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YEAR IN REVIEW 2019–2020



CONTENTS Introduction 2 Achieving milestones

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Standing on a global stage

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Acknowledging our leaders

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Creating strong networks

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Advocating for better health care

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Amplifying our nursing voice

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Strengthening connections

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Nurturing our leaders

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Providing learning avenues

106

Supporting you

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Championing change

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Fighting COVID-19 together

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Keeping you informed

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Taking you behind the scenes

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Introduction


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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Professor Christine Duffield FACN

Welcome to the latest edition of the Year in Review. This past year, which also marked the WHO designated International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, has been life-changing for many of us in so many ways. Drought, bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, created unprecedented challenges for our health and aged care systems, and in turn, our nurses. Despite the professional and personal difficulties experienced by many, and which some may still be experiencing, nurses rose to the occasion. As Champions of Change nurses had to adapt to new ways of delivering care; retired nurses re-joined our profession; nurses upskilled or retrained to move between acute, non-acute and aged care sectors as demands changed. The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) supported these champions in a variety of ways. To assist the COVID-19 response, we collaborated with the Federal Government which funded 3,000 scholarships for Registered Nurses to complete the ACN Refresher Program in March 2020. In April 2020, the ACN Board provided 500 scholarships for Enrolled Nurses to complete the course, an investment of $550,000. Our COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Expert Advisory Group, comprising ACN Fellows and Members, has been working to 4

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remove barriers to nurses delivering care in the community and enable funding and resources that will allow them to provide care for people in their homes and via telehealth. To help address nursing workforce shortages, we were able to provide free advertising of job vacancies on the ACN Career Hub to connect nurses looking for work. Importantly, we are taking every opportunity to highlight nurses’ professional issues and their exceptional work across media channels. As we move inevitably towards a digital health care system, an important piece of work in promoting nurse leadership was defining the Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) role. The Position Statement Leading digital health transformation: The value of Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) roles recognises that CNIOs are essential to optimising the adoption and ongoing use of information and technology to improve patients’ care and their outcomes. Our ACN Policy Chapters continue to provide expertise as we work with and influence government and policy makers. The Board has approved a total of nine Position Statements and White Papers in the past year that reflect ACN’s position on various nursing-related matters. In response to our members’ interests, we launched the Emissions Reduction Policy Chapter which will focus on reducing our carbon footprint through nursing leadership.

The ACN Foundation is yet another initiative through which we assist nurses to effect positive change in Australia’s health and aged care systems. For the first time, we were able to grant four $5,000 scholarships to our members to undertake a Nursing Study Tour to South Africa. We also launched our prestigious ACN Foundation Policy Fellows Academic Program believed to be the first in Australia. Improving professional practice through education is an integral part of achieving ACN’s objectives. We enrolled 846 nurses into our Graduate Certificates in February 2020 – the highest in the history of ACN, proof that ACN continues to excel as an education provider. In closing, I would like to acknowledge the contribution that our Fellows and Members make to the work of ACN but more importantly, to the health and aged care sectors. Whether you are working or not, whether you are a clinician, researcher, manager or educator, without you we would not have achieved much of what we have in this past year. Thank you for contributing your expertise, your time and your energy. We look forward to a less challenging year but confident that the can-do attitude of nurses will ensure we continue to be Champions of Change. Regards, Christine


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CEO WELCOME Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN

Reflecting on the last 12 months makes me immensely proud to be a nurse and part of our exceptional tribe. In the face of unimaginable obstacles and unprecedented circumstances, our profession has gone from strength to strength. Drought, bushfires, floods and a global pandemic – no challenge has withheld nurses from showing up to ensure all Australians receive expert care. And none of our accomplishments would have been possible without the unflinching support and contribution of our Fellows and Members. It is thanks to your work-ethic, experience and expertise that the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has been able to make tremendous gains in its mission to advance nurse leadership across Australia over the last year. In 2019, we pioneered the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Institute of Leadership and within it, the Nurse Executive Leadership Framework as well as the successful Let’s Talk Leadership series. We launched the neo mobile app to allow a better way for our tribe to connect with each other. Our annual signature event, the 2019 National Nursing Forum (NNF) witnessed a record number of delegates and received a tremendous response from everyone who attended. Importantly, we announced our commitment to honour Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM by working with 6

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The Australian War Memorial and the ACN Foundation to erect a commemorative sculpture in the grounds of the Memorial. We welcomed 2020, Year of the Nurse and the Midwife – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to globally celebrate our profession – by kicking off the 2020 campaign to honour you and your work. Little did we anticipate that the world would soon see for itself what we are capable of. We have proven that you, our nurses, are the backbone of the Australian health. I have been humbled by the selflessness, compassion and courage I have witnessed in the face of adversity, personal loss and the ever-present uncertainty of COVID-19. Every day, you brave hardship and violence. You risk so much to care for others’. You work through the unending emotional and physical exhaustion and make a difference in the lives of millions. You show up. Every single time. As the COVID-19 crisis intensified, we realigned our focus to support you through educational initiatives and advocacy. We ensured that your professional issues were highlighted, and your work extensively showcased through media channels. Together, our tribe is tirelessly working to make sure that our collective nursing voice is heard loud and clear at all levels of decision-making. Our profession received this acknowledgement from national and

global leaders — Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison, Health Minister The Hon Greg Hunt MP and the Royal family on International Nurses Day, 2020. It is a true testimony to our profession’s unwavering dedication to improving Australia’s heath care system. I would like to thank you all – especially our Region and COI leadership teams, Policy Chapters and those who volunteer in other essential ways – for creating a community that we all remain connected to, inspired by and informed with. It has not been easy to adapt to the new ways of living and working, but thanks to the ‘can-do’ attitude nurses are so famous for, we continue to flourish, and strengthen our connections. I was also heartened to see us coming together to create a safe space for sharing our concerns and giving each other positive messages of encouragement in the NurseStrong group. I cannot stress enough the sense of upliftment and kinship I feel when I witness the daily camaraderie you all show as part of this very special support system. ACN is proud to represent members of this profession, who turn up every day with conviction, dignity and humility – and not just in a crisis. It is indeed the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and as we move ahead, we will continue to raise the profile of nursing. Remember, we are powerful individually and unstoppable together. Warm regards, Kylie


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2020 media kit downloads

6,482

Enrolments in the immunisation course

2,269

Nurse Executive Capability Framework downloads

NURSE EXECUTIVE CAPABILITY FRAMEWORK

Graduate Certificate students

2,960

www.acn.edu.au

2,453

Emerging Nurse Leader program Increase in NurseStrong members

423%

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NurseStrong calendar downloads

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ENLs completed the program in 2019

ENLs (comprising both Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses) commenced in the 2020 cohort


Total downlaods of neo app

Increase in membership

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Number of logins on neo forum

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Increase in Affilliates

49%

Registrations on Career Hub

2,000+

Number of NurseClick pageviews

76,000 Number of Roadshow attendees

Number of 2019 National Nursing Forum attendees

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Number of views for Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP International Nurses Day video over

2.5 million

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Standing on a global stage


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2020 YEAR OF THE NURSE AND THE MIDWIFE The year of 2020 was a historic one for nurses and midwives the world over, declared by World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. ACN took this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recognise our profession on a global scale and launched the 2020 celebration website, inviting nurses all over Australia to be part of the celebrations. In 2020, we endeavoured to honour the past champions who changed the course of nursing history; celebrate present-day visionaries whose outstanding expertise is currently transforming the Australian health care system; and nurture those who will shape our profession’s future. ACN defined the theme of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife as Champions of Change. We created an exciting 50-day countdown to the 2020 celebration website and encouraged you to spread the word. The website featured: • The four special themes to acknowledge and celebrate nurses – Acknowledging past champions, Being change champions, Identifying future champions and Empowering inner champions • A celebration menu to help you raise the profile of nursing and empower yourselves to be nurse leaders through education and leadership programs • A virtual inspiration wall for you to give a shout-out to a nurse that has inspired you during your own nursing journey • An events calendar containing details of all the events organised by ACN throughout the year • A media kit of resources for you to use in spreading the word and joining in the celebration – including a fact sheet, digital poster, social media banners and logos.

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Read more about 2020 Celebration Roadshows on page 98


SOME SHOUT-OUTS FROM OUR 2020 VIRTUAL INSPIRATION WALL

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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

Registrations for National Nurses Breakfast

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International Nurses Day webpage views

Proud to be a Nurse webpage views

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On May 12 2020, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) celebrated International Nurses Day (IND) with our nurses all over the country. And in 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, celebrations were even more special. For the first time in the history of the profession as well as ACN, Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP and Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP nationally acknowledged and thanked you for your work, especially in safeguarding the health of Australians during COVID-19. Over 2.5 million viewed the Prime Minister’s congratulatory video we shared across our social media channels. In another first, our Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers joined ACN President Professor Christine Duffield FACN and ACN CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN to send their thanks and support to the nursing community on this special occasion. The video message garnered over 45,000 views. Like every year, we called upon you to join us for the ACN National Nurses Breakfast. 16

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This year, taking into consideration restrictions that arose through the COVID-19 pandemic, we encouraged nurses to take time out for themselves during the IND week and treat themselves to a self-care breakfast. We were proud to see, for the first time ever, celebratory flags that fluttered on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra

during IND week. ACN also launched the IND webpage as well as the Proud to be a Nurse campaign. Our staff too celebrated with heart-warming stories shared by our nurse educators during a special IND virtual breakfast.

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(Top:) The Hon Scott Morrison MP with Nikki Johnston OAM MACN, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN and Matt Luther OAM FACN for IND (bottom) Professor Christine Duffield FACN with Nikki Johnston OAM MACN and Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN at Parliament House to meet Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP for IND

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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officers across Australia, along with Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN and Christine Duffield FACN congratulated nurses on IND

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Thank you for your leadership Kylie. Happy International Nurses Day #NursesDay2020 #ACN ALISON HUTTON FACN

Happy International Nurses Day. #ACNBreakfast watching our PM wishing us well. Thank u Kylie Ward for your amazing leadership. Thank you to all the compassionate nurses making a difference in all walks of life. SAMANTHA JAKIMOWICZ MACN

Happy International Nurses Day to every Nurse and their incredible contribution to the health care of our community. Celebrating with my beautiful colleagues Beth and Bernie #ACNBreakfast #YearoftheNurseAU #IND2020 #NursingNow BELYNDA JANE ABBOTT FACN

Celebrating International Nurses Day in the International Year of the Nurse & Midwife. #ACNBreakfast ALAN EADE MACN

Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP on International Nurses Day...Let’s get support all year and for next 10 years. Well done Kylie Ward. MICHELE RUMSEY FACN

Fantastic to see Kylie Ward there with the PM to mark #IND and #2020Internationalyearofthenurse Thank you for acknowledging #nurses GABRIELLE PREST FACN

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For the first time in the history of the profession and ACN, celebratory flags fluttered on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra during the IND week.

