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ACN Emerging Nurse Leader program

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Empowerment through learning, growing, reaching, achieving and leading.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) program recognises leadership demonstrated by high achievers in the Australian nursing profession.  These individuals are driven to take the lead and make a difference wherever they are, from the point of care to national policy.  They are proud members of the nursing profession and passionate about advancing nursing to improve health care outcomes.  They are members, or keen to be members, of ACN, Australia’s pre-eminent professional nursing organisation.  

Nurses are central to the provision, quality and the outcomes of health care. ACN is advancing nursing leadership by supporting nurses, at all levels of the health care system, to develop as leaders.  Advancing nursing leadership means cultivating a leadership mindset early in a nurse’s career and providing leadership opportunities across their career. 

About the ENL program
The ENL program is designed to develop skills, build confidence and provide opportunities for nurses to represent the nursing profession as leaders.  
It focuses on developing leadership skills through a blend of formal education, self-reflection, mentoring and action based learning opportunities. It is a self-paced nine-month program, based on adult and action learning principles. Nurses will lead their learning experiences and are offered a wide range of activities. Participants are awarded points as they progress through the program, which can also make them eligible for additional benefits.  

Who should apply?
Up to fifty participants will be selected for the ENL program each year. They will have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in nursing through involvement in student or community activities. Individuals who are keen to advance their nursing career, and strengthen their leadership potential, are encouraged to apply for the program. 

What the program offers
Selection to this prestigious award program will raise participants’ profiles as high achieving nurse leaders. They will be encouraged to take leadership opportunities in their workplaces and actively contribute to the nursing voice at national, state and local levels.  

ENL program benefits:

12 month ACN membership providing a comprehensive range of benefits

full registration for the ACN National Nursing Forum and opportunities to participate in expos and professional events 

access to ACN professional development webinars and ACN leadership workshops as outlined in the ENL program 

 

one-on-one career coaching 

 

support and mentoring from an experienced ACN Member or Fellow

 

opportunities to participate in ACN policy and professional representation 

 

networking through ACN’s Regions and Communities of Interest

 

opportunities to submit articles for The Hive and/or NurseClick with the support of ACN.

ENL program stages

The program is divided into five stages reflecting the challenges and opportunities nurses face as they progress through their leadership journey. Each stage is nine months and participants are welcome to enter at any stage depending on where they are in their personal journey.
All program stages commence on 1 February 2017 and conclude on 31 October 2017.

Throughout the various stages within the ENL program participants will:

  • identify and have a greater awareness and understanding of their own leadership qualities, through self-assessment and ACN professional feedback
  • see an improvement in their own leadership confidence and effectiveness 
  • have developed a social, ethical and professional understanding of contemporary health care environments to provide nurse leadership within the health care context
  • have a growing understanding of the socio-political environment of nursing
  • have a better understanding of change mechanisms within the profession of nursing and health sector
  • be better equipped to understand the development of nursing policy, research and education and its influence on the profession and broader health environment.

Click on the stage you are interested in below to find out more and apply.

Applications are open from September 2016 to 7 November 2016.

For more information contact ACN Engagement on 1800 061 660 or engagement@acn.edu.au.

 

Empowered to LEARN 


Stage 1: Empowered to LEARN

Eligibility requirement on entry into the program

Applicants must be pre-registration students completing one of the following at an Australian University: Bachelor of Nursing (final year), Nursing Masters or Nursing Honours year.

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February – October (9 month program)

INDIVIDUAL FOCUS (Self-awareness)

Participants will focus on the identification of leadership qualities and skills. Participants will identify their own potential leadership qualities and seek to recognise how these qualities may be utilised to enhance their professional learning.

Key concepts

  • Individual purpose/motivation
  • Accountability/responsibility paradigm
  • Personal values

Leadership qualities will be identified through:

  • participation in ACN Member Mentoring for ENLs program (6 month period)
    • completion of a professional development plan and portfolio using ACN’s Professional Portfolio tool
    • support and guidance with resume preparation and interview skills
    • development of article/s for ACN publication/s
  • attendance of the ACN National Nursing Forum
  • joining one or more ACN Communities of Interest
  • active participation in ACN Region activities
  • contribution to the ENL leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • participation in ACN Career Coaching
  • involvement in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession (if available in state/territory of participant)
  • undertaking two online ACN webinars offered to ENLs
  • completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • submission of a reflective journal, produced at the end of the program, summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the ENL program.

Outcomes

  • Awareness of own leadership qualities
  • Increased awareness of professionalism of nursing
  • Greater self-awareness and sense of self-empowerment.

 

Empowered to GROW


Stage 2: Empowered to GROW

Eligibility requirement on entry into the program

At the time of commencement of the program in February 2017 applicants must be employed as a Registered Nurse in their first year of nursing practice. 

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February – October (9 month program)

TEAM FOCUS (Growing awareness of influence on others)

Participants will focus on identifying and analysing leadership qualities and skills. Participants will identify and analyse their own leadership qualities and how these qualities can be developed to positively influence their own and others’ professional growth.

