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Emerging Nurse Leader program 2017 EMERGING NURSE LEADER PROGRAM GRADUATES

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PUBLISHER Australian College of Nursing 02 6283 3400 acn@acn.edu.au ABN: 48 154 924 642 © Australian College of Nursing 2018

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CONTENTS WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

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CEO WELCOME

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ENL COORDINATOR INTRODUCTION

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EMPOWERED TO LEARN – STAGE ONE

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EMPOWERED TO GROW – STAGE TWO

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EMPOWERED TO REACH – STAGE THREE

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EMPOWERED TO ACHIEVE – STAGE FOUR

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EMPOWERED TO LEAD – STAGE FIVE

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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) Program supports the recognition and development of leadership skills in early career nurses, empowering individuals with the opportunity to be the very best they can be and lead others with the same passion. ACN recognises the potential of our future generation of nurses and strives to cultivate future nurse leaders by supporting potential nurse leaders through a program of personal and professional growth. The ENL program is designed to help develop and engage future nurse leaders through vibrant, timely and progressive support from nursing’s pre-eminent professional organisation. Each successful participant will enter into a rewarding leadership journey where, with ACN’s support, they will grow in confidence and establish a strong career foundation and leadership direction. So if you are looking for an opportunity to engage with other likeminded emerging nurse leaders, if you have a desire to not only be the best nurse you can be but also to be part of Australia’s nursing future through innovative change and positive leadership, then this program is for you!

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CEO WELCOME

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR KYLIE WARD FACN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

As CEO of ACN, and as an advocate of nursing leadership, I am so proud of our Emerging Nurse Leader program, and more importantly our participants who have successfully completed this nine-month program. This eBook is a celebration of these special nurses, who I am certain will continue to grow and will go on to make a real contribution to the health of our community. At ACN we believe that all nurses are leaders, as patient advocates and members of multidisciplinary teams, and we love being able to develop the skills and confidence of early career nurses to empower them to excel in this role. Participants gain connections, tools and knowledge to achieve their personal and professional goals. With each new cohort, we meet and welcome a passionate group of nurses into our community. I would like to thank each of the participants, who you will see

in the pages ahead, for their commitment and enthusiasm to this program and our profession. The 2017 cohort of ENLs is a dynamic and capable group of nurses who have all grasped this opportunity and made it uniquely their own. I would also like to extend sincere thanks to our Fellows and Members who assisted with the leadership journeys of our ENL program participants through volunteering as ENL mentors and sharing their wealth of experience. Your generosity of spirit and commitment to giving back is what makes ACN so special. Finally, congratulations to each and every one of the 2017 ENL program participants. We will eagerly follow your careers, and as your ACN tribe we are always here to continue to support you. Stay in touch

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ENL COORDINATOR INTRODUCTION

STEFANIE DOSEN EMERGING NURSE LEADER COORDINATOR

Through my involvement in the ENL program I have the pleasure and privilege of meeting some amazing individuals. In its exclusive way, the ENL program allows individuals to step outside their comfort zone in a safe and supported environment. ENLs learn quickly what it means to be part of ACN through their participation in a range of program activities. The opportunities are endless and their journeys unique. I am proud to support a program that supports nurses to develop both personally and professionally. As the preeminent and national leader of the nursing profession, ACN has a responsibility to the profession to ensure that potential nurse leaders have access to the breadth of knowledge within the profession and in health care. Occupying a position of emerging nurse leader provides opportunities for those nurses to contribute to that knowledge.

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The ENL program is designed to develop skills, build confidence and provide opportunities for nurses to represent the nursing profession as leaders. In 2017, ENLs connected, motivated and encouraged each other. The bonds made within the group, as well with mentors, coaches and the ACN membership will continue long into their careers. Since 2012, ACN has coordinated the ENL program, empowering nurses to launch their leadership journey early in their career. The 2017 cohort now joins an accomplished and inspiring set of alumni. I congratulate the 2017 graduates on successfully completing the ENL program and wish them every success in the future. Warmest wishes


Being a nurse means being a leader. We believe all nurses, regardless of job title or years of experience, should inherently be leaders. By empowering nurses to embrace their leadership potential we can make change happen.

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EMPOWERED TO LEARN STAGE ONE

Participants focus on the identification of leadership qualities and skills. Participants identify their own potential leadership qualities and seek to recognise how these qualities may be utilised to enhance their professional learning.