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(Top left): Sue Hughes FACN and Jane Springall MACN holding the Hobart Mercury featuring Jacob Roberts MACN and Tasmanian Region Chair Nancy Arnold FACN; (top right): ACN Member Emma Sills MACN and her team from Innisfail Hospital featured on IND; nurses participate in National Nurses Breakfast on IND

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ACN nurse Kate Reed MACN featured in The Canberra Times on IND

Northeast Wangaratta Hospital staff and ACN’s 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife campaign featured in the Wangaratta Chronicle on IND

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Northeast Health Wangaratta staff celebrates IND

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The Australian College of Nursing Fellowship is a prestigious honour bestowed upon Members of the organisation for their significant contribution to the profession. Our newly appointed Fellows, through their exemplary work and nurse leadership, have advanced the nursing profession and have paved the way for the next generation of nursing to show the way forward in Australian health care and beyond.

Adjunct Professor John G Kelly AM FACN (DLF) • Served as President of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Board and now the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Council • Formed a collaboration between ACN and the Heart Foundation to support ACN’s NurseStrong • Has held many high-level leadership positions such as Director and Chair of the Smith Family charity and Aged Care Commissioner

Nancy Arnold FACN • Chair of Tasmania Network • Successfully rolled out a start-up for organisational Home Care Packages (HCP) for Tasmanians • Responsible for developing and implementing the graduate program ‘Introduction to Emergency Nursing’

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Dianna Burr FACN

Sharon Downman FACN

• Chair Goulburn-Murray Region

• A lead in two of the biggest Queensland digital eHealth projects

• Developed evidence to support a new model of undergraduate nursing education now being used within higher education and vocational education organisations • Organisational representative on critical project work that secured a state-of-the-art health training facility for vocational students

Tania Dufty FACN • Led the successful implementation of the first Australian public nurse-led Walk in Centre in ACT • Co-author of a systematic review to implement a pilot of medical consultations via telehealth to rural and remote patients presenting to Emergency Department with no medical officer available • Member of the ACN Workforce Sustainability Policy Chapter

• Deputy Chair of Nursing Informatics Community of Interest • Second nurse in Australia to complete her Certification in Health Informatics Australasia

Adjunct Professor Alanna Lorette Geary FACN • Established the Divisional Nursing Research unit at Metro North Hospital and Health Service which was instrumental in the evolution of nurse-led research in cancer care • Appointed as the inaugural Deputy Chair of the Workforce Sustainability Policy Chapter • Participated in the establishment of the National Nursing Executive Group

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Melinda Hassall FACN • Has secured funding in the field of blood born viruses and sexually transmissible infections for education opportunities for nurses • Secretariat Support for Brisbane Region since 2017 • Represented ACN on the international stage at the International Council of Nurses and Pfizer adult immunisation workshop in Paris, France

• PhD thesis focused on antenatal care for pregnant adolescents • Key resource in promoting ACN to the membership base in Western Australia

Joanne Mapes FACN

• Played a pivotal role in the development of standards and codes of practice for nurses and midwives in Tasmania

• Elected to the Victorian Nursing and Midwifery Board in 2018

• Part of the leadership team with the ACN Tasmanian Region

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• Passionate advocate for age appropriate care for pregnant adolescents

Susan Hughes FACN

• Developed and delivered (1996-1998) a post graduate Paediatric Course

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Doctor Deborah Ireson FACN

• Key role in developing and implementing the Professional Framework ‘The Domains of Practice’ at Eastern Health • Implemented state-wide Hospital in the Home (HITH) review and development of the HITH guidelines


Professor Brett Mitchell FACN • An internationally and nationally recognised expert within the field of infection, prevention and control • Published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has secured $1.9 million in research grants

Robyn Quinn FACN • Member of the global curriculum development committee for Pain Education for nurses • Inaugural Deputy Chair of the Chronic Disease Policy Chapter • First nurse elected to the Council of the Australian Pain Society

• Led Tasmania to become the first Australian state to publicly report infection rates

Kalpana Raghunathan FACN • Instrumental in redesigning the curriculum and program delivery of several nursing education programs • Deputy Chair for ACN Victoria Melbourne Region since January 2018 • Contributing author for several nursing text books

Adjunct Professor Anna Shepherd FACN (Hon) • Founding member of the University of Sydney Nursing School Primary Health Care Leadership Forum • The only Australian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneur Owner/President Manager Program in 2010 • Through her own company, has advanced the role of Registered Nurses within the community through a number of significant best practice models focussing on improving quality and safety of care delivery

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NETWORKS Our incredible, member-led Networks all over Australia create opportunities for you to engage with your own State and Territory. Networks are underpinned by ACN’s Regions which allow you to connect with Members in your area. Each Network is headed by a State Chair. Importantly, the State Chair represents the ACN Chief Executive Officer in their designated Network at external meetings and liaises with political leaders and other stakeholders.

CHRIS O’DONNELL MACN STATE CHAIR QLD

DR JENNIFER-WELLER NEWTON FACN STATE CHAIR VIC

KATHRYN BAIRD MACN STATE CHAIR ACT

MOIRA NOONAN MACN STATE CHAIR SA

ROBYN QUINN FACN STATE CHAIR NSW

TONY DOLAN MACN STATE CHAIR WA

The State Chairs are supported by the Region leadership teams, each consisting of a Regional Chair, Deputy Chair, Communication Coordinator and Secretariat Support.

NANCY ARNOLD FACN STATE CHAIR TAS

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ACN REGIONS

QUEENSLAND – NORTH WEST

QUEENSLAND – CENTRAL

NORTHERN TERRITORY – NORTH

NEW SOUTH WALES – CENTRAL & FAR WEST

NORTHERN TERRITORY – CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

NEW SOUTH WALES – MURRUMBIDGEE

QUEENSLAND – BRISBANE

NSW

Central & Far West

NEW SOUTH WALES – SYDNEY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA VICTORIA – GEELONG VICTORIA – MELBOURNE TASMANIA

VICTORIA – GOULBURN & MURRAY

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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REGION LEADERSHIP TEAMS Two new Regions have been created in the ACN engagement structure, the Murrumbidgee Region and the Queensland Northwest Region. We would like to thank our Region leadership teams who have volunteered their time to strengthen the membership in their respective areas and continue engaging with Fellows and Members, especially during COVID-19.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales– Central & Far West

CHAIR Kath Baird MACN

CHAIR Jennifer Manning MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Rowena Hogan MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Maryanne Podham MACN

New South Wales– Murrumbidgee CHAIR Amanda Moses MACN

New South Wales– Sydney CHAIR Robyn Quinn FACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Meagen Bransgrove MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Kathryn Anderson MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Tim Kuen MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Patience Moyo MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Dr Samantha Jakimowicz MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Nick Hayward MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Julie Strukovski MACN

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Northern Territory–Central

Northern Territory–North

Queensland–Brisbane

DEPUTY CHAIR Michele Smith MACN

CHAIR Julie Domanski MACN

CHAIR Chris O’Donnell MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Reinier Cadacio MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Nicole Norman MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Rhonda Gartrell MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Jessie Anderson MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Beaudan Dupen MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Ariela Rother MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Melinda Hassall FACN

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Queensland–Central SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Laura Keldoulis MACN

Queensland–North West

South Australia

Tasmania

CHAIR Moira Noonan MACN

CHAIR Nancy Arnold FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Alyson Smith MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Sue Hughes FACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Julie Tansing MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Jane Springall MACN

CHAIR Jodi Brown MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Michael Eades MACN

Victoria–Geelong DEPUTY CHAIR Margaret Byrne MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Carollyn Williams FACN

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Victoria–Goulburn & Murray

Victoria–Melbourne

Western Australia

CHAIR Dianna Burr FACN

CHAIR Dr Jennifer-Weller Newton FACN

CHAIR Anthony Dolan MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Lyn Brett MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Kalpana Raghunathan FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Basil Paulose MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Tiffany McKay MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Catelyn Richards MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Rebecca Newton MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Janette Webster MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Aaliya Fanham MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Patricia McEvoy MACN

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REGIONS IN FOCUS New South Wales – Sydney

Tasmania

Queensland – Brisbane

The Region continued to engage participants of ACN’s Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) program to help inform its yearly educational program.

The Tasmania Region had a packed calendar of events throughout 2019–2020. Members were treated to a wide variety of CPD events, including:

The Leadership Team partnered with the Community and Primary Health Care COI and the Next Generation COI to secure Professor Philip Darbyshire as a speaker.

Highlights included:

• Dr. Mary Pat Couig, US Public Health Service, presented Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the United States: Nursing Leadership & Opportunities to Advance the Field

• An educational event to promote and create awareness about nursing leadership, patient safety and safety culture among health care professionals • A session titled Paediatric nursing in emergency and high-security contexts by Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.

Western Australia The WA Region conducted several events throughout the year. Highlights included: • An event to promote blood management in the clinical environment • A leadership event, focusing on developing leadership attributes and better communication skills for nurses and other health care professionals • 2017 WA Nurse of the Year Amy Wallace presented Putting the whole in holistic care. This event was an opportunity to gain insight into a career in mental health nursing and to increase understanding of the physical health needs of mental health patients.

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• Cheryl Carr MACN – Deputy Project Director – Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Redevelopment, presented What goes into building a Redeveloped Hospital and how do nurses get their voices heard? • The Region also had a highly successful International Nurses Day. In partnership with the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife, and with the support of Hobart City Council, Hobart City public spaces were lit up blue in recognition of nurses’ contribution throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Region gained significant media attention for their efforts, including being on the front cover of the newspaper as well as appearing in TV and radio interviews • The Region’s leadership team represented ACN and presented at the 2020 Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery Conference.

Victoria – Melbourne The Melbourne Region was able to organise several events to engage members last year. Highlights included: • In 2019, the Melbourne Region saw record attendance for their annual Gertrude Berger Oration & Symposium. The theme, Health for all? Addressing the needs of socially isolated and marginalised people was addressed by Dr Ruth De Souza FACN and a panel of diverse speakers • Other well attended events included the Improving Men's Health presentation and Becoming and Being a Nurse Leader – a webinar for which significant positive member feedback was received.


