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Australia’s health care and aged care systems face a number of complex challenges. Providing health and aged care services to meet the future needs of Australia’s population will require new, effective and efficient models of care, and nurses at all levels need leadership skills so they can play a vital role in the development of these new care models. Leadership skills in any occupation drive change. But in the nursing profession, leadership skills are vital to patient care and advocacy, regardless of your title or position. Nurses with leadership skills are change makers.   

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Leadership Videos

Watch our "Spotlight on Leadership" videos - a series of interviews with past, present and future nurse leaders and luminaries in the profession.

Leadership White Paper

This White Paper outlines the relevance of nurse leadership within the health care system and highlights the connection between nurse leadership, workplace environment, staff retention and patient outcomes. It describes the challenges that exist when driving the necessary change within in health care systems and organisations and the need to recognise the contribution that nurse leaders can make.

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Leadership @ACN

Regardless of your job title or the position you hold, all nurses need strong leadership skills. Leadership is different to management, although there are elements of leadership that nurse managers require. Likewise, nurse leaders need competent management skills. In their day to day practice, nurses take a leadership role in the coordination of nursing and health care to facilitate optimal health outcomes for their patients.

You may be a nurse or midwife currently in a leadership role. You may be interested in advancing your career and becoming a nurse leader or manager.  Or you may be content with and proud of what you have achieved to date as a registered or enrolled nurse. Regardless of where you are in your career, developing and honing your leadership skills is a requirements of the national nursing competency standards but it is also an essential part of personal development and growth.

The Leadership @ACN program is a suite of skills development workshops, seminars, events and courses designed to enhance your leadership skills and give you the confidence to be the best you can be.

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Leadership course dates and registration

ACN has developed Leadership @ACN, a unique initiative that supports current nurse leaders. It provides leadership skills development workshops, advanced seminars, short courses, events and opportunities to all nurses with an interest in leadership. 

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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. Each year this award is offered to five outstanding nurse leaders of the future.

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Check out our emerging nurse leaders of 2013-2015

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Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely began in 2012 in the USA, as an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation supporting the healthcare community and consumers to start conversations about eliminating the use of unnecessary and sometimes harmful tests, treatments, and procedures.  The movement  is now worldwide with the launch of Choosing Wisely Canada in 2013 and Australia in 2015. Similar initiatives are being developed in Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and New Zealand. 

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