With 47 years of experience in hospital and health care services, Glynda Summers is thriving as the executive director of nursing and midwifery at Queensland Health, part of the state of Queensland. In her position, she is responsible for providing clinical and business advice for the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical systems within the E-Health program in Queensland, specifically the integrated electronic medical records program (ieMR). She also holds a substantive role as the executive director of nursing and midwifery for Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, where she is accountable for the professional leadership, coordination and direction of nursing services across 33 facilities.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Summers held a variety of other senior and executive positions in Queensland Health around the state, including director of nursing for Rockhampton Base Hospital, district manager for Fraser Coast District Health Services, district manager for Tablelands District Health Service, and senior project officer for Capital Works. She also served as the executive director of nursing for Redcliffe Caboolture Health Service District. Ms. Summers enjoys working in executive positions, as she feels it allows her to do more for both the patients and the staff.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Summers received a personal invitation to the 2013 World Executive Forum in Montreal as a discussion leader, is an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association, and earned the position of adjunct associate professor in the school of nursing, midwifery and nutrition at James Cook University. She considers her greatest accomplishment, however, to be the transformation of nursing services from a centralized system to a decentralized system which empowered the staff. This system has been maintained since 2003. As a woman in today’s world, Ms. Summers attributes her success to her broad experience, dedication, persistence, vision, and ability to motivate others. Further, she has strong innovation skills and a passion for what she does.
Ms. Summers prepared for her career by earning a master’s degree in public policy from the University of New England in 1997, a master’s degree in health administration from the University of New South Wales in 1991, a Bachelor of Arts, and a diploma of administration. To stay on top of developments in her field, she maintains affiliation with a number of organizations, including the Association of Queensland Nursing Leaders, Queensland Health Opportunities, Health Information Australasia, and Australia College Health Service Managers. Ms. Summers feels she has benefited greatly from the support and networking opportunities these associations offer. If she could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to have a dream and stick to it, while also being open to opportunities.
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