How an online Masters can help progress your career

It is becoming all too clear that further study strengthens an individual’s career potential. We only need to look as far as our own student cohort at Southern Cross University and their outstanding achievements to see evidence of this.

SCU Online graduate Belynda Abbott currently works as a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Her role is to provide clinical expertise, education and consultancy to staff and patients within the Neurosciences unit and across her organisation.

Last time we spoke to Belynda, she was receiving excellent grades and managing all her commitments around study. Here’s how she’s since been able to progress her career and professional development through online study.


Belynda Abbott, Master of Healthcare Leadership graduate

You’ll gain the right skills

By doing a Masters degree in healthcare leadership, Belynda was able to better understand research and the role it plays in clinical settings. She has become confident in her own ability to write research and initiate projects that aim for positive health outcomes.

“I feel confident to be able to write research articles and start up a project to research areas that potentially could assist with optimal patient care or enhance job satisfaction,’ says Belynda.

“I feel confident talking amongst interdisciplinary team members – I am able to articulate common goals and directions required for patient care, with an underlying understanding of a wider and global perspective within the organisation.“

Belynda has seen a significant improvement in her leadership skills, which have helped her grow and develop her own leadership style.

“I have been able to reflect and gain a strong understanding of my own leadership style by completing my Master’s degree. I was able to develop my own leadership competency framework, in order to further develop and grow as a healthcare leader.“

You’ll make a real impact in your workplace

The knowledge and skills that Belynda has gained throughout her degree has enabled her to make a bigger contribution to her workplace. Belynda has represented the hospital and presented her first research project while completing her final Masters unit. This has given her the confidence to apply more of what she’s learnt into her role.

“After I completed the Graduate Studies Project unit, I have gained the confidence to go ahead and write up my own research in preparation for publication,” she says.

“I have also informally done some work around mentorship, development and succession management of Clinical Nurses to build a stronger leadership capacity within the organisation.”

By undertaking the units Strategic Health Management, Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability and Leadership and Management in Health, Belynda has also gained a deeper understanding of the governance frameworks and the steps that are required to successfully transition into a ‘digital hospital’. This has been particularly relevant for her, working at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

You’ll start kicking career goals

Belynda believes that the Master of Healthcare Leadership helped her achieve ambitious career goals, enabling her to start making headway in her field and within the hospital she works for.

“I have recently been appointed to a Clinical Nurse Consultant role, after eight years as a Nurse Educator. This position will continue to strengthen my knowledge and skills as a leader within healthcare.”

Find out more about the online Master of Healthcare Leadership or for a more detailed discussion, reach to our Enrolment team on 1300 589 882.

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The benefits of studying your Masters in healthcare

Hi, my name is Belynda Abbott. I am the Clinical Nurse Consultant on Ward 2C Neurosciences, in the Division of Surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane.

What skills have you developed throughout the course?
I have been able to reflect and gain a strong understanding of my own leadership style by completing my Master’s degree. I was able to develop my own leadership competency framework, in order to further develop and grow as a healthcare leader.

I‘ve also developed my own online professional portfolio with the help of the Healthcare Professional Portfolio unit. This is essential within a digital age and has helped me with applying for and obtaining jobs. I have also assisted others whom I mentor to develop their own professional portfolio.

Has the course helped you achieve your goals?
I thoroughly enjoy being able to provide leadership and role modelling to others that are coming up within the healthcare field. I’ve recently been appointed into a Clinical Nurse Consultant role, after eight years as a Nurse Educator. This position will continue to strengthen my knowledge and skills as a leader within healthcare.

What skills and knowledge gaps has this course filled?
By doing a Masters in healthcare leadership, I have been able to bridge my knowledge gap around research. I feel confident to be able to write research articles and start up a project to research areas that potentially could assist with optimal patient care.

I feel confident talking amongst interdisciplinary team members – I am able to articulate common goals and directions required for patient care, with an underlying understanding of a wider and global perspective within the organisation.

Has this degree helped you make a bigger contribution to your workplace?
I feel that the Master of Healthcare Leadership has helped me make a bigger contribution to my workplace. I have since represented the hospital and presented my first research project around Nurse Teaching Rounds at the ACN National Nurse Forum in October last year.

After I completed the Graduate Studies Project unit, I have gained the confidence to go ahead and write up my own research in preparation for publication.

I have also informally done some work around mentorship, development and succession management of Clinical Nurses to build a stronger leadership capacity within the organisation.