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The Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) Program cultivates future nurse leaders

The Australian College of Nursing is shaping tomorrow’s nurse leaders by supporting the development of leadership skills in student nurses and early career nurses.

What is the Emerging Nurse Leader Program?

The Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) Program is a three-year initiative of the Australian College of Nursing that provides participating student nurses and early career nurses with a unique opportunity to develop a suite of leadership skills that can be applied throughout their careers. ACN recognises the potential of our future generation of nurses and assists to cultivate future nurse leaders by supporting them through a three year program of personal and professional development. Each year this award is offered to five outstanding nurse leaders of the future.

The vision of the ENL Program came from many years of discussion and feedback from senior leaders within the profession. These conversations told us that there are many experienced leaders projected to retire over the next decade, and this will equate to the loss of many senior nurse leaders. Furthermore, generational experts tell us that there are high numbers of early career nurses leaving the profession.

The ENL Program looks to address these workforce issues by creating a platform that recognises potential and assists to cultivate future nurse leaders by supporting them through a three year program of personal and professional development.


How does the ENL program work?

The ENL Program annually identifies pre-registration nursing students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in nursing through their involvement in student activities, community activities, student representation and/or other involvement in the advancement of the nursing profession.

The ENL Program offers participants a range of complimentary professional opportunities, some of which include:

  • membership to ACN for the duration of the program
  • attendance at the ACN National Nursing Forum for the duration of the program
  • Leadership Skills Inventory (psychologist led research based applied behavioral science & leadership effectiveness).
  • an ACN Graduate Certificate Unit Introduction to Leadership and Management
  • participation in ACN Fellow Mentoring Program for ENLs

Participants are also encouraged to actively engage with ACN by their involvement in leadership development activities including:

  • submission of articles for ACN publication/s
  • joining an ACN Community of Interest
  • participating in ACN Region activities
  • participating leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • participation in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession
  • support and guidance with resume preparation and interview skills
  • completion of a Leadership Capability Workbook
  • participation in policy work with support from senior nurses
  • participation in professional dialogue through ACN representative opportunities.

ENL Program Content

The Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) Program is structured in stages that progress through individual, team, and profession foci.

Throughout the three years of the program, ENLs will complete a Leadership Capability Workbook that documents their demonstrated leadership activities that correspond with the Health Workforce Australia (HWA) Health LEADS Australian Leadership Framework.

In support of these activities, ENLs will complete a leadership skills inventory (LSI) and an Introduction to Leadership and Management (Graduate Certificate Unit). This preparation and professional development will establish a strong career foundation for further leadership development and activities. ENLs will also participate in ACN professional activities. Each ENL is provided with an ACN email account to be used for correspondence as well as business cards for professional networking.


YEAR ONE: 3RD YEAR NURSING STUDENT

INDIVIDUAL FOCUS (Self-awareness)

The first year of the program 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 utilized.

5 Key concepts

  1. Individual purpose/motivation
  2. Accountability/responsibility paradigm
  3. Personal values
  4. Goals
  5. Leadership styles

Leadership qualities will be identified through:

  • completion of a professional development plan and portfolio on ACN’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP)
  • funded attendance/active participation in ACN national event (forum/conference) and associated workshop event
  • coaching sessions on topics such as: personality/leadership styles; professional conduct; CV writing.
  • development of article for ACN publication/s
  • attendance at a professional forum facilitated by ACN
  • joining an ACN Community of Interest
  • participating in ACN Region activities
  • a leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • participation in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession
  • brief reflective summaries, produced twice annually (post conference/workshop and at the end of each year), summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the event/broader ENL Program
  • support and guidance with resume preparation and interview skills
  • the completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook.

Outcomes

  • Awareness of own leadership qualities.
  • Increased awareness of professionalism of nursing.
  • Greater self-awareness.
  • Preparation for graduate year position.

YEAR TWO: GRADUATE NURSE

TEAM FOCUS (awareness of influence on others)

The second year of the program provides consolidation through a deeper analysis of leadership qualities and skills. ENLs will identify and analyse their own leadership qualities and reflect on how these qualities can be developed.

6 Key concepts

  1. Team values
  2. Perception
  3. Teamwork and conflict resolution
  4. Communication styles
  5. Coaching /managing/leading – SWOT
  6. Negotiation/influence

Leadership qualities will be identified and developed through:

  • completion of LSI (Part 1) plus two individual coaching sessions
  • development of article for ACN publication/s
  • funded attendance/active participation in ACN national event (forum/conference) and associated workshop event
  • a leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • the updating of a professional development plan and portfolio on 3LP
  • coaching sessions on topics such as: interpersonal communication; conflict resolution.
  • shadow leadership group member in a Community of Interest
  • submission of an abstract for conference
  • attendance at a professional forum with an ACN representative
  • participation in ACN Nursing and Health Expos as an ambassador for the profession
  • providing informal mentoring support to 1st year ENLs
  • brief reflective summaries, produced twice annually (post conference/workshop and at the end of each year), summarising the personal growth and professional development experienced as a result of the event/broader ENL Program
  • the completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • participation in professional issues relating to representation and policy.