(Top): Gertrude Berger Oration & Symposium in Melbourne Region (Bottom left): Tasmanian Region celebrate International Nurses Day through a Zoom meeting (Bottom right): Tasmanian Region's Nurses and Their Stories session

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COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST (COI) LEADERSHIP TEAMS

Nurse Informatics History

Cosmetic Nursing Disaster Health

Rural Nursing & Midwifery Clinical Product Advisors Next Generation

National Nursing Executive Climate & Health Leadership

Chief Nursing Informatics Officers Enrolled Nurses Military Nursing Community & Primary Health Care Advanced Practice Healthy Ageing International Nursing Legal & Ethical Issues

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Adolescent and Young People CHAIR Professor Alison Hutton FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan MACN

Advanced Practice CHAIR Christopher O’Donnell MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Chris Raftery MACN

Chief Nursing Informatics Officers CHAIR Aaron Jones MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Kate Renzenbrink MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Sally Duncan MACN

Climate & Health CHAIR Dr Frances Peart FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Jacob Roberts MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Catelyn Richards MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Helen Truscott MACN

Clinical Product Advisors SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Julia Suarez MACN

CHAIR Robyn Quinn FACN

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Community & Primary Health Care CHAIR Kitty Hutchison MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Adjunct Professor Anna Shepherd FACN (Hon)

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Suzanne VolejnikovaWenger MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Alan Merritt MACN

Cosmetic Nursing CHAIR Robin Curran MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Shelby O’Toole MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Kelly Beasy MACN

Enrolled Nurses CHAIR Shauna Wilson MACN

Healthy Ageing CHAIR Kay Richards FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Dr Bridget Laging MACN

Disaster Health DEPUTY CHAIR Dr Karen Hammad MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Sitt Rees MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Susannah Slykerman MACN

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History

Leadership

Legal and Ethical Issues

CHAIR Marilyn Gendek FACN

CHAIR Dr Catriona Booker FACN

CHAIR Scott Trueman MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Lesley Potter FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Associate Professor Karen Clark-Burg MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Dr Dale Pugh FACN

International Nursing CHAIR Elizabeth Matters FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Caroline Browne MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Debra Pittam MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Loretta Woodford MACN

Military Nursing CHAIR MAJ Dr Amanda Garlick MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR LT Anthony Russell FACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Melissa Hozjan MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR LT Benjamin Jenkins MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Dr Ylona Chun Tie MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Lauren McCabe MACN

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National Nursing Executive Group CHAIR Bernadette Twomey MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Adjunct Professor Susanne Angelika Hawes FACN

Next Generation

Nurse Informatics

Rural Nursing & Midwifery

CHAIR Adjunct Professor Naomi Dobroff FACN

CHAIR Heather Keighley MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Sharon Downman FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Elizabeth Smith MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Lavanya Naidoo MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Jennifer Smith MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Rebecca Jedwab MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Paula Pianta MACN

CHAIR Lucy Osborn MACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Andrea Jansen MACN

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR Nick Hayward MACN

SECRETARIAT SUPPORT Ariela Rother MACN

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COIs IN FOCUS Community and Primary Health Care COI

Chief Nursing Information Officers & Nurse Informatics COI

The Community and Primary Health Care (CPHC) COI had a successful year advocating for and raising awareness of our CPHC nurses. The COI was the driving force behind Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week, which ran from 16–22 September 2019. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the work of CPHC nurses and recognise their value within the health care system. Almost 3,000 people attended celebratory events held around the country, and 10,000 thank you cards were distributed to CPHC nurses Australia wide.

Both the Nurse Informatics (NI) and Chief Nursing Informatics Officers (CNIO) COIs had a busy year championing and promoting the value of informatics in the health care system. The NI COI continued their Demystifying Nurse Informatics campaign which was promoted at the 2019 NNF, and the CNIO COI released their highly anticipated Position Statement Leading digital health transformation: The value of Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) roles.

Members of the COI made significant contributions to the work of ACN’s COVID-19 Workforce Solutions Expert Advisory Group (EAG). The COI also ran a standing-room only concurrent session at the 2019 National Nursing Forum (NNF) in partnership with the Advanced Practice COI.

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Cosmetic Nursing COI The Cosmetic Nursing COI had a strong start to 2020, organising and facilitating a full-day program at the three-day Cosmedicon Conference in Sydney – the largest cosmetic and aesthetic conference in the Southern Hemisphere. The program was opened by Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN and followed by talks from Yvonne Mckinlay FACN and members of the COI leadership team. Presentation topics included postgraduate education, telehealth practices, and legal and ethical issues faced by cosmetic nurses.

New Communities of Interest Two new COIs have been launched in the past year. Enrolled Nurses COI: Open to those interested in Enrolled Nursing issues or who are/were an Enrolled Nurse. International Nursing COI: The forum is intended to provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, advice and tips regarding integrating into an overseas practice environment both moving into and out of Australia.

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PLATINUM

OUR VALUED AFFILIATES The past year, many new Affiliate Partners have joined our incredible network of organisations across Australia. By joining ACN as an Affiliate Partner, organisations are making an important and valuable investment in their nursing staff, granting access to their peak nursing body, furthering leadership and professional development opportunities, and creating an opportunity for them to attend our annual National Nursing Forum. Our Platinum and Gold Affiliates are given exclusive access to VIP events, including the Parliamentary Breakfast. Affiliate Partners were also invited to attend our inaugural Affiliate Breakfast at NNF 2019. ACN’s Affiliate network contributes to the strengthening of the collective voice of the nursing profession and continuing advancement of nurse leadership at the national level. We want to acknowledge that several of our Affiliate community have been impacted by the bushfires and COVID-19, and we have looked for specific ways to help support these organisations in these challenging times.

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ACT Health Nursing and Midwifery Office

Chief Nurse and Midwifery Office, Northern Territory

Alice Springs Hospital

Cohuna District Hospital

Austin Health

Darling Downs Hospital & Health Service

Ballarat Health Services Bendigo Health Bolton Clarke Cabrini Health Limited Canberra Health Services Central Adelaide Local Health Network Central Coast Local Health District Central West Hospital & Health Service Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Education & Research Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Eastern Health Edith Cowan University Epworth HealthCare Far West Local Health District Goulburn Valley Health Health Generation Hunter New England Local Health District Lyndoch Living Mallee Track Health & Community Service


Metro North Hospital & Health Service Metro South Hospital & Health Service Mildura Base Hospital Monash Health Monash University Murrumbidgee Local Health District Northern Sydney Local Health District Nursing & Midwifery Office Department of Health South Australia Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Queensland

Serco Asia Pacific South West Healthcare South Western Sydney Local Health District St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne St Vincent’s Hospital Network Sydney Swinburne University of Technology Sydney Children’s Hospital Network The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Tennant Creek Hospital Top End Health Service University of Newcastle

Opal Aged Care

University of South Australia

Primary Health Network Northern Territory

Western Health

Resthaven

Wide Bay Hospital & Health Service Wimmera Health Care Group

Salvation Army Aged Care

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GOLD Australian Defence Force

Nursing Group Pty Ltd

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Sydney Local Health District

Charles Darwin University

Laureate Education Services

Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife, Tasmania

University of Canberra

Flinders University Health Services Evolution Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network

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University of Technology Sydney Western Sydney Local Health District Your Nursing Agency


SILVER AHEAD Training Group College of Emergency Nursing Australasia

BRONZE Anchor Excellence

Heart Support Australia

Association of Queensland Nursing & Midwifery Leaders

La Trobe Rural Health School

Davaar Consultancy Training & Development

Ausmed Education

Deakin University

Australasian Association for Quality in Healthcare

IBIS Care

LHD Nursing Recruitment Solutions North Metropolitan TAFE Northeast Health Wangaratta

James Cook University

Australian Nurse Teachers Society

NurseLine

Mackellar Care

Casterton Memorial Hospital

Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Nurses

Nurse & Midwife Support

CDM Plus

Queensland University of Technology Western Sydney University

Clever Care NOW Cosmetic Professional Development Institute of Australia

South Metropolitan TAFE Stawell Regional Health Summit Care The Albion Centre

Fox Education and Consultancy

The Royal Women’s Hospital

Healthy Male

Uniting War Memorial Hospital

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POLICY CHAPTERS ACN continues to represent the expertise and experience of our Fellows and Members in policy development throughout the Australian health and aged care system. We continue to advocate on behalf of the profession through numerous policy consultations, policy papers as well as through representation at government and public inquiries. The contribution of our members on policy matters at every level of decisionmaking has major implications for nurses and the profession. For instance, the Position Statement Nurses, immunisation and health detailing nurses’ role and responsibility in relation to immunisation advocacy and vaccination was a crucial piece of work this year, especially in light of COVID-19. Many of you also highlighted the need for nurses to battle climate change through nursing leadership. In response, we set up the new Emissions Reduction Policy Chapter. We will continue to campaign for the profession to ensure that nurses are supported every step of the way and can work to the full scope of their abilities.

Workforce Sustainability Examining the utilisation and support for new graduate registered nurses not within formal transition to practice programs. Further resources: A White Paper titled A national minimum dataset for nursing workforce planning and decision making.

Ageing Quality indicators for aged care: Looking at the current literature and practice surrounding quality indicators and recommendations for government initiatives for aged care in all settings, as well as writing an issues paper.

Chronic Disease Nursing and multimorbidity: The role of nurses in improving care for people living with multiple chronic conditions. Further resources: The effectiveness of nurse-led interventions in the assessment and management of overweight and obese children and adolescents Position Statement. Toolkit: Working with children above a healthy weight in primary health care: ACN Toolkit for nurses.

End of Life Care The role of nurses in ensuring quality end of life care for older Australians. Further resources: Establishing a Nurse-led Palliative Care Service in Australia: An Implementation Toolkit (2019).

Emissions Reduction Reducing our carbon footprint through nursing leadership. Emissions Reduction: Our new Policy Chapter. We welcome Dr Frances Peart FACN and Professor Odette Best MACN as Chair and Deputy Chair, respectively.

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Workforce Sustainability

Chronic Disease

Emissions Reduction

CHAIR Professor Lee Boyd MACN

CHAIR Professor Lisa Whitehead MACN

CHAIR Dr Frances Peart FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Adjunct Professor Alanna Geary FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Robyn Quinn FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Professor Odette Best MACN

Ageing

End of Life Care CHAIR Professor Deborah Parker MACN

CHAIR Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates FACN

DEPUTY CHAIR Professor Trisha Dunning AM FACN DLF

DEPUTY CHAIR Associate Professor Melissa Bloomer FACN

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POSITION STATEMENTS Nurses, immunisation and health Developed with an accompanying Discussion Paper, the Position Statement highlights the relevant issues and advocates for the significant contribution nurses make to immunisation programs as an important preventative health measure for the Australian community.

