Q&A with Dave Levings, Master of Healthcare Leadership student

With the support of his workplace during his Graduate Certificate, Master of Healthcare student Dave Levings is making significant progress in his nursing career at a public sector hospital in Queensland. Read more about how he is making a bigger contribution to the hospital and within his team.

What value will your new knowledge and skills bring to the hospital?

With my newly learned skills, I can become a leader that understands the nature and implications of the changes that are ongoing in modern healthcare settings. With this in mind, I hope to be able to develop effective strategies to deal more effectively with these changes as they occur, with a particular emphasis on direct patient care.

How did your colleagues support you?

I was supported more by my immediate line manager, who allowed me offline time one day a week to study. I also was part of a small study group of colleagues – we got together and discussed our perspectives on the course content, listened to each other and asked questions. This has helped me develop a wide variety of different viewpoints on the same idea.

How has this course enabled you to make a bigger contribution to your hospital and team?

My learnings have enabled me to expand my knowledge of critical thinking and with this in mind, I feel I have developed better ways to problem solve. I have also focussed more on reflective practice and self-reflection. I have transferred some of my newly learned skills to other team members and I feel this has aligned the team within the context of lifelong and reflective learning.

I have transferred some of my newly learned skills to other team members and I feel this has aligned the team within the context of lifelong and reflective learning.

How did you find balancing online study with your full-time job?

This was quite difficult at first, but as time went on and I became more efficient with my time management skills and things became a little easier. I consciously allocated a set amount of time each day to study, generally away from distraction – this seemed to work.

Would you recommend other hospital staff to study the MHL?

I would encourage others to study MHL because the subjects are very relevant to those leaders that are employed in the modern healthcare setting. There are several research-based subjects within the course and given that research is an area that is gaining significant momentum particularly within the domain of evidence-based practice, the skills associated with this knowledge are highly desirable and advantageous when leading a dynamic team within a clinical unit.

To find out more about the online Master of Healthcare Leadership and how your learning can make a positive impact on your healthcare career, reach to our Enrolment team on 1300 589 882. If you’re an employer, get in touch with our Partnerships Manager to discuss learning and development opportunities in your workplace.