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About the program

The Nurse Executive Leadership Program will develop those in, or those aspiring to, nurse executive roles with the capabilities required to meet the future social, political and economic challenges in health and aged care. The program is structured to meet the requirements of ACN’s Nurse Executive Capability Framework supporting 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.

Program modules

  • Nursing leadership
  • Nurses as strategic leaders
  • Operational management
  • Health economics and financial management
  • Marketing and communication
  • Clinical governance
  • Human resource management
  • Nursing in a technological and digital health era

Program objectives

On successful completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • balance expectations related to operational management and executive leadership
  • influence, monitor, guide at a strategic level, network, partner, and be across the latest evidence to make decisions
  • lead the strategy and facilitate implementation
  • build capacity in the next leadership level and throughout the organisation.

Program delivery

The inaugural program will commence in April 2020 and will run over a twelve-month period. Participants are supported through personal development activities, mentoring and learning sets. The program will commence with a five-day face-to-face workshop in Canberra on 27 April 2020.

Apply now

Applications for the inaugural program are now open. To apply for this exclusive opportunity please send the following items to

  • 2-3 page Expression of Interest outlining what you would like to achieve from this program and a self-assessment against the capabilities outlined in ACN’s Nurse Executive Capability Framework
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a referee letter outlining your manager’s or supervisor’s support for your participation in the program and your ability to meet the requirements of ACN’s Nurse Executive Capability Framework on completion of the program.

Nightingale Challenge scholarships

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.

To find out more about the challenge download the Nightingale Challenge brochure or head to the Nursing Now website.

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 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