ACN Emerging Research Leader Program
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Take your nursing career to new heights

Are you a passionate nurse with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to make a difference? Our Emerging Research Leader program (ERLP) is designed to empower nurses like you to embark on an exciting research journey.

What’s in it for you?

Develop vital research skills from the ground up.
Gain the knowledge needed to kickstart your research endeavors.
Learn how to identify, conduct, interpret, and apply research effectively.
Grasp the essence of research.
Secure your first grant as the lead author.
Contribute to the ever-growing pool of essential nursing knowledge.
Emerging Research Leader program

Our mission: ‘Shaping Health, Advancing Nursing’ — At ACN, we’re committed to nurturing the next generation of nursing leaders. We believe that by fostering research skills, we can keep nursing practice and healthcare at the cutting edge, ensuring top-notch person-centered care for all.

Invest in yourself: This program is your opportunity to supercharge your professional growth. As you delve into the world of research, you’ll also have the chance to publish your findings as the lead author, all while receiving valuable research grants.

What’s ERLP All About?

  • It’s your gateway to building a solid research foundation.
  • It’s about sowing the seeds of innovation, led by nurses, for nurses.
  • It’s where your ideas take root and transform into essential evidence through an investigative journey.
  • It’s your chance to be guided by nursing research champions, who will mentor you towards crafting a final paper ready for publication.

ACN and ACN Foundation – Paving the way to a brighter future

We’re on a mission to shape the future of nursing knowledge and evidence-based nursing practice, and we’re doing it through the groundbreaking Emerging Research Leader Program (ERLP).

Commit to Success

Our program spans a dynamic 9 months of discovery, mentorship, and practical research skill development. It comes with the added support of a generous $10,000 grant from the ACN Foundation.

Ready to shape the future of nursing and elevate your own career along the way? Join us, and together, we’ll make waves in the world of nursing research!

Embark on a 9-month journey with our senior nurse researchers

Break through barriers with the Emerging Research Leader program.

Personalised mentorship

Experience the power of one-on-one support with your very own research mentor. They’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Self-paced learning

Dive into a world of knowledge with our engaging online modules. Learn at your own pace and explore a wealth of resources.

Expert-led workshops

Get hands-on with three immersive workshops led by seasoned experts. These sessions are interactive, practical, and designed to ignite your research passion.

Research project mastery

Gain valuable insights into research project management, including literature reviews and small-scale research projects. We’ll equip you with the skills to tackle real-world challenges.

Future-proof your research

Craft a blueprint for your future research projects. We’ll help you turn your ideas into impactful initiatives.

Collaboration skills

Collaboration is key! Learn how to thrive in research teams and harness the collective power of innovation.

Dive into our dynamic program modules

Mastering nursing research principles

Uncover the secrets of effective nursing research from the get-go.

Explore the world of evidence

Learn the art of finding and harnessing the most compelling evidence.

Craft a literature synthesis

Piece together the puzzle of literature synthesis like a pro.

Manage your research projects

Take charge of your research endeavours with expert project management skills.

Ethics in research

Discover the ethical path to responsible and impactful research.

Collecting and analysing data

Get hands-on with data collection and analysis, making your research come alive.

Share your discoveries

Learn how to effectively disseminate your findings to the world

The power of research influence

Harness the potential of your research to make a real impact.

Achieve your goals with our program objectives

Emerging Research Leader program
  • Embrace Foundational Research Skills: Demonstrate a solid grasp of nursing research fundamentals.
  • Transform Practice Issues into Research Questions: Craft research questions that address real-world challenges.
  • Navigate Various Research Designs: Distinguish between different research design approaches.
  • Uphold Ethical and Legal Responsibilities: Interpret the ethical and legal aspects of being a nurse researcher.
  • Master the Art of Research Evidence: Become an expert in critiquing and synthesizing research evidence.
  • Amplify Your Findings Through Publications: Share your discoveries with the world via impactful research publications.

Ready to embark on this transformative journey? Your success story begins here!

Apply now

The ACN Foundation is offering fifteen scholarships for registered nurses to participate in a new ACN Emerging Research Leader Program.

Applications closed.

Become an ACN Research Mentor

Throughout the program, each participant is supported by an experienced Research Mentor. Among others, mentors provide guidance for the development of a manuscript to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Prospective mentors are expected to demonstrate expertise and active engagement in the research field. Ideal candidates will meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence: Holding a PhD
  • Proven research experience:
    • A track record of research publications, project completions, and successful grant applications.
    • Active involvement in research, demonstrated by a recent or ongoing project.
    • At least two peer-reviewed journal publications in the last 12 months.
  • Commitment to mentoring: Ability to maintain regular meetings with mentee (e.g. every three/three weeks).
Become an ACN Research Mentor

How to apply

Interested in making a difference? Please express your interest by sending your CV along with an overview of your mentoring philosophy, expectations of the mentor-mentee partnership, and your capacity to commit to this role.

Submit your application to by Friday 8 December 2023.