About the event
Come along and celebrate International Nurses Day. A conversation hosted by the Tasmanian Region will see Tasmania's own Chief Nurse, Adjunct Professor Francine Douce MACN interview Brent Foreman MACN the Executive Director of Nursing at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Brent is new to the role having only taken up the position in February 2022. Enjoy listening to Brent's story whilst enjoying a delicious breakfast, and celebrating being a nurse.
We also invite everyone attending to bring along one of the following to Fill a bag for a Friend to support Orange Sky, who provide services to the homeless
- Body Lotion
About the speakers
Brent Foreman RN, BHlthSc(N), MAM, MACN - Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery Tasmanian Health Services – Hospitals South
In January, Brent joined the Tasmania Health Services South team as Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery for Hospitals South. Brent describes himself as a data-driven, outcome-focused staff and patient advocate who believes that delivering world-class patient outcomes starts with ensuring frontline teams are supported, empowered, and provided with the tools they need to develop themselves and improve their care.
Brent holds an advanced nursing diploma from Humber College in Toronto, a certificate in emergency nursing from George Brown College, a bachelor of health science in nursing from Southern Cross University, a Master of Applied Management in healthcare from the University of Newcastle, and is a certified emergency nurse alumnus from the emergency nurses association in the USA.
Before his recent move to Australia, Brent’s career has spanned four countries: Canada, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Before moving into executive positions, he has worked across several frontline roles, including ED, ICU, flight nursing, as well as education, quality, and patient safety.
Before his current role, Brent led several portfolios across the Corporate Nursing & Midwifery Department National Health System (NHS) in Qatar, which comprised 15 hospitals and healthcare services with a nursing and midwifery workforce of over 13,000 strong. His portfolios included quality & safety, practice & policy, and education & research before moving to an operational role for two hospitals.
During this time, Brent had the opportunity to lead several large-scale initiatives to empower and professionalise the nursing and midwifery workforce and deliver world-class outcomes
support the professionalisation of nursing and midwifery, including:
- Developing and implementing the clinical governance framework for nursing and midwifery, which included the establishment of the shared governance models across the NHS
- Development of a drillable, ward to board, corporate nursing and midwifery clinical dashboard
- Standardisation of clinical care, through the establishment of clinical networks and a governing body with oversite of all clinical decision support documents
- Establishment of an education quality assurance framework for the design, delivery, and evaluation of all education programs
- Implementation of “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses & Midwives” pilot program
- Creating the corporate nursing and midwifery publication, ‘The Nurse Advocate’, showcasing the extraordinary achievements of the NHS’s nurses and midwives
Brent became a nurse to make the world better, one life at a time, and he’s never lost that focus, connecting with his purpose daily. His area of passion, and expertise, is in establishing governance and assurance frameworks that deliver person-centred care and world-leading outcomes.
Adjunct Professor Francine Douce MACN - Chief Nurse and Midwife
With more than 35 years of experience as a registered nurse and midwife, Francine is passionate about giving back to the profession as an active member of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and a Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).
In 2015, Francine completed the Global Nursing Leadership Institute at ICN, the first Tasmanian alumni for the GNLI. In October of the following year, 30 years to the day that she graduated as a registered nurse, Francine was appointed as Tasmania’s Chief Nurse and Midwife.
Francine served as a member and Chair of the Nursing Board of Tasmania/NMBA (Tas) 2005-2010, member National Council ACM 2015, Chair Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers 2017-2019, current Chair Florence Nightingale Grants and Awards Committee and was recently appointed for a second term as the International Commissioner for Pathways to Excellence with the American Nurses Credentialing Centre.
Francine has postgraduate qualifications in nursing and midwifery; Graduate Certificate Business (Public Sector Management Program) and in 2021 completed the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program.
Energy, courage and resilience have been characteristic of her professional leadership in Tasmania, nationally and more recently the international context.