Melani Lavington – Clinical Nurse Educator

Hi Mel! Thank you for taking the time to share some insight into you and your role today. Could you start by telling us a bit about your role at Velan Health – what does your day to day job entail?

Briefing and debriefing staff, clinical reviews or concerns, admissions, interviews for prospects. As a manager for Velan Health, it is my responsibility to develop nurses who will be proud to provide care for our Veterans in our community. I do this by inspiring them, capturing their values, and growing our teams to provide an exceptional, distinctive way of working in the community that is unmatched by any other nursing provider.

How long have you worked in care / nursing?

15 years – plus AIN, EN, RN

Tell us a little about your background.

As the mother of ten children, it is my duty to provide an example that demonstrates how you may achieve your goals. When one of my children questioned why I hadn’t pursued my ambitions of being a nurse, I decided to do so. I explained to my child that it was because I was afraid of failing – but here I am. I began as a nursing assistant before enrolling to become a registered nurse, making the move to become a leader at a rural hospital and assisting in the development of new working methods.

I was a member of the team that advocated for the EN to RN pathway SCU. I rallied the support of the EN at SCU who had registered as a year-one RN, and we then switched to the first cohort of the EN to RN pathway.

I worked hard as a graduate student before developing into a valuable leader in a small rural hospital, implementing new methods of working. I played a key role in helping create the Seed project, a recognised wellness model developed after the  bushfires back in 2019-2020. You can read more about the Seed Project here and watch it in action in the video below:

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