Leading digital health transformation: The value of Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) roles ACN promotes the establishment and/or expansion of the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) role in Australian health care organisations. This Position Statement outlines the value and contribution of the CNIO role.

Working with children above a healthy weight in primary health care: ACN Toolkit for nurses This toolkit contains information, practical advice and links to further resources for nurses working with children and their families.

The Sexual Harassment and/or Sexual Assault of Nurses by Patients The Position Statement states that it is not acceptable for nurses, regardless of gender, to be subjected to sexual harassment and/ or sexual assault by patients. ACN expects that nurses, including nursing students, deserve a safe work environment free from sexual harassment and/or sexual assault by patients. ACN calls on providers, governments and industry to take necessary action.

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The effectiveness of nurse-led interventions in the assessment and management of overweight and obese children and young people A systematic review on the effectiveness of nurse-led interventions and a scoping review found that nurse-led interventions run in the home, childcare facilities, primary care and school settings have resulted in small to moderate decreases in overweight and obese children, as well as some success in improving diet and nutritional choices and increased physical activity. This suggests the capacity for nurses to provide high-fidelity treatment strategies targeting the overweight and obese.

Human Trafficking ACN consistently advocates for basic human rights for all people receiving and accessing care within the Australian health care system. Nurses have a professional, ethical and moral obligation to provide the ‘right care and support’ to individuals at the ‘right time’.

Blood Donation Policy in Australia The Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANAplus) and ACN call for a revision of the current guidelines governing MSM (Men who have sex with men) blood donations in Australia. We recommend a reduction in the deferral period for all MSM from 12 months to four-to-six months.


WHITE PAPERS

DISCUSSION PAPER

A new horizon for health service: Optimising advanced practice nursing

Nurses, immunisation and health

The White Paper urges all levels of government to actively explore the potential for advanced practice nursing improve the quality, relevance and access of health service for all Australian communities. It encourages the Australian government to reform current health funding models to enable advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners to provide clinical care unfettered by the boundaries of the hospital/primary care interface.

ACN considers that the role nurses play in delivering vaccinations and advocating for immunisation programs is pivotal to the ongoing health of all Australians from birth to old age. Accordingly, ACN has developed this Discussion Paper and an accompanying Position Statement to highlight the issues for nurses and the Australian community relative to vaccination and immunisation programs.

A national minimum dataset for nursing workforce planning and decision making The White Paper intends to introduce key issues around ‘Nursing Workforce Planning and Decision Making’ in Australia and provide two essential recommendations for consideration by the Australian Government. Specifically, that it is imperative for policy development around a comprehensive national minimum nursing workforce dataset.

Establishing a nurse-led palliative care service in Australia: an implementation toolkit Developed to support the implementation of recommendations outlined in the 2019 White Paper Achieving Quality Palliative Care for All: The Essential Role of Nurses. It aims to support health service providers to optimise nurses’ contribution to palliative and end-of-life care by providing guidance on how to develop, implement and evaluate nurse-led services as part of the broader range of multidisciplinary services required by people with life-limiting conditions.

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WHAT FELLOWS AND MEMBERS ARE SAYING ABOUT #ACNTRIBE

Feeling energised post an early morning Step-a-thon! Great to see ACN leading the way in health and wellbeing with the #ACNNursestrong campaign.

Thank you so much Chris and ACN who have been phenomenal leaders in Australian nursing with the great support of so many great nurses. BRIAN DOLAN MACN

SHANNON JANE NARRACOTT MACN

A privilege to represent the profession I love and passionate about! Thank you ACN! ARUN THOMAS MACN

So proud to see the hard work being done behind the scenes, feeling supported by the College. Constantly advocating for nurses and midwives. Thank you. ANTHONY RUSSELL FACN

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Being supported and promoted by Australia’s most prominent professional body is a honour. BRAD CHESHAM MACN

ACN is the best nursing college that I have studied in, I am proud to be an ACN student. RACHANA PATEL

It has been an amazing journey engaging with the #ACN Emerging Nurse Leader Program 2019-2020. The program enabled me to enhance my professional development, receive mentoring, and interact with passionate future and current nursing leaders. Thank you #ACN! #ACNTribe JOSHUA CONTAOI MACN

Thank you for the opportunity to share my voice and passion for regional health care with you and everything you do for Nursing in Australia. BEN CHIARELLA MACN

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REPRESENTATION Representation is an opportunity to take part in shaping the future of the Australian health care system. Opportunities include a wide variety of roundtable discussions, government and non-government working groups and workshops and other events that fall into professional areas of expertise.

In February 2020, we launched the Representation Program module to support those of you who take part in opportunities represent ACN.

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Belynda Abbott FACN

Deborah Booth MACN

Sandra Lever MACN

Dennis Airey MACN

Sharni Clarke MACN

Christine Mackey MACN

Christine Ashley FACN

Naomi Dobroff FACN

Sue Mapletoft MACN

Kasia Bail MACN

Christopher O’Donnell MACN

Marta Marcuta MACN

Lisa Beccaria MACN

Sally Duncan MACN

Denise McGarry MACN

Louise Botha MACN

Renee Durack MACN

Lara McIntyre FACN

Jo Bowden MACN

Erica O’Donoghue MACN

Sandy Middleton FACN

Lexie Brans FACN

Drew Dwyer FACN

Brett Mitchell FACN

Fiona Brew MACN

Susan Emerson MACN

Belinda Munroe MACN

Fran Chavassee FACN

Janette Gogler MACN

Rebecca Munt MACN

Kate Cheney MACN

Marina Buchanan-Grey MACN

Fiona Newall MACN

Michael Krejany FACN

Julie Hanson MACN

Melanie Nilsen MACN

Yvonne Mckinlay FACN

Nicole Harvey MACN

Moira Noonan MACN

Elizabeth Manias FACN

Judy Hitchcock MACN

Ashley Page MACN

Joanne Mapes FACN

Prachi Javalekar MACN

Frances Peart MACN

Catina Adams MACN

Amanda Johnson MACN

Philip Peter MACN

Kathryn Baird MACN

Brett Jones MACN

Sussan Pleunik FACN

Brooke Batchelor MACN

Heather Keighley MACN

Rona Pillay FACN

Alison Belcastro MACN

Garth Kendall MACN

Virginia Plummer FACN

Rosie Bell MACN

Maureen Kennedy MACN

Robyn Quinn FACN

Jeanette Blundell MACN

Tracy Kidd MACN

Chris Raftery MACN

Meagen Bransgrove MACN

Alex Kung MACN

Kalpana Raghunathan FACN

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Karen Raine MACN Kate Renzenbrink MACN Frances Rice MACN Kathryn Riddle MACN Suzanne Robertson MACN Helen Sinnott MACN Hannah Skelton MACN Alyson Smith MACN Christine Smith FACN (DLF) Judith Smith MACN Michael Smith MACN Olutoyin Sowole MACN Carolyn Stapleton FACN Fran Stoddart MACN Elizabeth Strathdee MACN Glynda Summers FACN Melissa Taylor MACN

NURSE REPRESENTATION IN THE PREVENTIVE HEALTH STRATEGY EXPERT STEERING COMMITTEE In June 2019, Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP announced that the Australian Government would develop a National Preventive Health Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy forms part of the third pillar for mental health and preventive health as outlined in Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan. In September 2019, however, when the Expert Steering Committee members were revealed, it was found that there was no representation invited from the nursing profession. This was especially notable in light of the 2019 National Nursing Forum where the single most important theme discussed was nurses getting a seat at the table and having a say in policy matters that ultimately impact the health of all Australians. On behalf of ACN, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN sought a review of the Committee’s membership, which resulted in the Minister confirming that a nurse would be included on the committee. We thank our Fellows and Members for their support in making this possible.

Arun Thomas MACN Brenda Wilson FACN Steffy Wray MACN Katherine Zeitz FACN

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PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO AGED CARE, END-OF-LIFE AND PALLIATIVE CARE AND VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING, QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT In July 2019, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN attended a public hearing via teleconference for the Inquiry into Aged Care, End-of-life and Palliative care and Voluntary Assisted Dying. ACN encouraged the Queensland Government to consider that nurses have a unique role in end-of-life care, palliative care, voluntary assisted dying as well as in healthy ageing and urged the government to consider investing in education and support for both health professionals and communities. ACN further encouraged the government to only offer options of voluntary assisted dying and/or palliative care or end-of-life care if there is support, infrastructure and investment in palliative care services, because both health professionals and the communities at large require this.

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NSW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL 2019 In August 2019, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN gave evidence at a public hearing in which ACN strongly supported access, equity and safe health care for patients, irrespective of age, socioeconomic background, or geographic location as well as evidence-based health care and the right for people to have choice and dignity of their individual and specific health needs. Decriminalisation of termination of pregnancy by registered health professionals ensures safe quality care for women and allows health practitioners, such as nurses and doctors, to provide care without risk of being incarcerated. Nurses have a pivotal role in providing advice, informing women of their options and safely, holistically and professionally caring for them thus enabling women to make the best decision taking into consideration their personal circumstances. This includes physical, psychological, spiritual and mental health and well-being.


ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE QUALITY AND SAFETY

RESPONSE TO THE WHO REPORT ON FUTURE OF NURSING

In October 2019, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, on behalf of ACN, attended a public hearing held by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety held in Melbourne. The Royal Commission inquired into the aged care workforce, with a focus on how to:

ACN wrote a brief outlining and commenting on the World Health Organization State of the World’s Nursing 2020: investing in education, jobs and leadership report (in partnership with the International Council of Nurses and Nursing Now). The report is an overview of the latest data and evidence on the state of the nursing workforce across the globe, including Australia.

• Enhance the aged care workforce’s capacity and capability to provide high quality care and support good quality of life to care recipients • Make the aged care sector a more attractive and rewarding place to work. On February 4, 2020, Professor Deborah Parker MACN represented ACN at the Royal Commission at a Roundtable on System Design and on February 11 in Adelaide. Professor Parker has a system-wide knowledge of issues within Australia’s aged care sector and is working with ACN advocating for reforms to best meet the challenges of delivering quality aged care now and into the future.

It highlights key policy recommendations, calls on governments to increase funding for nursing leadership, education and job opportunities and outlines a vision for the future of the nursing workforce. As a professional organisation representing thousands of nurses across Australia, ACN has much to offer in actualising the report’s recommendations at both national and international levels.