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HOLLY MARTIN MACN “I am a passionate advocate for my patients and I strongly believe in patient education and empowerment.�

Being a part of the ENL program has given me many opportunities to explore my own strengths and limitations in leadership. Through the program, I have developed the confidence to take initiative and expand my abilities through organising and hosting events such as SmartCare3 and the International Nurses Day Morning Tea at the University of Notre Dame. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to sit on the expert panel and share my views and opinions with attendees. Afterwards, I had many students come and speak with me

asking advice. I love to mentor and help others in the development of their own careers and so I found this aspect very rewarding. Overall, I am exceptionally grateful to the Australian College of Nursing for giving me this opportunity. This program has given me the confidence to seek out and take opportunities I would otherwise have not known about. The chance to be a part of such a supportive and inspiring team has shown me how much it is possible for an individual to grow and develop when surrounded by like-minded people.

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JENNIFER HUMMELSHOJ MACN “Throughout my career in the Australian Government and now as a nurse, my motivation for both career paths is similar – I have always felt drawn to work that makes a difference.”

The ENL program has been valuable in assisting me to identify my strengths as a leader, and has broadened my perspective on how nurses can demonstrate leadership across both clinical and non-clinical settings. As someone who is embarking on a nursing career as a new career direction after 12 years working in government, I have tended to assume that the skills and

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experience acquired in my old job will not be relevant to my new role as a nurse. The ENL program has helped me to challenge this assumption, and I now recognise that many of my existing qualities, such as communication, critical thinking, policy development and stakeholder management skills, are skills that I will be able to draw upon throughout my nursing career.


JUDITH LEE MACN “During the ENL program, I sought opportunities for personal development. With access to mentors through the mentoring program and career coaching, I was inspired by their experiences, which inspired me to gain further education and knowledge into the field.”

Participation in the ACN mentoring for ENLs and career coaching programs provided invaluable information into the nursing pathways that I could choose. I found my career coach’s personal experience of nursing overseas inspiring, and her guidance regarding undertaking further research encouraged me to aim for further education in the form of a certificate or diploma after my Bachelor’s degree, as a way to learn from and contribute to the nursing community. With my mentor, I was able to develop an article for ACN’s publication NurseClick, maintaining

integrity in my writing and depicting an honest account of my experience in Vanuatu. From the activities I engaged in as part of the program, I feel that I have grown personally, gaining resilience and courage to reach for opportunities. Professionally, I have expanded my skills of reflection, adaptability to new situations, and understanding of the consumer’s experience. In my future practice I hope to bring the qualities developed during this time to strengthen my clinical practice, and continually strive for excellence.

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MITCHELL DAGGER MACN “Being a part of the ENL program has been amazing in further developing myself as an individual, which will be beneficial in both personal and professional aspects of my life.�

The ENL program was an amazing experience during my final year of undergraduate study in 2017. This program has been instrumental in advancing not only my confidence in organising social events, but also my ability to work in a team, both through distance and face-to-face commitments and finally understanding my leadership potential. Upon completion, I was able to thoroughly reflect on both the positives and negatives of the activities,

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ensuring that I gained all possible benefits from these activities as well as reflection on how to improve myself in the future, if the activities were to be repeated. The program allowed me to further develop my existing leadership skills and traits as well as develop new ones. It has allowed me to see who I am, honestly, as a person. I started to find myself taking all opportunities to be involved in ACN events and forums to enrich my experience as a member.


SUZANNE VOLEJNIKOVA-WENGER MACN “The ENL program was a wonderful way of networking, being challenged and developing my career as a nurse.”

For me, one of the best parts of the ENL program was the professional engagement. Returning to nursing was the best move I’ve made, and now I am relishing the opportunities to connect with others, particularly to engage with nurses, students and ACN. One of the many highlights of my career was attending the ACN National Nursing Forum in Sydney, where meeting others

and connecting with nurses from all over Australia was an inspiring experience. I am now even more motivated to make change happen, not only in my nursing circle but also in the wider nursing community. I really valued the networking opportunities. Meeting fellow ENLs, and feeling we belong to a special group, was a rewarding experience and made me feel part of something inspiring.

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TAMMIE BRENEGER MACN “I’ve always had a passion for helping others, developing knowledge in new areas and discovering opportunities to test my skills.”