Key concepts

  • Team values
  • Building capacity
  • Resourcefulness

Leadership qualities will be identified and developed through:

  • participation in ACN Member Mentoring for ENLs Program (6 month period)
    • completion of a professional development plan and portfolio using ACN’s Professional Portfolio tool
    • submission of an abstract for a conference
    • development of article/s for ACN publication/s
  • participation in one or more ACN Communities of Interest
  • active participation in ACN Region activities
  • contribution to the ENL leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • attendance of ACN National Nursing Forum
  • involvement in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession (if available in state/territory of participant)
  • providing informal mentoring support to Stage 1 ENLs
  • participation in ACN Career Coaching
  • undertaking two online ACN webinars offered to ENLs
  • completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • submission of a reflective journal, produced at the end of the program, summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the ENL program.

Outcomes

  • Enhanced self-awareness within leadership context
  • Increased professional engagement
  • Established graduate in the nursing profession, capable of junior leadership roles

 

Empowered to REACH 


Stage 3: Empowered to REACH

Eligibility requirement on entry into the program

Applicants must be employed as a Registered Nurse in their 2nd or 3rd year in nursing.

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February – October (9 month program)

PROFESSION FOCUS (Identifying and reaching your potential)

Participants will focus on developing leadership qualities and skills. Participants will develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to professional activities.

Key concepts

  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Policy and representation (using your professional voice)

Leadership qualities will be developed through:

  • participation in ACN Member Mentoring for ENLs Program (6 month period)
    • visiting the work environment of a nurse leader
    • submission of an abstract for a conference
    • development of article/s for ACN publication/s – peer reviewed
  • contribution to the ENL leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • participation in one or more ACN Communities of Interest
  • active participation in ACN Region activities
  • attendance of ACN National Nursing Forum
  • involvement in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession (if available in state/territory of participant)
  • providing informal mentoring support to Stage 2 ENLs
  • taking a significant role in an inter-professional collaboration
  • participation in ACN Career Coaching
  • involvement in ACN policy and professional representation
  • completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • undertaking two online ACN webinars offered to ENLs
  • submission of a reflective journal, produced at the end of the program, summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the ENL program.

Outcomes

  • Demonstrated early career nurse leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy, professional representation and engagement
  • Development of knowledge and skills to manage people and resources at the unit level

 

Empowered to ACHIEVE 


Stage 4: Empowered to ACHIEVE

Eligibility requirement on entry into the program

Applicants must be employed as a Registered Nurse in their 4th or 5th year in nursing.

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February – October (9 month program)

GOALS FOCUS (Achieving personal leadership and career goals)

Participants will focus on developing leadership qualities and skills. Participants will develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to develop capacity in their teams.

Key concepts

  • Innovation
  • Change
  • Policy and representation (recognising the power of your professional voice)

Leadership qualities will be developed through:

  • participation in ACN Member Mentoring for ENLs Program (6 month period)
    • visiting the work environment of a nurse leader
    • submission of an abstract for a conference
    • development of article/s for ACN publication/s – peer reviewed
  • contribution to the ENL leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • participation in one or more ACN Communities of Interest
  • active participation in ACN Regions
  • attendance of ACN National Nursing Forum
  • involvement in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession (if available in state/territory of participant)
  • providing informal mentoring support to Stage 3 ENLs
  • participation in ACN Career Coaching
  • leading a significant cross-organisational project
  • participation in ACN policy and professional representation
  • attending an ACN Leadership workshop as outlined in the ENL program
  • undertaking two online ACN webinars offered to ENLs
  • completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • submission of a reflective journal, produced at the end of the program, summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the ENL program.

Outcomes

  • Demonstrated early career nurse leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy, professional representation and engagement
  • Development of knowledge and skills to manage people and resources at the unit level

 

Empowered to LEAD


Stage 5: Empowered to LEAD

Eligibility requirement on entry into the program

Applicants must be employed as a Registered Nurse in their 5th or 6th year in nursing.

Apply now

February – October (9 month program)

LEADERSHIP FOCUS (Leadership vision)

Participants will focus on developing strong leadership qualities and skills. Participants will continue to develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to leading organisational change.

Key concepts

  • Leadership and management
  • Thought leadership
  • Influence to lead within the profession

Leadership qualities will be developed through:

  • participation in ACN Member Mentoring for ENLs Program (6 month period)
    • visiting the work environment of a nurse leader
    • submission of an abstract for a conference
    • development of article/s for ACN publication/s – peer reviewed
  • contribution to the ENL leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • active participation in one or more ACN Communities of Interest
  • active participation in ACN Regions
  • attendance of ACN National Nursing Forum
  • involvement in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession (if available in state/territory of participant)
  • providing informal mentoring support to Stage 4 ENLs
  • participation in ACN Career Coaching
  • leading a significant cross-organisational project
  • participation in ACN policy and professional representation
  • attending an ACN Leadership workshop as outlined in the ENL program
  • undertaking two online ACN webinars offered to ENLs
  • completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • submission of a reflective journal, produced at the end of the program, summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the ENL program.

Outcomes

  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy, professional representation and engagement
  • Development of knowledge related to nursing policy issues
  • Demonstrated ability to lead organisational change