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PARLIAMENTARY BREAKFAST At ACN, we continually strive to advance the nursing profession, advocate for nurses to have a seat at the political table and take part in policy-making decisions. To this end, in December 2019, ACN hosted a high-profile Parliamentary Breakfast in Canberra. The event, being held only for the second time in ACN’s history, was attended by a number of dignitaries including The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health; The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of The Australian Greens. Minister Hunt launched and endorsed ACN’s White Paper titled A New Horizon for Health Service: Optimising Advanced Practice Nursing, which calls on all levels of government to work with the profession to explore and implement reforms to enable increased utilisation of advanced practice nurses to improve the quality, relevance and access of health services for all Australian communities. The event marked an important milestone in ACN’s mission to advance nurse leadership by advocating for nurses to work to their full scope of practice.

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ACN IN THE MEDIA Whether it’s a call for more men in nursing or highlighting the violence against nurses at work, becoming media visible is key to raising awareness of nursing and elevating the profile of the profession. Never has this been as evident as in 2020, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, when

nurses all over the world were propelled to the frontline of the COVID-19 workforce. The pandemic has shown the world what our profession is capable of, but also what challenges nurses deal with. Issues such as better support structures, safer workplaces and lack of resources have come under

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Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN featured: (left): in the Daily Advertiser in October 2019, talking about violence against nurses at work and (top): on SBS in April 2020 to discuss the Refresher Program for Enrolled and Registered Nurses wanting to rejoin the workforce

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(Clockwise from top): Luke Yokota MACN on air at ABC national radio in October 2019 to talk about the Men in Nursing campaign; Lucy Osborn talks about pay equity for nurses in an ABC news article in May 2020; Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN with Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP in May 2020 during a coronavirus update press conference; Janette Webster MACN featured in Shepparton News in January 2020 as winner of ACN’s Jon Baines scholarship study tour

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(Clockwise from top): Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN featured in The Extra in November 2019 during a Nursing Now Roadshow in Albany, and in ABC in May 2020, talking about wage issues in nursing during COVID-19; Sharon Bown MACN featured in The Croakey in August 2019 delivering a keynote address during the 2019 National Nursing Forum

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(Clockwise from top): The 2019 National Nursing Forum hashtag #NNF2019 trending on Twitter; Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN talks to press on International Nurses Day ahead of her meeting with Minister Hunt; Luke Yokota MACN featured in Courier Mail in November 2019 as finalist for 2020 Queensland Australian of the Year awards

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(Clockwise from top): Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN featured in December 2019 on MSN to talk about the launch of the Advanced Practice White Paper; in The Standard in September 2019 talking about shortage of nurses in Warrnambool; on ABC radio in October 2019 to talk about the importance of regional nurses to improve health of local communities

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(Left): Sandy Middleton FACN featured in Hospital and Healthcare magazine in March 2020 (top): ACN featured in Bendigo Weekly in September 2019 during National Nursing Now Roadshow in Bendigo

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MAKING VITAL CONNECTIONS The health care workforce is the largest in Australia and nurses make up the majority of that group. By increasing our political networks ACN is positioned to influence and advocate. Over the last 12 months, ACN met with many leaders, including Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP and Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN with (clockwise from top): Matt Luther OAM FACN, Nikki Johnston OAM MACN and Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP on International Nurses Day; The Hon Liza Harvey MLA Leader of the Opposition WA in Albany; Professor Christine Duffield FACN and Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP at ACN Parliamentary Breakfast

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Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN with (top): Professor Christine Duffield FACN, former Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman MP and Tasmanian Chief Nurse & Midwife Francine Douce MACN at the President’s Welcome in Hobart in 2019; (bottom left): Professor Christine Duffiled FACN and former Greens leader Richard Di Natale MP at the ACN Parliamentary Breakfast in 2019; (bottom centre): Minister Di Natale and (bottom right) Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton MP in 2019

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NATIONAL NURSING FORUM 2019 A record number of delegates (587) attended the annual National Nursing Forum (NNF) in Hobart, Tasmania in 2019. The theme of NNF was Nursing Now: Power of Policy. From 21–23 August, nurses and health leaders explored the different facets

of the theme, inspired by the global campaign, Nursing Now. There were many interpretations of the theme, but the sole underlying message was: The power of policy is unmistakable, and it is up to you, our nurses, to harness that power by participating in policy decisions and boosting positive change in health care.

Highlights • Oration by Emeritus Professor Lynette Russell AO FACN (DLF) • Keynote speeches from political luminaries and nurse leaders across Australia, including Francine Douce MACN, Chief Nurse and Midwife, Tasmania, Sarah Courtney MP, Minister for Health and Women, Tasmania, Adjunct Professor John G Kelly AM FACN (DLF) and Wing Commander (Retd) Sharon Bown MACN • ACN’s contribution of $75,000 towards building a memorial sculpture of Vivian Bullwinkel Lt Col Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM in the Australian War Memorial grounds • Launch of the ACN Institute of Leadership • Launch of a White Paper titled Achieving Quality Palliative Care for All: The Essential Role of Nurses by Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates FACN, Chair of the End of Life Policy Chapter

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME ACN President Christine Duffield FACN hosted an exclusive VIP event at the Museum of New and Old (MONA), Tasmania. The event was held on the eve of NNF to welcome political and nursing leaders, keynote speakers for the NNF, Fellows and partners and sponsors of ACN.

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HISTORY CONFERENCE In August 2019, at ACN’s 4th History Conference, experienced nurse leaders explored the theme The Power of History – Nursing Now over the day-long conference, which builds on a strong commitment to showcasing how the profession and its many contexts have developed over time.

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AFFILIATE BREAKFAST We were excited to launch our inaugural Affiliate Breakfast at the NNF in 2019 which was sponsored by our Corporate Partner Health Professional Bank. We enjoyed bringing our Affiliate community together and thanking them for their support.

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LET’S TALK LEADERSHIP The inaugural Let’s Talk Leadership event in October 2019 featured Catherine McGregor AM, who shared her inspirational personal journey about serving four decades as a military officer and becoming one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators. In March 2020, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we were delighted to introduce Avril Henry in this exciting series

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to highlight the importance of developing collaborative leaders and women in leadership. She is an acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, coach, mentor and author and who is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and developing collaborative leaders.

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NATIONAL NURSING NOW ROADSHOW In 2019, ACN partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency in hosting the National Nursing Now Roadshows across Australia. These events incorporated a robust panel discussion with nurse leaders focused on The Triple Impact Report. Both members and non-members engaged in the conversation and shared insights into their own experiences. The Triple Impact Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health, makes the point that Universal Health Care cannot possibly be achieved without strengthening nursing globally. The report argues that strengthening nursing will have the triple impact of improving health, promoting gender equality and supporting economic growth.

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ACN 2020 YEAR OF THE NURSE & THE MIDWIFE CELEBRATION ROADSHOW

Canberra

In 2020, we kicked off the ACN 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Celebration Roadshows. The complimentary roadshows in Sydney and Canberra incorporated a panel discussion followed by an opportunity to connect with like-minded nurses at a networking reception.

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This year, the roadshows hinged on policy and encouraged nurses to discuss the role nurses play in immunisation and childhood obesity. ACN’s Policy papers on Immunisation and Childhood Obsesity were launched at these events to inform the direction of the conversation. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the remaining 2020 roadshows were put on hold.

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ACN INSTITUTE OF LEADERSHIP

EMERGING NURSE LEADER (ENL) PROGRAM

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Institute of Leadership was launched in August 2019 and includes an array of initiatives that promote and encourage nurse leadership.

In the 2019-20 cohort, 38 ENLs completed the program and we are proud to announce that 14 participants completed the program as High Achievers.

The Institute of Leadership brings together ACN’s Emerging Nursing Leader (ENL) program, the Mid-Career Nurse Leadership program and the Nurse Executive Leadership program.

This year’s ENL group has risen to the challenge of completing this intensive program while coping with the additional demands COVID-19 has generated for each of them. As emerging nurse leaders, many of them have taken on additional responsibilities in their everyday roles, demonstrating the calibre of this year’s cohort.

In conjunction with the Nurse Executive Leadership Program, we also launched the Nurse Executive Capability Framework, set of national standards for the capabilities required to be a nurse executive. Nurses can use the Nurse Executive Leadership Program to develop the capabilities outlined in the framework. To complement these programs, ACN introduced an exclusive leadership series Let’s Talk Leadership with outstanding industry leaders from sport, politics and business, as guest speakers around the country. Yet another initiative under the Institute of Leadership includes The ACN Podcast with Ben Jenkins MACN, which features interviews nurses from a variety of backgrounds on topics relating to nurse practice and leadership.

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Our ENLs have had opportunities to…

Moderate concurrent sessions at NNF

Participate in panel discussions at NNF

Meet with key nursing, health and political leaders

Be part of Region leadership teams

Be part of Communities of Interest leadership teams

Participate in expert advisory groups

Be published in ACN publications

Gain exposure to politics and policy discussions

Participate as an ACN Roadshow panel member

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MID-CAREER NURSE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM We are proud of the first cohort to complete ACN’s Mid-Career Nurse Leadership program that was launched in June 2019. Through engagement with high-profile nurse leaders, as well as career coaching and learning sets, they were able to hone their leadership skills to lead positive change in the workplace through innovation and redesign. We would like to thank Professor Christine Duffield FACN, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, Dr Jennifer Bichel-Findley FACN, Dr Liz Hanna FACN, Adjunct Professor Susanne Hawes FACN, Mark Kearin FACN, Adjunct Professor Deb Thoms FACN (DLF), Dr Veronica Croome MACN, Dr Lynette Cusack MACN, Flavia D’Ambrosio and Dr Christine Dennis for their valuable input and guidance.

NURSE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The Nurse Executive Leadership Program was developed to support those of you currently in, as well as those aspiring to, nurse executive roles to meet the capabilities described in ACN’s Nurse Executive Capability Framework. The program was designed for participants to receive unparalleled access to accomplished leaders through masterclasses with global and national thought leaders as well as mentoring with C-Suite Executives. Due to COVID-19, the program has been postponed. Please check the ACN website for more details.