Outcomes

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

YEAR THREE: LAUNCHING CAREER

Profession focus (career and leadership vision)
The third year of the program focusses on developing leadership qualities and skills. ENLs will further develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to professional activities.

6 Key concepts

  1. Leadership and management
  2. Decision-making
  3. Problem-solving
  4. Motivation
  5. Innovation
  6. Representation

Leadership qualities will be developed through:

  • completion of Introduction to Leadership & Management (ACN Graduate Certificate unit)
  • completion of LSI (Part 2) plus two x individual coaching sessions
  • active leadership involvement within a Community of Interest and/or Region
  • funded attendance/active participation in ACN national event (forum/conference) and associated workshop event
  • ACN representation with senior ACN member
  • visiting the work environment of a nurse leader
  • development of article for ACN publication/s – peer reviewed
  • active participation in ACN policy work
  • a leadership journal club and discussion forum (online)
  • providing informal mentoring support to 2nd year ENLs
  • coaching sessions on topics such as: action research; work/life balance; leadership vision.
  • the completion of ENL Leadership Capability Workbook
  • a final review

Outcomes

  • Demonstration of early career nurse leadership qualities.
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy, professional representation and engagement.
  • Development of knowledge related to nursing policy issues.
  • Certificate of completion signed by ACN Chief Executive Officer and President.

ENL Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program participants will:

  • have identified and have a greater awareness and understanding of their own leadership qualities, through self-assessment and 360 degree feedback
  • have improved their leadership effectiveness
  • have developed a social, ethical and professional understanding of contemporary health care environments to provide nurse leadership within the health care context
  • have an understanding of the socio-political environment of nursing
  • have an understanding of change mechanisms within the profession of nursing and health sector
  • have an understanding of the development of nursing policy, research and education and its influence on the profession and broader health environment.

Who can apply?

Successful applicants of the ENL Program are exemplary pre-registration nursing students who:

  1. are in their second year of study of a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or in their first year of a Masters level pre-registration nursing degree, at an Australian university
  2. are actively looking toward the advancement of the nursing profession in Australia
  3. are involved in volunteer or community projects
  4. can demonstrate leadership qualities and have the desire to grow and develop leadership skills.

General Requirements: Throughout the course of the ENL Program, participants are expected to maintain relevant employment* and conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner consistent with community expectations of the nursing profession. Ongoing engagement and active participation in program activities is also required, this includes completion of the ENL Leadership Capability Workbook. ENLs will undertake an annual review throughout the program in order to review current progress and set goals for further development.

* An extended period of absence will need to be considered individually by ACN in relation to maintaining currency within program deliverables and learning outcomes.

Eligibility: Applicants must be either an undergraduate nursing student in your second year of study, or a graduate entry, pre-registration nursing student in your first year of study. The ENL program is open to ACN members and non-members. 

The ENL program is open to ACN members and non-members. Universities, with a school of nursing and midwifery, are invited to encourage applications from those students who meet the criteria for the program. Students are also encouraged to apply.

Universities, with a school of nursing and midwifery, are invited to encourage applications from those students who meet the criteria for the program. Students are also encouraged to apply.


When to apply?

Please check this page for an announcement about when applications are open.

For more information about the ENL program please contact:

Member Engagement
Freecall 1800 061 660 (charges may apply)
email: engagement@acn.edu.au


Our 2014 and 2015 ENLs

ACN currently has 9 ENLs in the program. This cohort of new generation students and nurses all demonstrate a range of personal and professional characteristics aligned with the ENL program selection criteria:

  • leadership amongst their peers;
  • commitment to the nursing profession;
  • creativity and innovation;
    involvement in student and community activities;
  • and courage and confidence.

2014

Evan Casella

Sonya Wallace

Meg Bransgrove

Theresa Snijders

2015

Jenyfer Joy

Paul Kaczykowski

Serena Ricciardone

Emily Murray

Katrina Horne

 

Congratulations to our past ENL Graduates

2012

Patricia Fox

Sherrie Lee

Elyse Taylor

Laurie Bickhoff

Catherine Ryan

 

2013

Carol Mudford

Natalie Sharp

Renee Callender

Paula Lambert