This strategy addresses the professional issues nurses are facing across the system – for our members and non-members. It focuses on information, upskilling, advocacy, support for nurses, health system reforms for professional practice and community awareness.
COVID-19 Nurses Support Strategy
Share your story of nursing in 2020
To capture the stories, emotion and events of this extraordinary year, we invite ACN Distinguished Life Fellows, Fellows, Members and Students to contribute to our ACN Community Digital Mosaic Wall. You can do this by uploading an image and description of you in 2020. Your unique story will be brought together with others to build this iconic image symbolising 2020. As the image grows, you’ll be able to read other nurses’ stories and learn about your colleagues’ experiences, whether they be our undergraduates through to retired nurses, our academics, clinicians, educators, researchers, managers and leaders. All our members and students makes up our profession. You each matter and your stories and pictures are worth capturing. The Community Digital Mosaic Wall is just one way we at ACN want to say thank you to all our nurses for your contributions to this unprecedented year. The opportunity to be involved is offered exclusively to ACN members and students on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to enter your story and image shortly to avoid missing out on being part of a historic initiative.
View past COVID-19 webinars
As part of our COVID-19 Nurses Support Strategy we are offering a series of webinars to support nurses during this unprecedented time. Among others, the webinars will provide you with tools to manage your well-being and will share insights into the response to COVID-19 in Victoria. The educational webinars can be counted towards your CPD hours. Follow the links below to view the recordings.
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Register for the Nurses’ Buddy Hub to give or receive support
In these unprecedented times it is more important than ever that we support each other.
We have launched the Nurses’ Buddy Hub to allow nurses around the country to offer support to their colleagues on the COVID-19 frontline. If you would like to give back to the profession you can volunteer as a Nurse Buddy.
If you are in need of support during this challenging time, you can register as a Nurse Buddee to be connected with a Nurse Buddy that can lend an ear and provide advice on topics like:
- promoting self-care and wellness
- dealing with challenges in the workplace
- coping with mental health
- navigating undergraduate life.
Access to the Nurses’ Buddy Hub is completely free and buddy relationships are intended to be personalised and organic. You can commit as much or as little time to the relationship as you wish and can communicate through a channel that suits you, including direct messaging or video conferencing.
Disclose your COVID-19 concerns
As the pre-eminent and national leader of the nursing profession in Australia, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is advocating for all Australian nurses to be able to practice in a safe working environment while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank all nurses that have shared their COVID-19 experiences with us through our recent survey. To take the next step, allow us to take action and address specific practice issues, we are now calling for nurses to voice their concerns in a safe, supportive environment through our anonymous COVID-19 Disclosure Portal. We will analyse your anonymous submissions to identify specific practice problems and raise these with the appropriate facility or government if appropriate.
Read ACN CEO's open letter to Victorian nurses
ACN’s CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN has penned a letter of support for Victorian nurses.
In the heartfelt letter Kylie thanks nurses and raises awareness of the many challenges our profession is facing while we navigate this unprecedented health care crisis.
We encourage you to view the letter and refer to the resources on this page to stay up-to-date with relevant COVID-19 information for nurses.
If you have any feedback or need support during this challenging time please reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 resources for nurses
We have collated a list of educational resources* to keep nurses informed, safe and prepared to respond to the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage you to regularly refer to the Australian Government Department of Health website for the latest news and announcements.
Australian Government Department of Health
COVID-19 vaccines – Stakeholder kit (uploaded 22 January 2021)
Department of Health new COVID-19 vaccines website (uploaded 22 January 2021)
Coronavirus Australia app (iPhone) (uploaded 30 March 2020)
Coronavirus Australia app (Android) (uploaded 30 March 2020)
Resources for health professionals (uploaded 23 March 2020)
COVID-19 infection control training (uploaded 23 March 2020)
COVID-19 response update for Allied Health Practitioners webinar (uploaded 31 March 2020)
Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Victorian Government information (uploaded 17 September 2020)
healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA): Surgical/medical face masks (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Australian Vaccination Policy (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Epidemiology and COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Diagnostic imaging and pathology providers uploading to My Health Record (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Letter from Dr Nick Coatsworth, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Australian Government Department of Health
Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG)
Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) (uploaded 17 September 2020)
World Health Organization
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) (uploaded 23 March 2020)
Introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronavirus (uploaded 23 March 2020)
Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (uploaded 23 March 2020)
Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (uploaded 23 March 2020)
COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Health workforce policy and management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Prevention, identification and management of health worker infection in the context of COVID-19 (uploaded 14 January 2021)
Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – coronavirus (COVID-19) (uploaded 17 September 2020)
How to put on and take off your personal protective equipment (PPE) – gown and gloves removed separately (uploaded 17 September 2020)
How to put on and take off your personal protective equipment (PPE) – gown and gloves removed together (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Airborne and contact precautions – Gown and gloves removed separately (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Droplet and contact precautions – Gown and gloves removed separately (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disposing clinical waste (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for contact and droplet precautions (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Infection Prevention and Control eLearning modules (uploaded 23 March 2020)
Putting on and removing PPE fact sheet (uploaded 26 March 2020)
Infection Prevention and Control COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (uploaded 30 April 2020)
Special Precautions for COVID-19 Designated Zones (uploaded 30 April 2020)
COVID-19: Aged care staff infection prevention and control precautions poster (uploaded 9 December 2020)
Environmental Cleaning and Infection Prevention and Control (uploaded 9 December 2020)