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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MENTORS AND COACHES FOR THEIR VALUABLE GUIDANCE MENTORS – Emerging Nurse Leader Program Ann Aitken FACN

Leanne Boyd MACN

Judith Needham MACN

Leanne Aitken FACN

Lyn Brett MACN

Nick Nijkamp MACN

Judith Anderson FACN

Sue Buckman MACN

Jessica Stokes-Parish MACN

Fran Chavasse FACN

Adam Burns MACN

Kate Partington MACN

Alison Hutton FACN

Kaylenne Byrne MACN

Jessica Pougnault MACN

John G Kelly AM FACN (DLF)

Maureen Dillon MACN

Bernice Redley MACN

Elizabeth Matters FACN

Anthony Dolan MACN

Michael Roche MACN

Jason Mills FACN

Deidre Guthrie MACN

Kaye Rolls MACN

Kalpana Raghunathan FACN

Kylie Hasse MACN

Kate Rowan-Robinson MACN

Michele Rumsey FACN

Kerrie-Anne Hayes MACN

Paul Rumpff MACN

Di Twigg FACN

Sarah Hunter MACN

Alison Smith MACN

Susan De Vries FACN

Andrew Ingersoll MACN

Catherine Tonkin MACN

Susan Williams FACN

Katherine Isbister MACN

Meaghan Trovato MACN

Nicole Argall MACN

Marli Millas MACN

Emma Versluis MACN

Nicole Blay MACN

Sam Munian MACN

COACHES – Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program Jo Mapes FACN

Kathleen Fair MACN

Basil Paulose MACN

Sue Hughes FACN

Sally Fleischer MACN

Wendy Penney MACN

Rona Pillay FACN

Samantha Gent MACN

Samantha Sanders MACN

Joanna Ramadge FACN

Courtney Hayes MACN

Georgina Willetts FACN

Neil McIntyre MACN

Carollyn Williams FACN

Kerri McLeod MACN

Jed Duff MACN

Clair Nunn MACN

Donna Stevens MACN Eva Storey MACN John Wright MACN

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PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION AT ACN

UPSKILLING NURSES

Opal Nurse Graduate Program

ACN Refresher Program for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses

In September 2019, Opal Aged Care and ACN collaborated on developing a program to enhance nurses’ fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to provide holistic, evidence-based, and person-centred care to older adults. So far, it has had two cohorts, the second one boasting 50 students.

Commencement of community of practice in the scholarship of teaching and learning In July 2019, The University of Canberra, with whom ACN has an articulation pathway agreement, hosted a two-day training session with the education

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team to introduce research into the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Education team is now looking at research projects to address student engagement, curricula and assessment.

Academic governance restructure The Academic Council has been delegated authority by ACN’s Board of Directors to be ACN’s principal academic governance body. The Academic Council provides academic leadership to all higher education committees in ACN and reviews internal and external reports and annual reviews. It is the ACN’s most senior governing academic body.

Through ACN’s Refresher Programs for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses, the organisation was able to assist nurses who wanted to refresh their skills and acute care knowledge to join the fight against COVID-19.


NEW SUBJECTS

AWARDS

HLT64115 Advanced Diploma of Nursing (RTO Code: 91474)

President’s Award

In May 2020, ACN launched its first Advanced Diploma of Nursing in four specialties – Acute Care, Aged Care and Individual Support, Critical Care and Perioperative Nursing. This qualification reflects the role of enrolled nurses (ENs) with advanced skills who work in a specialised area of nursing practice. At this level, ENs integrate and adopt specialised, technical and theoretical knowledge to address a diverse range of clinical situations and challenges in their area of specialisation. They contribute to the continuous improvement of clinical practice using research and participation in broader organisational quality processes.

The President’s Award is in recognition of the highest achiever of all Graduate Certificates. In 2019, it was awarded to Nicole Masiello for completing the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care.

Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing Jena Cross

A newly launched single unit of study that provides necessary theoretical knowledge to improve how students can assess and manage endometriosis and pelvic pain in the clinical setting. Understanding Data in Health Care This unit introduces students to the paradigm of data in a digital age. Through this study unit, students are assisted to explore data as complex and heterogeneous and gain an understanding of new practices and technologies impacting on the ethical and legal collection of personal data in health care.

High Achiever Award The High Achiever Award is in recognition of outstanding achievement in receiving the highest score in the respective Graduate Certificate course. ACN High Achiever Award Graduates July 2019 Graduate Certificate Acute Care Nursing Carla Fallon

Graduate Certificate Breast Cancer Nursing Rachel Giannakis Graduate Certificate Cancer Nursing Irene Scott Graduate Certificate Child & Family Health Nursing Melissa Flack Graduate Certificate in Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Steffanie Oxford

Graduate Certificate in Drug & Alcohol Nursing Sarah Beckham MACN Graduate Certificate Leadership & Management Stacie Desmond Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care Nicole Masiello Graduate Certificate Orthopaedic Nursing Gemma Wallmann Graduate Certificate Paediatric Nursing Natalie Coward Graduate Certificate Perioperative Nursing Tamara Finley Graduate Certificate Stomal Therapy Nursing Melissa Flanagan

Graduate Certificate Critical Care Nursing Rochelle Coppin

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WE THANK OUR TUTORS, MARKERS AND FACILITATORS FOR PROVIDING THEIR VALUABLE SUPPORT TO OUR STUDENTS. Tutors and Markers

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Terrie Adams

Teresa Heffernan

Leanne Sheppard

Jennifer Rabach FACN

Sita Ambujakshyamma

Philippa Holland

Saved Sibanda

Irene Stein FACN

Myra Baran

Sarah Hughes

Nadia Simons

Nadine Alcorn MACN

Alison Bell

Bryan Ines

Judith Smith

Faiza Anwar MACN

Joanne Blaeck

Gaganpreet Kaur

Darren Smyth

Rachael Barton MACN

Anne Booms

Belinda Kendall

Lynda Staruchowicz

Janice Brault MACN

Wendy Bradford

Meredith Kirkpatrick

Julie Stevenson

Lori Delaney MACN

Susan Cameron

Patrizia Kitney

Lai-Yoong Tan

Marilyn Gendek FACN

Patrick Cashman

Heather Landells

Nirosha Thapa

Aruna Ellis MACN

Sam Capolino

Robina Lentell

Lisa Thomasson

Debra Gilbertson MACN

Susan Corby

Gordon Lonie

Denise Thomson

Louise Guest MACN

Linda Clarke

Joy Lyneham

Fallon Tickell

Madeline Hall MACN

David Collins

Louise Maher

Debra Van den Berg

Barbara Hasenoehrl MACN

Julie Collier

Kylie McCarthy

Jo-Anne Vidal

Amanda Hicks MACN

Tanya Connell

Jessica Merry

Evan Ulbricht

Amanda McGregor MACN

Declan Cooper

Karla Mills

Frances Usherwood

Mary Middleton MACN

Katherine Cuanan

Lakshmipriya Munirathinam

Mary Wahhab

Pathmavathy Namasivayam MACN

Michelle Currie

Sharon Murcott

Tara Walker

Susan Darby

Ruth Mursa

Karen Walker

Debra Pittam MACN

Angelina Dayal

Susan Murton

Nicole Walsh

Ingrid Pryde MACN

Elinor Davies

Katherine Norton

Wendy Watson

Jan Riley MACN

Debra Deasey

Lynn Rapley

Megan White

Heather Robertson MACN

Donna Drew

Jenny Rivera

Nicole Whiting

Melissa Sinfield MACN

Janet Farmer

Judy Romit

Theresa Winston

David Tsui MACN

Donna Fisher

Helen Rothenbuhler

Gay Woodhouse

Katrine Tuckey MACN

Sharon Fitzmaurice

Michelle Rosano

Karen Wynne

Louise Wightman MACN

Elizabeth Flannery

Tracey Selinger

Jennita Abra

Jayne Grbin

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Facilitators Rachael Barton MACN

Lisa Davis

John-Paul Marx

John Wagner

Lesley Bramston MACN

Angelina Dayal

Kirsten Masters

Fa Wang

Janice Brault MACN

Marinelle Doctor

Doreen Mccormack

Meegan Webb

Karon Coombs MACN

Flavia D’souza

Junaid Minhas

Lynne Weekley

Suman Kumar MACN

Larissa Felton

Susan Murton

Bethel Yiabari

Belinda MacGillivray MACN

Elizabeth Flannery

Peita Naden

Florentino Zuniga

Ross Pancho MACN

Jane Fonti

Jamie-May Newman

Sangar Rao MACN

Catherine Formosa

Cecilia Nkasu

Louise Wightman MACN

Ronald Gatbonton

Karen Pascual

Jennita Abra

Carolina Limcauco-Gray

Nicholas Pedavoli

Leanne Allen

Karen Guthrie

Kirsten Petersen

Myra Baran

Ilana Hasteltine

Jennifer Quinn

Jane Bos

Teresa Heffernan

Catharine Rich

Natalie Bogeski

Fariba Hosseinisazi

Claudia Zimmer-Robitschko

Ngaire Brennan

Naguie Ibrahim

Diane Rose

Jinky Domingo-Buere

Molly John

Kassem Taleb

Lauren Byrne

Arun Kaushal

Daniel Tissot

Lisa Caine

Shainaz Khoja

Vanessa Schofield

Annette Callaghan

Meredith Kirkpatrick

Merilyn Seaton

Antonio Canduci

Ben Lal

Tracey Selinger

Sam Capolino

Thuy-An Le

Louise Shaw

Katrina Camello

Kat Leung

Leanne Sheppard

Jayson Catiwa

Marc Lu

Annah Sibanda

Helen Chantiri

Oi Yan Janus Lui

Anu Solomon

Bettina Cheleski

Jennifer MacFarlane

Angela Taylor

Jennifer Daley

Tessa McKune

Michelle Tolentino

Patricia Davidson

Shirley Magua

Jhansy Varghese

Eileen Davis

Jane Martin

Louise Wardle

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SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN)Foundation was launched in August 2019 to support nurses by ensuring that they can access the high-end leadership development that the Australian health care system requires from the profession. The ACN Foundation aims to financially support nurses through ACN’s scholarships, grants and awards, the Policy Fellows program and Nursing Study Tours. ACN has provided seed funding of $5 million to establish the Foundation.

POLICY FELLOWS The ACN Foundation Policy Fellows Academic Program (AFPAP) is the first nursing specific health policy program to be offered in Australia. Under AFPAP, Policy Fellows will be afforded the opportunity to receive health policy and advocacy education and mentoring including skills around researching, writing, presenting and producing documents such as policy statements, commentaries, issues papers, White Papers and scoping reviews. We would like to congratulate Dr Carey Mather MACN who commenced as a Policy Fellow this year. Dr Mather has been developing a Scoping Review and aligning work of the Policy Program with the Chair and members of the Ageing Policy Chapter. The fellowship presents an incredible opportunity for Dr Mather to establish connections with affiliate organisations, as well as policymakers and practitioners in the Ageing sector. The experience will allow Dr Mather to gain an insight into developing and influencing policy.