The area of the ENL program that I gained the most from was the mentoring. I was matched with a wonderful mentor after providing a list of my aims and aspirations. From my time with my mentor, I have learned to harness my energy more effectively, improve my time management, increase my emotional intelligence and identify my leadership

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attributes. The program has allowed me to highlight my natural leadership skills, but more importantly, it has equipped me with the skills and connections to enhance my professional knowledge and identity. The program is geared in such a way that I could immerse myself without my studies suffering.


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Participants focus on identifying and analysing leadership qualities and skills. Participants identify and analyse their own leadership qualities and how these qualities can be developed to positively influence their own and others’ professional growth.

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ANDREA JANSEN VAN RENSBURG MACN “I’m excited and grateful to continue working with ACN and other Emerging Nurse Leaders to build on leadership skills and contribute to the nursing community.”

The ENL program has helped me grow personally and professionally by inspiring and motivating me, enhancing my knowledge and self-awareness relating to leadership qualities, and increased my ability to professionally engage beyond the clinical practice environment. It also helped me improve my communication skills and increase my confidence as a health professional. These combined skills enable me to be more assertive and help me understand how to influence and create change, as

well as practice to the best standards of care. Some of my most memorable and valuable accomplishments within the program include being the mentee of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO) of WA, attending the National Nursing Forum, representing ACN at events and engaging with nursing students, supervising a project plan, attending leadership events, networking with notable health professionals and connecting with other ENLs.

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CAROLINE IRLE MACN “I found all the networking events invaluable to be able to approach inspiring nurses, talk about their fields and seek career advice.�

The National Nursing Forum 2017 was the first ACN conference I attended. I found it very energising to meet with so many inspiring people and hear all the fantastic work being done to advance the nursing field. Having a career coach and mentor was a wonderful experience, to debrief on experiences with an external source, from a position of senior experience and knowledge, and seek advice on how to go forward. It was reassuring to debrief some crazy situations with them, share my own reflections and every time they would

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reframe it in a new direction getting me to consolidate and grow from every experience and put it in the context of my goals. I feel this year has really seen my resiliency shine. I have stronger belief in myself and my fear of my weaknesses partially drives my continuous need to learn, and to upskill for the safety of all. I feel I have engaged with patients, my colleagues and community and, while it takes a little getting used to being so well known, I feel honoured to hold a trusted and respected position in town.


CATELYN RICHARDS MACN “I am incredibly passionate about someday working among the global health community, but for now I am enjoying learning and growing as a junior nurse.”

The ENL program has been instrumental in giving me the confidence to seek new opportunities to develop myself as a health care professional. I have had the opportunity to meet incredible people, to submit my own ideas for workshopping, to develop my skills in public speaking and to dream about new ways to contribute to the Australian health care system. A highlight for me this year was attending the 2017 National Nursing Forum, which was pivotal in inspiring me to push myself to be a nursing leader. I was offered the chance to network with

so many nurses at different stages in their career, and to hear their insights on the contribution they have made to the nursing profession. I was also fortunate enough to be invited to present my narrative research poster entitled ‘Is the Cost of Caring Too High?’ at the Forum, and answer questions about my project with Forum delegates. Without support from the ENL program I would not have felt the confidence to undertake such an overwhelming task, and it is one that I am proud to have achieved so early in my career.

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CRAIG SULLIVAN MACN “I pursued a career in nursing as a means to give back to the community and empower the voice of those in their times of need.�

I found the ENL program extremely rewarding for both my personal growth and professional development. This program provided a structured outline of activities that were engaging and provided great opportunities as a new clinician. Facilitating concurrent sessions at the National Nursing Forum 2017 was an amazing opportunity where I experienced personal and professional growth. I have experience in public presentation but not in this format or

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location. I found it personally rewarding undertaking this experience. I also found it professionally rewarding as I was able to meet some extremely inspiring presenters. Overall, the program has been invaluable. It is hard to comprehend how far I have come in one year as a nurse. Some of which I can accredit to the opportunities and door opening that the program has provided. I look forward to continuing with the program.


