disability support workers and managers alike. Not a week will go past without a phone call or email asking for clinical advice or support.  In addition, if practices come to the attention of the trainers during training activities that are not consistent with legislation or best practice, feedback is given to the service on both the issue and recommendations for change.  These brave messages are delivered with the best outcomes for clients and staff in mind, in a supportive and respectful manner.

May we never stop influencing practice in a positive way.


Biography:

Deborah Stone has been a Registered Nurse since 1990.  Her first education role was in 1995 when she was appointed to Staff Development at the RHH.  She then held positions of Clinical Nurse Educator and later Training and Development Coordinator at Calvary Health Care Tasmania.

In 2012 Deborah commenced as a contract assessor for an RTO and left the Acute Care Sector to commence a nursing and education role in residential Aged Care.  In 2014, Medecs Australia commenced and Deborah was appointed as Managing Director.  She still works in aged care as a contract RN for Salvation Army Community Care.