Author: Erica Cervini
Publication: The Australian Financial Review (Mon 29 April 2013)
Janine Loader is brimming with enthusiasm. Since she embarked on a general MBA at the Australian Catholic University in January, she gained a new focus for her work as chief nursing officer at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Melbourne.
“Going back to study does enthuse you and make you want to look at things differently,” she says.
Studying with students from different professional backgrounds, she says, encouraged her to “think outside the square” about health.
Loader, who has been a nurse for 25 years, had been thinking for a while about doing an MBA.
She had already gained postgraduate qualifications in nursing and decided it was time to branch out and learn more generic management skills, such as strategic thinking and corporate responsibility.
Her current position, which she has held for three years, involves working closely with the hospital’s chief executive and chief operating officers.
“This [the MBA] is giving me extra business skills that you wouldn’t pick up in general nursing courses,” she says.
Loader believes the MBA will advance her career. “I do hope the MBA opens doors for me so that I can take myself to the next level, which hopefully would be a general manager or chief executive position,” she says.