ACN’s Institute of Leadership supports nurses at all career stages to extend their leadership skills and confidence.
Nurse Executive Capability Framework
The social, political and economic challenges in health care make it critical that nurse leaders are equipped to respond to these ever-changing challenges, not only today but into the future. The role of nurse executives has evolved from a focus on nursing services to broader accountability for patient or client services across aged/residential care, hospital and community settings in public and private, not-for profit and non-government organisations. To this end, ACN has developed a Nurse Executive Capability Framework to guide the development of those in, or aspiring to, nurse executive roles. Currently within Australia there is no specific framework for nurse executives. ACN is thereby setting the standard nationally on the capabilities required.
The Nurse Executive Leadership Program supports participants to develop the capabilities outlined in the Nurse Executive Capability Framework.
Emerging Nurse Leader program
The Emerging Nurse Leader Program supports current and future nurse leaders, from undergraduate nursing students to enrolled and registered nurses in their sixth year of nursing practice, to kickstart their leadership careers by providing access to mentoring, career coaching, professional development webinars and leadership workshops. Throughout the nine-month program participants receive the opportunity to network with high-profile nurse leaders and build their profiles within the profession by receiving invitations to exclusive ACN events and a complimentary registration to the National Nursing Forum. The next program will commence in October 2020.
The Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program develops nurses who have more than six years of professional experience and have worked in leadership roles within the health or aged care system. The program consists of a five-day face-to-face workshop, followed by six months of learning sets and coaching. The tangible modules prepare participants to lead health workplace cultures through innovation, redesign and change and to develop high-performing teams that have a culture of success and achievement.
The Nurse Executive Leadership Program will develop those in, or those aspiring to, nurse executive roles to meet the capabilities of ACN’s Nurse Executive Capability Framework. The program supports nursing executives nationally to continue in the health and aged care industry as they navigate the current health care landscape and strengthen their knowledge and influence in their existing and future roles.
ACN’s Let’s Talk Leadership events allow attendees to be inspired by well-known leaders from various industries. The inaugural event in October 2019 featured Catherine McGregor AM, who shared her inspirational personal narrative about serving four decades as a military officer, becoming one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators and embracing her gender transition journey. Let’s Talk Leadership events will be held in various formats and locations across the country.
Nightingale Challenge 2020
Nursing Now has launched the Nightingale Challenge which aims to have at least 20,000 young nurses and midwives, aged 35 or under, benefiting from leadership and development training in 2020, which marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and has been officially declared as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization.
The Nightingale Challenge is calling on large employers of nurses globally to provide leadership and development training for 20 young nurses and midwives in 2020. This will give young nurses the skills they need to play an even more influential role in global health.
How to get involved
We are inviting organisations to partner with us to fulfil the challenge requirements by offering subsidised registration rates for our Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program ($4,000) and Nurse Executive Leadership Program ($7,000). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Young nurse leaders
As the lead organisation for Nursing Now in Australia, we are also proud to support the challenge by providing five $1,000 scholarships for the Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program and five $1,500 scholarships for the Nurse Executive Leadership Program to eligible applicants aged 35 or under. To find out more contact email@example.com.
Leadership online courses
With ACN’s Leadership Online, nurses can access resources to boost their understanding of leadership and the value of it. Listen and Learn to leaders in the profession, Read and Reflect what other nurses experience and Do and Develop further study – short and long form. Come and visit our Leadership Online offering – you’ll feel like a child in a candy store with the options available!
Other leadership courses
ACN offers a range of face-to-face, webinar and online CPD courses to assist you in achieving the hours required by the NMBA for annual renewal and authority to practice. ACN’s Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management provides a formal leadership qualification that will help you work towards becoming an expert practitioner and being selected for a higher-grade position. If you are not quite ready to commit to a full graduate certificate you can start by completing a single unit of study.
Tailored leadership services
ACN recognises that no two organisations are the same and individuals’ learning needs are unique. As a result ACN offers tailored leadership services designed to meet your organisation’s specific leadership requirements, in a format and at a venue of your choice. Contact us today for more information.
Receive a leadership program, course or presentation that is specifically created to suit your unique leadership needs. An ACN leadership specialist will work with you to develop the style and key learning outcomes.
Relevance and quality
Highly qualified facilitators with proven experience and expertise in their field ensure participants receive the latest critical thinking on leadership.
Flexibility and convenience
ACN’s leadership services can be conducted in-house at your premises or at a venue that best suits your needs or can be developed as an electronic module.
ACN will develop an electronic flyer allowing you to effectively promote the program to your staff.