Nurses keen to develop their leadership skills and professional knowledge will be given access to some of Australia’s most high-profile nursing leaders with the new Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Institute of Leadership.
“ACN is proud to invest in the future of our nursing workforce by launching the Australian College of Nursing Institute of Leadership,” said ACN Chief Executive Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN.
“Nurses influence organisations by driving team cultures and practices that improve patient safety and experience. Nursing leadership and management is complex and demands tailored knowledge and expertise. Through the ACN Institute of Leadership the programs have been developed and will be delivered by internationally and nationally renowned nursing experts.
ACN President, Professor Christine Duffield FACN, made the announcement on the first day of the National Nursing Forum. The initiative will bring together ACN’s current Emerging Nursing Leader (ENL) program, the recently launched and successful Mid-Career Nursing Leadership Program and the Executive Nurse Program which will be launched in 2020.
To complement these programs ACN will host an exclusive leadership series with outstanding industry leaders from sport, politics and business, as guest speakers around the country.
“We have enlisted Australia’s transgender campaigner and cricket writer Catherine McGregor to commence our new leadership series which will be held in Canberra in October,” said Adjunct Professor Ward.
“ACN is committed to raising the profile of nursing as the lead organisation of the global Nursing Now Campaign in Australia. The launch of the ACN Institute of Leadership will coincide with 2020 being the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the final year of the Nursing Now Campaign, as well as Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.”