In this insightful article, Avril Stroh gives us a glimpse into the world of training and development at Medi-Clinic. This organisation has a established a culture of learning and has had great success from the implementation of orientation and mentorship programmes. Avril also shares the steps they follow for training programme development.
by Avril Stroh
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Avril Stroh (RN B.Sc. and B Com.) is the General Manager: Training at Medi-Clinic. She trained as a nurse at the Johannesburg hospital from 1980 – 1984 and obtained a BSc Nursing through the University of the Witwatersrand in 1984. She has completed the following post-graduate diplomas:
Operating Theatre Nursing Science
Avril completed a B.Com degree through UNISA in 1998, majoring in Industrial Psychology, Business Management and Economics. She worked at the Johannesburg hospital until 1988 and then joined Medi-Clinic as a theatre nurse. She progressed to management in the theatre and then changed direction to become an educator in Medi-Clinic. In 2004, she became the manager of nursing education in Medi-Clinic and was recently promoted to General Manager of training.
Medi-Clinic Medi-Clinic is a dynamic organisation in the private health care sector which has over fifty hospitals, situated in Southern Africa, the Middle East and Switzerland.
Medi-Clinic is a dynamic organisation in the private health care sector, which has over 50 hospitals situated in Southern Africa, the Middle East and Switzerland. One of the fastest growing departments in Medi-Clinic is the learning and development department. The nursing training is well established already and the department is committed to bringing the non-nursing training to the fore. The department prides itself on the wide range of nursing programmes offered. Currently a range of over 50 different nursing programmes are offered.
Formal nursing programmes commenced in 1984, but a decision was made in 1997 to expand, and our numbers of learners on formal nursing programmes have increased rapidly in line with the needs of the company. Student numbers on formal programmes have increased from 51 in 2000 to 1 200 in 2009. First-year learners are made up of Grade 12 school leavers and the numbers have increased from 23 in 2000 to 211 in 2009.