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About the program

If you are an ambitious go-getter looking for an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone to advance your career and become the best nurse leader you can be then look no further! The ENL program will help you develop your leadership skills and confidence through unparalleled access to high profile nurse leaders, mentoring, career coaching and professional development opportunities. The program is self-paced and self-driven, meaning you will get as much out of the program as you put in. Participants will be required to independently complete a range of activities in order to accrue the points required to complete the program.

ENL program objectives

  • 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

Interested in becoming an ENL?

Applications for the next ENL program intake have now closed. We encourage you to register your interest for the 2021 ENL program to find out as soon as applications have opened.

ENL program benefits

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ENL mentoring program

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Invitations to exclusive ACN events

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Networking with high profile nurse leaders

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Full registration for the ACN National Nursing Forum

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Opportunity to build a profile within the profession

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ACN Leadership workshops

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Career coaching

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Professional development webinars

Program overview and eligibility

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.

To be eligible to apply for the ENL program, applicants must be paying ACN members. Click on the icons to view the program overview and additional eligibility for each stage.

Stage 1

ENL empowered to learn

Empowered to LEARN

Students completing a Bachelor of Nursing (final year), Nursing Masters or Nursing Honours year

Stage 2

ENL empowered to grow

Empowered to GROW

Registered Nurses in their first year of practice

Stage 3

ENL empowered to reach

Empowered to REACH

Registered Nurses in their second or third year of practice

Stage 4

ENL empowered to achieve

Empowered to ACHIEVE

Registered Nurses in their fourth or fifth year of practice

Stage 5

ENL empowered to lead

Empowered to LEAD

Registered Nurses in their sixth year of practice

Meet our 2020 ENLs

View our 2020 cohort and connect with them on neo.

You can find out about the ENL journey of our remarkable 2018 graduates through their reflections in the ENL program graduate eBook. Stay tuned for our 2019 ENL eBook!

Meet our 2020 ENLs


For further information contact ACN Leadership

e: leadership@acn.edu.au
t: 1800 061 660