LUCY OSBORN MACN “My goal is to be a role model for young nurses. I have a passion for continuing education, professional development and diversity.�

The ENL program has been an instrumental part of my development during my graduate year of nursing. I have been escorted through activities I would not have had the confidence to try, and succeeded in each. My knowledge, writing, listening and leadership skills have grown with the structure and guidance of the ENL program activities and initiatives. Every day I feel more confident, empowered and educated as a result of this program, which means I provide better care to my patients, improved mentoring for my peers and a

passion to further develop myself. I have become more self-aware of my strengths and weaknesses, keeping me focused and goal orientated. Being a leader is not always about being the person in charge, the person with the most knowledge or being the most senior person. Being a leader is about leading by example, empowering others and using your knowledge and scope of practice to the best of your ability. I hope I can continue to develop and be the best I can be, while empowering others to be their best too.

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MELANIE ESLICK MACN “I was mentored by two ACN members. Both were encouraging about my achievements this year and helped me set goals regarding my nursing future, facilitating meetings with nurse-managers working in environments where I see myself in the future.”

Speaking with two extremely experienced nurses, one an academic and the other a researcher, has fuelled my enthusiasm to pursue my goals. Inspired by them, I developed my ACN portfolio. I’ve written two articles published in The Hive. I wrote about my research internship to encourage student nurses to engage with research and to seek out similar opportunities, and to demonstrate that novice nurses

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(even introverts) can be heard – or read – by a diverse nursing audience. Being published gave me an alternative way to use my voice, but also to promote myself. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the piece from peers, and numerous friends have sent me pictures of the article hanging up on their tearoom noticeboards in our hospital! It’s directly responsible for at least three colleagues applying for the 2018 ENL program.


SARAH MOON MACN “I was so inspired by the presentations at the ACN National Nursing Forum, I joined the ENL program to develop my career. I love interacting with patients and I’m particularly interested in emergency care.”

I loved the Emergency Department. I enjoyed constantly assessing people, and I was treated like a team member. I thrived in this environment and learned so much. I learnt how to determine the extent to which someone was sick or critically ill. I felt heard, I pulled my weight and was respected for it. Critical thinking was my middle name, and I felt empowered. I want to be an emergency

nurse – caring for such a variety of patients in a demanding environment is exactly what I love about nursing. The ENL program enabled me to find ways of developing my skills as an emerging leader. I loved the ENL program, the opportunities it provided and the support it offered me. I am passionate. I love being a nurse, and I will fight to be a good nurse every day.

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Participants focus on developing leadership qualities and skills. Participants develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to professional activities.

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ADAM ROZSA MACN “Undertaking the ENL program has provided an opportunity for significant professional growth and development of skills in my nursing career.�

Engaging with the Member Mentoring Program was possibly the most beneficial aspect of the ENL program for me. The opportunity to take part in one-on-one dialogue about my work, with an experienced practitioner and leader in the field, proved invaluable to me. It was a novel opportunity being able to establish, build and forge a professional relationship. In our meetings over the course of the last six months, we discussed a range of topics from my daily nursing practice to broader

nursing issues, professional practices, and professional development specific to my skillset. Attending the ACN National Nursing Forum in Sydney opened my eyes to the diversity and standard of nursing practice in Australia. In contrast to the task-oriented nature of a typical shift on the ward, I was afforded an opportunity to listen and consider new ideas, recent research and reflections on practice that exemplified the new directions in which nursing practice is evolving.

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ANTONIA YIAKKOUPIS MACN “The ENL program addressed ways to make change happen, which is important to understand in order to implement new strategies in a health care system.�

During the Sydney National Nursing Forum, the webinars were a highlight for me, as I was able to engage and have open conversations with people in areas of the health industry that I am interested in and see myself working towards in a future career. They were able to give me valuable insights, and I was able to build a network of senior nurses and

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explore my career options as a future nurse leader. The program enabled me to reflect on the module material for the course and implement it into my current workplace. I was also able to make key contacts with other nurses in director roles and other RNs from other states through the ENL program.


ARIELA ROTHER MACN “I have a passion for nursing informatics and hope to be involved in this area for rural and remote Australia in the future. I’m excited to work and collaborate with future nurse leaders to reach our potential and make change happen on a local, national and international level.”

Learning more about leadership, and participating in many leadership activities this year, has opened my eyes to the important role nurses play in creating change. At the ACN National Nursing Forum, the focus was “Make change happen”, and so many of the sessions inspired me to make positive change in my nursing practice. It is great to be a part of a professional organisation that encourages future nurse leaders to engage and participate in education and networking activities,

and as a result, it really showed me that I have the potential to become the best leader I can be. The program has given me the confidence to say that I have a national nursing organisation that believes I have the capacity to make change happen. This gave me the courage to approach nurse leaders and management at my workplace to participate and contribute my leadership projects on my ward, which I otherwise would have never considered if not for the program.

