INTRODUCING JENNY MORRIS…
Having trained as a Registered Nurse at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Jenny has been nursing for more years than she is willing to admit to!! Teaching the nurses in the schools below you was an integral part of life as a student nurse and was instrumental in her passion for facilitating learning opportunities for others.
While clinical teaching (undergrads, overseas and return to nursing students) for Victoria University (VU) she continued her ‘one shift a week’ in Emergency at Williamstown. Agreement having been reached between the hospital and VU that students could make up time with Jenny on her weekend shift in Emergency – students were impressed that she could actually ‘walk the talk’! During this time VU encouraged their CT’s to gain tertiary education qualifications and Jenny completed her Grad. Dip. Education (Nursing).
Jenny went on to co-ordinate undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for what was then North Western Health, 6 hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Western and Northern Hospitals.
The time had come for Werribee Mercy to have its own ‘Education Unit’, this having been previously co-ordinated from Mercy Hospital for Women and Jenny was delighted to be given the task of developing up this unit. During these 4 years, Jenny wanted to gain qualifications that would enable her to gain a senior role in ‘general management’ and thus began her Master of Business – Human Resource Management journey.
The lure of managing education for Melbourne Health was too great and she made the transition back
to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she and the team kicked ‘numerous goals’! She then moved to Freemasons Hospital managing education for the experience of being on the Senior Management Team where she was introduced to many new concepts! With Epworth taking over Freemasons Hospital the general management roles that she had aspired to…. where no longer.
Her decision to make the transition from acute to aged care and subsequent learning curve was HUGE but one that she has thoroughly enjoyed and embraced over the last 8 years. She initially worked as a Residence Manager and for the last 3 or so years as a Regional Manager with a special interest in workforce planning and workplace culture often in the leadup to accreditation. Having implemented FISH! in her first residence, she was delighted to find that FISH! had a very prominent profile when she moved to her second organisation in aged care.
Education has remained a passion and Residence Managers were often delighted when, as a Regional Manager, she would ask if it would be possible for her to teach a component of the mandatory study days – her offer has yet to be turned down!
Jenny is passionate about FISH! – for its profound simplicity and for the difference it makes to residents and staff alike! FISH!, workplace culture and workforce planning are a formidable mix!
Having gained her ‘accredited training provider’ status, Jenny would welcome the opportunity to go FISHING! with you and / or your staff!