Infection prevention and control Covid-19 PPE poster (uploaded 9 December 2020)
Special precautions for Covid-19 designated zones poster (uploaded 9 December 2020)
COVID-19 infection prevention and control risk management – Guidance (uploaded 9 December 2020)
Safe care for people with cognitive impairment during COVID-19(uploaded 9 December 2020)
Medicines Management COVID-19 (including position statements on medicine-related issues)(uploaded 9 December 2020)
Potential medicines to treat COVID-19 (uploaded 9 December 2020)
Break the chain of infection: Stopping COVID-19 poster (uploaded 9 December 2020)
COVID-19: Elective surgery and infection prevention and control precautions (uploaded 9 December 2020)
FAQs for clinicians on elective surgery (uploaded 9 December 2020)
FAQs for consumers on elective surgery (uploaded 9 December 2020)
FAQs on community use of face masks (uploaded 9 December 2020)
COVID-19 and face masks – Information for consumers(uploaded 9 December 2020)
Fact sheet on use of face masks in the community to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (uploaded 9 December 2020)
Now available in Easy English and 10 other community languages. The factsheet was developed to help people understand when it is important to wear a mask to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, and to explain how to safely put on and remove face masks. It also reinforces the importance of staying home if you have symptoms, physical distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
Australian Government Department of Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector (uploaded 17 September 2020)
National Council on Aging
National Council on Aging (uploaded 17 September 2020)
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
The Experiences of Primary Healthcare Nurses During the COVID‐19 Pandemic in Australia (uploaded 29 September 2020)
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Evidence based management guideline for the COVID-19 pandemic – Review article (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia
Protecting Vulnerable Persons — video (uploaded 6 October 2020)
Screening tool for aged care — video (uploaded 6 October 2020)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus course (uploaded 26 March 2020)
Caresearch Palliative care and COVID-19 resources (uploaded 14 April 2020)
PalliativeCare Australia (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Queensland Government (uploaded 17 September 2020)
WA Government (uploaded 17 September 2020)
SA Health (uploaded 17 September 2020)
PalliativeCare Victoria (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Cancer Australia (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Palliative Care Communication during COVID-19 (uploaded 20 November 2020)
Residential Aged Care: Palliative Care Resources and Planning during COVID-19 (uploaded 20 November 2020)
Home Care: Palliative Care Resources and Planning during COVID-19 (uploaded 20 November 2020)
National Health Practitioner Ombudsman
Responding to COVID-19: We’re here to help (uploaded 24 April 2020)
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Support services and resources to assist those caring for veteran patients during COVID-19 (uploaded 15 May 2020)
Other jurisdictions health professional advice
Queensland (uploaded 17 September 2020)
New South Wales (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Victoria (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Tasmania (uploaded 17 September 2020)
South Australia (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Western Australia (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Northern Territory (uploaded 17 September 2020)
ACT (uploaded 17 September 2020)
COVID-19 Australian and New Zealand research
ANZCTR (Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry) (uploaded 6 October 2020)
COVID-19 international research
National Institute for Health and care Excellence (NICE) COVID-19 Guidance and advice list (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Cochrane resources and news (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Cochrane’s COVID-19 Study Register (uploaded 6 October 2020)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (uploaded 17 September 2020)
Patient Safety Network (uploaded 17 September 2020)
The COVID-19-COS project (uploaded 6 October 2020)
JBI COVID-19 Special Collection (uploaded 17 September 2020)
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCRIS)
COVID-19 Vaccine development landscape (uploaded 14 January 2021)
* All resources are relevant as of their upload date. Due to the dynamic nature of this rapidly unfolding situation we encourage you to regularly check the individual information sources for any further updates.
Look after your personal and professional well-being
It is an unprecedented time and the uncertainty about so many elements of COVID-19 is a reality for many of us. It is understandable that emotional distress, even among those not directly exposed to the disease, is significant. There are many issues to contend with at once – changes in your workplace, care arrangements for family and children, financial uncertainty and more.
We understand what you are going through and we are here to help. We have collated a range of self care resources to guide you through this difficult time and help you safeguard your own mental health and well-being.
Read nurses' COVID-19 stories on NurseClick
Engage in COVID-19 discussions with like-minded nurses
We have created a dedicated ‘COVID-19 Forum’ on our online engagement platform neo to allow ACN Fellows and Members to engage in discussions and support each other during this challenging time.
You can access neo via neo.acn.edu.au or by downloading the ‘ACN-neo’ app from your app store.
Once you have logged in to neo using your membership login details you will find ‘COVID-19 Forum’ under the ‘Forums’ drop-down menu. If you are not yet a member of the ACN tribe and would like to join to connect with nurses around the country you can complete the online membership application form.
Find out about ACN’s COVID-19 Workforce Solutions Expert Advisory Group
ACN has formed the COVID-19 Workforce Solutions Expert Advisory Group which is dedicated to removing barriers to nurses delivering care in the community and enable funding and resources that will allow nurses to provide care for people in their homes and via telehealth. Learn how the group are fighting for nurses.
View ACN's immunisation policy publications
ACN considers that immunisation is a significant preventive health measure and that nurses play an important role in delivering vaccinations and advocating for immunisation programs to the ongoing health of all Australians from birth to old age. It is therefore crucial that nurses are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to fulfil their legislative and professional requirements in relation to immunisation advocacy and when delivering vaccines within their scope of practice.
Become a registered immuniser
ACN’s Immunisation for Health Practitioners course aims to equip health practitioners with the essential attributes to be immunisation advocates and promote immunisation uptake nationally. The course is offered online with flexible self-paced learning. It can be completed in just three weeks if studied full time or can be completed part time over a maximum of 120 days.
This course is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other allied health workers.
All health professionals applying to enrol in the course must confirm eligibility to immunise independent of medical officers after completing this course by checking health policy in their relevant state or territory. To apply or find out more visit the course page.