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EMMA BUGDEN MACN “I am passionately interested in inspired leadership, effective and supportive management, building strong communities and rural and remote nursing practice.”

Professional development is an area of strength for me and an area of priority. The ENL program helped me extend my engagement into new areas such as policy representation and webinars. The assistance and encouragement to attend the National Nursing Forum was great. This was such an amazing opportunity to feel the pulse of the nursing profession in Australia, and to make contact with new and old

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professional connections. I was able to attend the Leadership Community of Interest breakfast in Sydney. This was an excellent opportunity and I really enjoyed the conversation there, especially around mentoring which is something that I take part in regularly in varied situations, and where I feel that I have something to contribute. I’ll be very interested to see how that conversation develops over the next year.


HANNAH SMITH MACN “I would like to contribute to projects that assist graduate nurses to transition into the workplace to ensure positive patient outcomes within a challenging environment.�

Throughout my nursing career, I have been actively engaged in the nursing profession. The last year, however, has allowed me to develop my involvement through active participation in ACN national and regional activities, along with other professional engagements. I believe that maintaining my connection is important for my professional growth. Exposure to nurse leaders and nursing leadership, for me, has been a major part of understanding the roles and the people who lead our profession. This

year I have been involved in career coaching and mentoring through the ACN, and I enjoy the opportunity to help an early career nurse to develop her career, and provide support to undergraduate nursing students. I believe that there is no better way to learn than to teach, and mentoring challenges me to reflect on my own pathway. I find it beneficial to look at the advice I give to others, and to reflect on what I might need address within myself.

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HOLLIE JAGGARD MACN “I’m enjoying the collegiality and mentorship the ENL program provides. I have a passion for education and learning, and I hope to combine this with leadership roles in the future.”

Throughout my nursing career, I have been actively engaged in the nursing profession. The last year, however, has allowed me to develop my involvement through active participation in ACN national and regional activities, along with other professional engagements. I believe that maintaining my connection is important for my professional growth. Exposure to nurse leaders and nursing leadership, for me, has been a major part of understanding the roles and the people who lead our profession. This

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year I have been involved in career coaching and mentoring through the ACN, and I enjoy the opportunity to help an early career nurse to develop her career, and provide support to undergraduate nursing students. I believe that there is no better way to learn than to teach, and mentoring challenges me to reflect on my own pathway. I find it beneficial to look at the advice I give to others, and to reflect on what I might need address within myself.


MELISSA LOCKWOOD MACN “The ENL program has opened my eyes to the many options available in nursing, and how I can go about pursuing these options to develop my career.�

Through participation in the ENL program, I have been exposed to nursing possibilities I did not even know existed. I was connected with a mentor, who nurtured and guided me through career decisions and recommendations, and educated me on her roles and responsibilities. I wanted to reflect on my mentor experience, because I see her as a true leader. I want to follow in her footsteps and be able to represent the nursing profession within an organisation. I want to be

able to lead and nurture nurses who, like me, are keen to see change within the profession. I am extremely grateful and words cannot describe how fortunate I am to be able to participate in the program. The program has not only provided me with professional development but also personal growth. It has been an amazing opening to participate actively in the profession, meet other nurse leaders, and discover leadership possibilities.

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ROSIE EASTOE MACN “I’m excited to continue to be part of the ENL program. I look forward to meeting others, continuing to learn every day and seeing where my nursing career takes me in the future.”

Through participation in the ENL program, I have been exposed to nursing possibilities I did not even know existed. I was connected with a mentor, who nurtured and guided me through career decisions and recommendations, and educated me on her roles and responsibilities. I wanted to reflect on my mentor experience, because I see her as a true leader. I want to follow in her footsteps and be able to represent the nursing profession within an organisation. I want to be

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able to lead and nurture nurses who, like me, are keen to see change within the profession. I am extremely grateful and words cannot describe how fortunate I am to be able to participate in the program. The program has not only provided me with professional development but also personal growth. It has been an amazing opening to participate actively in the profession, meet other nurse leaders, and discover leadership possibilities.


