Keeping the faith: nurses and vaccination advice

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is reminding the nursing profession of how highly Australians respect their advice and of their obligation to provide unbiased clinical evidence to enable patients to make their own informed decision. “Nurses are viewed as the most ethical and honest profession in Australia, and we are very proud of the…

Celebrating Nurses Being Bold For Change

Celebrating Nurses Being Bold For Change International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the significant changes nursing practice and the nursing workforce have undergone and implemented. “This year’s theme is #BeBoldforChange and the nursing profession has a proud history of being bold to achieve change that improves patient health and safety,” Australian College…

Australian Healthcare Week: Nurses’ role in reform

The central role nurses have in ensuring the health care system and workforce can keep pace with growing demands and technological change is being recognised at Australian Healthcare Week. From 8-10 March, Australian Healthcare Week brings together over 2,000 health professionals to discuss shifts in the healthcare landscape. In particular, attendees will focus on addressing…

Reform benefits must be maximised

The major reform in funding for home care services which starts today, has the potential to improve quality and choice for older Australians – as long as the transition process is effectively managed. “Flexibility, including portability, will be the big wins for consumers,” Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward commended.…

Nurses can help close the gap

While today’s Closing the Gap report shows some positive signs, particularly in terms of reduced rates of smoking and infant mortality, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) continues to be concerned about the significant disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face in regard to health outcomes. “Since its inception, the Closing the Gap campaign…

Honouring our brave colleagues

Nurses have a proud, selfless and heroic history of military service, both in times of conflict and peace. “In 1902, the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) was formed when civilian nurses volunteered for wartime military service,” Australian College of Nursing CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward said. Thousands of AANS nurses served overseas and at home…

Take care of self and others in heat

With hot weather taking hold across large parts of the country and expected to continue into the weekend, the Australian College of Nursing is calling on people to take precautions to protect their health. “Heat can really impact on a person if they do not take care. We ask people to be sensible in these…

The Australian College of Nursing congratulates Australian of the Year Awards recipients

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) congratulates Australia’s Local Hero, Vicki Jellie, the Young Australian of the Year, Paul Vasileff, the Senior Australian of the Year, Sister Anne Gardiner AM, and the Australian of the Year, Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim. ACN CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN said, “On behalf of ACN’s Board, Distinguished Life…

The Australian College of Nursing thanks NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner MP for her dedication to health portfolio

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) acknowledges the retirement of NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner MP. ACN CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN said “NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner MP has shown strong leadership and dedication to the health portfolio since her appointment to the position in 2011. She took steps to improve health outcomes…