Featured Image: 2022 Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Emerging Nurse Leaders at the 2022 National Nursing Forum (NNF) in Darwin, Northern Territory. Source: Nasiba Faiz MACN
Starting a new career can be a daunting but exciting experience. Between placements, study, figuring out where you want to go in your career, and managing others’ expectations of you and your skills, the early-career nurse has a lot on their plate.
To support Australia’s early-career nurses to launch their career, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) runs the Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) program. Held over the course of nine months, participants receive invaluable access to develop their leadership skills and confidence as well as opportunities for career building, such as through coaching, mentoring and professional development.
Held in five stages to reflect the different stages of an early career, ENLs utilise the program to fulfill their unique development needs and goals.
As the 2023 program kicks off, we spoke to some of the 2022 ENL alumni about what they got the most out of the program.
2022 Stage One ENL
“The most valuable and practical takeaway from my Stage One ENL journey was it broadened my horizons by connecting me with like-minded nurse leaders in Queensland and across Australia. Also, I was able to develop my leadership qualities through publishing articles and co-organising the National Nurses Breakfast at my university.”
Lyndel Echter MACN
2022 Stage Three ENL
“The importance of seeking educational opportunities and professional growth in all settings. Formal and informal. Mentorship via ACN from leaders within the nursing profession is both humbling and inspiring.”
Kate Ledger MACN
2022 Stage Two ENL
“You get out of this program what you put in. So, taking opportunities when they arise and seeking out engagement opportunities is super beneficial, and links you up with some great people. The program has offered me guidance with my own career trajectory and has provided some really great tips and tricks for tailoring your career progress towards your goals. I wouldn’t have been able to have such insight without the guidance of my mentor in 2022 and my connections with the Disaster Health Faculty.”
2022 Stage One ENL
“The most valuable takeaway by far, has been the incredible networking opportunities. Regardless of where other ENLs are located, we have found a beautiful way to connect, support and inspire one another. Lifelong friendships have been forged.”
Applications are still open for the 2024 Emerging Nurse Leader Program. We are proud to support nurses across all stages of their careers, from the day a nurse commences their studies through to post-retirement. Learn more about the way ACN supports nurses in their career development on our website.