Could you be one of our next Emerging Nurse Leaders? ACN’s prestigious Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) program empowers current and future nurse leaders to achieve their goals and aspirations through personal and professional development. Entry to the program is merit-based and all program benefits are supported by ACN. Head to www.acn.edu.au/enl to find out more and register your interest.

PERKS OF THE PROGRAM

12 month ACN membership

ENL mentoring program

Invitations to exclusive ACN events

Full registration for the ACN National Nursing Forum

Networking with high profile nurse leaders

Opportunity to build a profile within the profession

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Participants focus on developing leadership qualities and skills. Participants develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to develop capacity in their teams.

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SAMANTHA PETRIC MACN “This program has encouraged and challenged me in many ways that I didn’t expect. Meeting other members and having exposure to the many facets of nursing really opened my mind to opportunities that exist outside of ward nursing.”

I spoke with the International Council of Nurses and numerous people at the ACN National Nursing Forum. I have been able to mentor two different people, which helped to develop my leadership skills. Mentoring has challenged me to set goals, set time limits and to be strategic about what to do next. I have been invited to guest lecture with undergraduate nurses and Aboriginal Health Practitioners. I have had the

chance to talk with influential nurses and ask them, how did you get to where you are today? I have been able to talk with other ENL participants and see what everyone is doing and how driven we all are. These examples have helped me to find what my place might be in nursing, where I see myself in five years’ time, the opportunities that are available and to be connected to the nursing profession.

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SZE WAI WU MACN “I learnt that nursing has advanced as a profession because of the strong leadership in the past. For us to continue to develop, transformational leadership is needed.�

The ACN National Nursing Forum emphasis on leadership was a great learning experience. The speeches from various speakers had resonance on the importance of nursing leadership in various aspects, such as cultural safety, informational health technology and nursing education. There are still some changes needed in Australian health care, such as better access in the regional and remote areas and providing more consumer centred care. Making a change would be difficult, but

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with perseverance and willingness, a leader would be able to find those who are willing to follow. I am an introverted person and I believed that I was not born as a leader. The speakers in the forum made me believe otherwise. Being a leader is more than having the right personality, it is the interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and the situational awareness that matters. In the future, I will continue to seek leadership skills training and seek out opportunities to make a change in my area of practice.


TONI SHERRIFF MACN “During my participation in the ENL program, I have obtained skills and techniques that will enable me to become a positive and influential nurse leader.�

I undertook a wide range of learning opportunities that were available to me through the program, such as workshops, webinars and symposiums. I attempted to complete as many activities as I could, and enjoyed the networking opportunities and connecting with a variety of people. I have gained incredible skills in leadership, which

is enabling me to move forward in my career. I recently applied for a Level 7 After Hours Manager position within my hospital and I was successful. The development I have seen in myself and my career has been invaluable. I honestly believe that is due to the networking opportunities and exposure to different activities while in ENL program.

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Participants focus on developing strong leadership qualities and skills. Participants continue to develop their own leadership qualities and apply them to leading organisational change.

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EMILY WARDELL MACN “Being self-aware and using emotional intelligence, understanding your strengths and values, has a profound impact in how you communicate and lead a team.�

Completing the ENL capability workbook provided a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the insights this program offered. I believe that everyone owns leadership. I have realised it is your own responsibility to be involved and engage with others, collaborate across organisations and drive your own education. This will, in turn, enhance your ability to innovate, think creatively and shape systems within your organisation and across health industries, achieving outcomes along the way. The ENL program has given me the

opportunity to meet, connect with and learn from many inspiring people across Melbourne and Australia. Having the opportunity to attend events and develop my leadership skills has had a profound impact and influence on my vision for the future. I now see the bigger picture of nursing and health care, and value the power collaborative organisations have to achieve common goals. I will continue to own and develop my own leadership style and apply this to leading people and organisational change.

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ACN was proud to accept the above gift from the ENL 2017 program participants. A collection of individual artistic expressions of what it meant to them to be part of ACN and the ENL program. Collated by: Ariela Rother MACN Stage 3 ENL 2018

Emerging Nurse Leader program

2017 Emerging Nurse Leader Program Graduates  

ACN's Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) Program supports current and up-and-coming nurse leaders to develop the confidence, skills and connections...

2017 Emerging Nurse Leader Program Graduates  

ACN's Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) Program supports current and up-and-coming nurse leaders to develop the confidence, skills and connections...