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About the program

The Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program challenges nurses who are passionate about advancing their career, while giving them the confidence to lead change in a rapidly reforming environment and make a difference to their community. Participants are developed and empowered through personal development, career coaching and learning sets. Graduates of the program will be equipped with the skills to lead health workplace cultures through innovation, redesign and change and have the ability to develop high performing teams that have a culture of success and achievement. For more information, including program objectives, outcomes and selection criteria please refer to the program flyer.

Program modules

  • Nursing leadership and strategy
  • Operational management and systems tools
  • Health economics and financial management
  • Clinical governance
  • Human resource management and communication

Past speakers

The inaugural Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program featured the following list of high calibre speakers. Stay tuned for the release of the 2020 Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program speaker lineup.

  • Dr Jennifer Bichel-Findlay FACN — Associate of the Faculty, Honorary, UTS
  • Professor Christine Duffield FACN — ACN President and Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management, UTS & ECU
  • Dr Liz Hanna FACN — Researcher, ANU and Chair Environmental Health Working Group
  • Adjunct Professor Susanne Hawes FACN — ACN Board Director and Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Top End Health Service
  • Mark Kearin FACN — Manager Member Organising Team, ANMF
  • Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms FACN (DLF) — Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
  • Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN — CEO, RN, M.Mgt, Dip.App.Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert., Wharton Fellow, MAICD
  • Dr Veronica Croome MACN — Former Chief Nurse, ACT Health
  • Dr Lynette Cusack MACN — Chair Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Tania Dufty MACN — ACN Director, Strategy
  • Flavia D’Ambrosio — Director – Workforce Culture and Leadership
  • Dr Christine Dennis — Chief Executive Officer, ACHS

Apply now

Applications for the next program intake, commencing on 24 February 2020, are now open. Apply now for this exclusive opportunity or register your interest to receive more information as soon as it is released.

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.

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 ($4,000pp) for two or more participants for our Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program. Contact leadership@acn.edu.au for more information.

Young nurse leaders
As the lead organisation for Nursing Now in Australia, ACN is proud to support the challenge by providing five $1,000 scholarships for the prestigious Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program to eligible applicants aged 35 or under. To find out more contact leadership@acn.edu.au.