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The ACN Foundation administers a number of grants that have been provided to ACN by our generous benefactors, some of whom have nominated specific eligibility and selection criteria for their awards. We truly appreciate our Fellows and Members who, as part of the nursing tribe, choose to extend their support for aspiring nurse leaders. We would like to congratulate the following ACN Grants and Awards recipients for 2019: ACN SCHOLARSHIP GRANT Kate Rowan-Robinson MACN CRESTANI SCHOLARSHIP FOR CANCER NURSING Jade Curtain MACN LAURA SAUNDERSON AGED CARE NURSING FUND Colette Kirk and Diane Piper FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Dr Samantha Jakimowicz MACN SISTER MARGARET Y WINNING SCHOLARSHIP Lee Poole MACN ACN RESEARCH GRANT Dr Tiffany Conroy MACN THE ‘OLLIE SCHOLLIE’ NURSE PRACTITIONER SCHOLARSHIP Giuliana Murfet MACN ERIC MURRAY ACHIEVER AWARD Lucy Osborn MACN


THE VIVIAN BULLWINKEL PROJECT The ACN Foundation is working with the Australian War Memorial to honour the courage, dedication and sacrifice of army nurse Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM by erecting a commemorative sculpture in the grounds of the Memorial. Vivian was the sole survivor of the 1942 Banka Island massacre. After being shot, she feigned death and survived, only to be taken prisoner for the remainder of World War II. Following the war, she advocated for better education and conditions for nurses, established and raised funds for the Australian Nurses’ Memorial, and later holding the role of President of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia. Vivian became the first female member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, and also served on various veteran and philanthropic committees to pay tribute to her fallen nursing colleagues.

NURSING STUDY TOURS For the first time, the ACN Foundation provided scholarships for four Fellows and Members to enhance their learning and professional skills by attending a Nursing Study Tour to South Africa. The recipients are Paul Gardner MACN, Dr Carey Mather MACN, Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel MACN and Janette Webster MACN. The scholarships are valued at $5,000 each. The tour will commence in Johannesburg and finish in Cape Town. It combines visits to hospitals and clinics with safaris and sightseeing, as well as meeting with nurses and learning about the provision of nursing care in South Africa. Owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the tour has been postponed.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS ACN continues to administer the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme, which financially assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students in an eligible health-related discipline. The 2020 application round has been our most successful with 650 applications – the largest since the inception of the scholarship scheme in 2002. Over the past year, we have continued to support the remaining students completing courses under the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS) and the Aged Care Nursing Scholarships. ACN is currently working on a new application round for both the NAHSSS and the Aged Care Nursing Scholarships.

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NURSING NOW AUSTRALIA The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the leading organisation for Nursing Now Australia. We continued to encourage nurses to use the global Nursing Now Australia Challenge Calendar to support the campaign’s objectives of raising the status and profile of nursing. We also promoted the Nursing Now Nightingale Challenge in Australia, which aims to have 20,000 young nurses and midwives around the world benefit from leadership training in 2020. ACN has invested in the development of young nurse leaders by providing scholarships for our Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program and Nurse Executive Leadership Program.

Host an ACN National Nurses Breakfast or other event to celebrate International Nurses Day. Register via the ACN website www.acn.edu.au/events.

JUNE

JULY

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SEPTEMBER

Include your title, qualification and membership postnominals in your email signature and social media bio. (e.g. Jane Smith BN, RN, MACN).

Give friends and family an insight into nursing by describing a day in your life during catchups or on social media.

Celebrate men who have chosen nursing as a career and profile your male colleagues in a public place at your work, in the local press or on social media.

Wear orange and organise an event to celebrate Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week. Register your event via the ACN website www.acn.edu.au/events.

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

JANUARY

Speak to your organisation’s PR team or nominate yourself as a media representative to ensure nurses are recommended as experts for media interviews.

Upload ACN’s ‘I love nursing’ overlay frame onto your Facebook profile picture.

Reflect on why you’re proud to be a nurse and share your thoughts on Twitter. ACN will share your reflections in a blog on NurseClick.

Lead by example and tell us what you are doing about your health and wellbeing by sharing your photos on social media using the hashtag #ACNNurseStrong.

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Publicly recognise a nurse who excels in their chosen area by nominating them for an award, such as the Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers.

Talk with local school kids, parents and teachers about what nursing is today and why it’s a great profession to choose.

Participate in the Nightingale Challenge by nominating a young nurse leader under 35 for a leadership program in 2020, such as the Emerging Nurse Leader Program.

Tell us who your nursing role models of the past and present are by sharing your stories on Twitter.

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND/OR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF NURSES BY PATIENTS TASKFORCE Created in 2019, the Taskforce has written a Position Statement which outlines a new standard of behaviour for the nursing profession now and into the future. ACN expects that nurses including student nurses, regardless of gender, have a right to work within our industry free from sexual harassment and/or sexual assault.

Catriona Booker FACN

Stella Gray MACN

Leah Bennett MACN

Dr Jacqui Pich MACN

Craig Blackburn MACN

Debra Pittam MACN

Jenny Bourne MACN

Ashley Wheeler MACN

Tammie Breneger MACN

Stu Wilder MACN

Shirley Burke MACN

Michelle Olins

Members of the Taskforce

Sheree Costa MACN

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN (Chair)

Adjunct Professor Shane Crowe MACN

Simone Sheridan MACN (Co-Chair)

Cath Donald MACN

Thili Chengodu MACN

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NURSESTRONG NurseStrong encourages all nurses to look after their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, and has grown by leaps and bounds since it was launched in 2018. Over the last 12 months, we have been navigating through turbulent times, with many of our peers around Australia working round the clock to fight the pandemic while coping with stress, isolation, physical and mental fatigue and workplace violence. As expected, our NurseStrong family has risen to the occasion and banded together, creating a safe place to share concerns and encourage each other with positivity. Members of the group were as connected as ever, sharing their ideas on improving mental and physical well-being and inspiring others in the process. The NurseStrong Facebook group, which had 1,400 members in January now has over 5,600 members. If you haven’t joined yet, now is the time! This year, we supported nurses to practise self care in exciting new ways: • We created a range of digital resources to help nurses feel connected and motivated. The Inspographics allowed nurses to share cheerful digital messages to lift each other up. The Daily Healthy Habits poster provided a visual reminder to support nurses to stay on track and pursue their health and well-being goals. • We launched a Q&A series featuring experts among our member base who answered questions on well-being and resilience to share insights and inspiration. • Our free four-week pass for online yoga classes in collaboration with This Is Yoga received a tremendous response. NurseStrong members received access to over 50 classes streamed live each week as well as pre-recorded catch up classes. This opportunity allowed nurses to remain active in the comfort and safety of their own homes while most other forms of exercise were paused due to COVID-19. • Since April, we sent care packages to lift the spirits of our NurseStrong members. The care packages were lovingly curated with a range of gifts to help nurses relax and take time out for themselves. In the spirit of giving back, all contents were ethically sourced and/or purchased from bushfire-affected areas and rural businesses to help rebuild communities.

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When you’re constantly on the go it’s hard to find the time to look after yourself but even taking one minute to switch off can make a big difference. Here are some quick tricks you can use to ground yourself and fight off stress and anxiety.

Try box breathing: breathe in – hold – breath out – hold – for three seconds each

Acknowledge one thing that was difficult on your shift and let it go

Visualise your happy place

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Do some gentle stretches or go for a walk

Smile at yourself in the mirror (you may feel silly but it works!)

Think of three things you are grateful for

Make yourself a warm cup of tea and sip it slowly

Look outside the window, watch clouds go by or leaves moving in the wind

Look at a photo of a loved one

For more health and well-being support for nurses visit acn.edu.au/nursestrong or join the NurseStrong Group on Facebook.


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MEN IN NURSING Following the launch of the Men in Nursing campaign in 2018, members of the Men in Nursing Working Party have continued championing the positive perception of men in the profession and removing the stigma surrounding them. Below are some highlights of the campaign: • Launch of the Men in Nursing eBook at the 2019 National Nursing Forum with over 500 downloads so far • Creation of inspirational videos of men in nursing, featuring ACN Fellows and Members • Partnering with external organisations • Being profiled extensively in mainstream media to spread awareness about the campaign.

Members of the Men in Nursing Working Party

Luke Yokota MACN interviews with ABC Radio to promote the Men in Nursing campaign

Luke Yokota MACN (Chair) Lee Poole MACN (Deputy Chair) Kate Barnewall MACN Tammie Breneger MACN Ben Chiarella MACN Haydon Cunninghame MACN Kylie Hasse MACN A COLLECTION OF STORIES

Nicholas Hayward MACN Christopher Hinder MACN Prachi Javalekar MACN Jennifer Smith MACN David Stanley MACN Shauna Wilson MACN Ariel Yokota MACN

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Kazuma Honda MACN, Daryn Mitford MACN, Nick Hayward MACN and Lee Poole MACN, who were featured on the ABC 7.30 Report


CEO SLEEPOUT The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. Hundreds of CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness. Like every year, this year too, ACN CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN took part in the initiative to help raise thousands of dollars to help Vinnies provide essential services to the people who need them. This year, however, she was joined by our Executive Leadership Team members Tania Dufty FACN, Nataschja Budel, Suzie Hoitink MACN and Yvonne McKinlay FACN as well as ACN Affiliation Specialist Helen Stamatiou to take part in the CEO Sleepout. Although it was organised a bit differently this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are proud to have raised over $5,000. We thank all those who participated and donated to this worthy cause to support those who are experiencing homelessness, especially through this very difficult time.

I want to let all clinicians, health care professionals and nurses know that tonight I sleep out on behalf of all of us. I am honoured to support Vinnies and I will do whatever I can to fight for people’s human rights and for their right to get access to services. ADJUNCT PROFESSOR KYLIE WARD FACN AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF NURSING CEO

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It may not have been the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife as we had imagined it, but it was definitely our year. In 2020, we got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote our profession on a global platform. Little did we anticipate how COVID-19 would catapult us into the spotlight, showing the rest of the world how nurses are indeed the backbone of every health care system. Nurses on the COVID-19 frontline have been tirelessly working to safeguard Australian communities — despite lack of personal protective equipment, the strain of workforce shortage, physical, mental and emotional fatigue and even personal loss. As the pre-eminent and national leader of the nursing profession, backed by the staunch support and expertise of its Fellows and Members, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) endeavours to advocate for and support our nurses in every way possible.

COVID-19 WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS EXPERT ADVISORY GROUP In 2020, the ACN COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Solutions Expert Advisory Group (EAG) produced: • ACN Statement of Action – Nursing Workforce Solutions in Response to COVID-19 • Nursing Workforce Solutions in Response to COVID-19 – Supporting Documentation • The ACN COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Solutions EAG Issues Briefing Paper: Improving the utilisation of community & primary health care nurses The EAG is informing the Australian Government that nurses are a crucial part of the health workforce solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. While those working in hospitals will support the sick who require acute care, those in the community and primary health care sector will be vital in reducing the spread of infection, supporting people to manage chronic health conditions and keeping people out of hospital where possible.

AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL COVID-19 CLINICAL EVIDENCE TASKFORCE ACN is undertaking continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19. The guidelines address questions that are specific to managing COVID-19 and cover the full disease course across mild, moderate, severe and critical illness.

COVID-19 RESOURCES A one-stop repository of educational resources to keep nurses informed, safe and prepared to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The resources, made available on the ACN website, are a collection of updates from the Australian Government Department of Health, World Health Organization, National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and other organisations.

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Associate Professor Leah East MACN

To enable more nurses to join the fight against COVID-19, the Commonwealth Government collaborated with ACN to provide scholarships for 3,000 Registered Nurses to refresh their clinical skills through the Refresher Program for Registered Nurses. ACN additionally funded 500 scholarships for nurses to complete the Refresher Program for Enrolled Nurses, which represents an investment of $550,000 to assist the COVID-19 response and to support the nursing profession.

Kitty Hutchison MACN Heather Keighley MACN Christopher O’Donnell MACN Adjunct Associate Professor Chris Raftery MACN Karen Hazell Raine MACN Ros Rolleston MACN David Stewart MACN Alison Tortell MACN ACN and external stakeholder contributors:

The Refresher Program is designed to enable nurses to update their acute care knowledge and include the latest evidence-based guidelines on COVID-19 infection control.

As part of the Government’s Higher Education Relief Package, ACN was proud to offer a selection of our Graduate Certificates at a subsidised rate under the Federal Government Scheme. The Package was introduced to support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis to upskill or retrain, and support universities and other higher education providers to continue teaching. SPECIALTY

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Immunisation course To support nurses through COVID-19, from April 2020 onwards, further changes were made to the Immunisation for Health Practitioners course to be more flexible with student requirements. The course can now be completed in three weeks or over a maximum of 120 days.

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Additional resources

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Two free infection control modules were added to the library of free CPD modules available to Members and an online video was developed for Aged Care providers covering infection control and other relevant topics related to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 STORIES AND EXPERIENCES We are working to highlight the experiences of our nurses who are battling COVID-19 at the frontline – those who are working in clinical settings as well as those from non-clinical settings who have been relocated to the frontline. Through ACN’s publications NurseClick and The Hive, we are interviewing nurse champions to understand the environment they are working in, the challenges they are facing and overcoming, the policies put in place to better protect them and their patients, their concerns surrounding the situation as well as their expectations about professional support. Over the past few months, we have interviewed industry experts and Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan MACN to get their take on COVID-19 and share their advice for nurses. In its recent issues, The Hive also featured articles on policy around immunisation and the importance of nurse immunisers by the ACN Policy team, as well as a Nursing History article by Dr Lexie Brans FACN on the interesting parallels and differences between COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu. Over the last few months, ACN has disseminated several media releases to create awareness about health care workers (HCWs) at the frontline. Topics include government strategies regarding protection of nurses and HCWs as well as workforce solutions, scholarships being offered by ACN in collaboration with the government to help boost the Australian acute care workforce, and more.

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There arose an overwhelming need for nurses to stay connected and supported as everyone navigated their way through the unfolding issues around the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, ACN launched the new neo Forum dedicated to discussions related to COVID-19. Open to all, the Forum was created for Fellows and Members to stay connected and discuss issues related to the current situation.

CAREER HUB In November 2019, ACN launched Career Hub, a new job seeker platform where nurses can create job alerts, apply directly for jobs and upload their resumes. It is Australia’s largest nurse-specific job board. Employers can upload their advertisements, have their company logo featured and track applications. Since its launch, over 2,000 nurses have registered on the Career Hub.

REGIONS’ RESILIENCE THROUGH COVID-19 The ability of many of the Regions to continue to provide support and education to their membership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is testament to the strong leadership and comradery displayed by our Region leadership teams and those who support them. The Sydney Region showed remarkable determination to support all ACN members, Robyn Quinn FACN – Chair, Dr Samantha Jakimowicz MACN – Deputy Chair and Kaarin Goeldner MACN – ENL, facilitated six support sessions for members in Sydney. The sessions, Wellbeing in the Context of Chaos, gave members the ability to connect in a safe space and talk about the issues

they were facing. The sessions supported over 200 members, with ACN receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback about the webinar. The Tasmanian Region has also started similar sessions – Wine Down Friday. These sessions are designed to connect interested members on the last Friday of each month to discuss work-related topics.

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To assist organisations during COVID-19, in April 2020, ACN made the Career Hub portal available free of charge to health services. Our Affiliate Partners received unlimited enhanced advertisements allowing them to gain additional exposure for their vacant roles.

AS THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 CONTINUES At the time of publishing, we are still battling with the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we had to put on hold several initiatives, programs and events, such as the Nurse Executive Leadership Program, Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers, 2020 Celebration Roadshows and Policy Summit 2020. However, these have been rescheduled and we request you to keep an eye out for updated dates on the ACN website. We at ACN are here for you throughout this challenging time and will continue to support you and advocate for you in every way possible. Year in Review 2019-2020

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COMMUNICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

• ACN Monthly eNewsletter • Collegian eNewsletter • Non-Member eNewsletter

#26 WINTER 2019

K E E PI N G YO U I N FO R M E D, C O N N EC TE D A N D I N S PI R E D

#27 SPRING 2019

KEEPING NURSES INFORMED, CONNECTED AND INSPIRED

Men inspiring men’s health

• Affiliate eNewsletter

A lifetime of nurse leadership

Luke Yokota MACN

Ruth Zionzee RN RMN OHNC FACN (DLF)

How incontinence is linked to inequity

Empower nurses to improve abortion care

• DLF Newsletter

Julie Tucker MACN

Lydia Mainey MACN

Let’s talk mental health

Time to talk, period.

Helen Storer MACN

Erica O’ Donoghue MACN

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• ACN media releases

WOMEN’S HEALTH

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MEN’S HEALTH

#28 SUMMER 2019/20

#29 AUTUMN 2020

KEEPING NURSES INFORMED, CONNECTED AND INSPIRED

KEEPING NURSES INFORMED, CONNECTED AND INSPIRED

The potential and pitfalls of AI Dr Ruth De Souza FACN

Ageing smart Dana Dermody MACN

The nursing profession in a digital age Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay FACN

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The greats of Australian nursing Karen Dansey MACN

A lesson in compassion

THE ACN PODCAST The ACN Podcast with Ben Jenkins MACN, was launched in 2020. Part of the ACN Let’s Talk Leadership series, this new initiative features interviews with nurse leaders from a variety of nursing backgrounds to talk about nurse practice and leadership. Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, Dr Patricia Davidson FACN, Major Kylie Hasse MACN, Dr Jamie Ranse MACN, Mark Aitken MACN and Professor Debra Jackson AO FACN are just some of the nurse leaders featured on the podcast.

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We would like to thank Collegian’s Editor-in-Chief Professor Lisa McKenna FACN as well as the editorial team for their ongoing dedication and commitment in making the Collegian a highly regarded academic journal.

The Hive Quarterly publication exclusively for ACN Fellows and Members

R Lynette Russell AO FACN (DLF)

A trailblazer in industrial nursing Nancy Bundle FACN

THE ACN PODCAST with BEN JENKINS MACN

Thank you to our Fellows and Members who contribute to NurseClick and The Hive and provide their valuable input and time to putting Collegian together. Thanks to you, Collegian achieved an impact factor of 1.830 this year, the highest ever. NurseClick had 77% higher page views (over 76,000) than last year.

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ACKNOWLEDGING PAST CHAMPIONS

The Hive features our Members’ research outcomes, educational developments, innovative nursing techniques and their unique nursing stories.

Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research ACN’s peer-reviewed academic journal Collegian features research articles and scholarly discussions of nursing practice, policy and professional issues.

NurseClick Blog for ACN Tribe, other nurses and health care professionals as well as the general public Articles on national and international nursing, ACN policy developments and submissions and nursing and health news.


WEBSITE The ACN website has proven to be the backbone of ACN communications in the past year. Unique visitors: In 2018-19: 443,266 In 2019-20: 653,313 An increase of 47% Page views: In 2018-19 - 1,905,443 In 2019-20 - 2,362,925 An increase of 24%

DIGITAL REACH Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

@acnnursing 36,016 fans – 11% increase p.a.

@acn_nursing 4,688 followers – 57% increase p.a.

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Twitter

LinkedIn

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@acn_tweet 4,511 followers – 21% increase p.a.

Australian College of Nursing 14,671 followers – 53% increase p.a.

12,277 logins 1,040 downloads since launch in February 2020

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ACN BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACN is governed by a Board of Directors. Following ACN Board Elections in late 2019, Professor Christine Duffield FACN and Carmen Morgan FACN were re-elected to the Board as President and Vice-President, respectively. Continuing as returning Board Directors are Belynda Jane Abbott FACN, Adjunct

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Professor Susanne Hawes FACN, Adjunct Professor David Plunkett FACN, Professor Linda Shields FACN, Chris Drummer and Ross M Lewin. Associate Professor Georgina Willetts FACN was newly elected as Board Director. Our Board Directors have led with dedication and expertise, across an

extraordinary year that has been like no other. We thank them for their direction that has ensured ACN continues to grow and develop as the environment shifts, always looking to advocate for and promote the nursing profession.


PROFESSOR CHRISTINE DUFFIELD FACN PRESIDENT

CARMEN MORGAN FACN VICE PRESIDENT

BELYNDA JANE ABBOTT FACN BOARD DIRECTOR

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR SUSANNE HAWES FACN BOARD DIRECTOR

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR DAVID PLUNKETT FACN BOARD DIRECTOR

PROFESSOR LINDA SHIELDS FACN BOARD DIRECTOR

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GEORGINA WILLETTS FACN BOARD DIRECTOR

CHRIS DRUMMER INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

ROSS M LEWIN INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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ACN TEAM ACN is the pre-eminent and national leader of the nursing profession and the team at ACN plays a big part in its success. The Executive Leadership Team oversees four core divisions within the organisation – Education, Commercial, Professional and Strategy. Working as a cohesive team, our focus is to advance nurse leadership by supporting a collective voice for the profession. Our aim is to always deliver exceptional experiences to you, our Distinguished Life Fellows, Fellows, Members and Students. In the last six months, we have had to adapt to multiple changes due to COVID-19. In March 2020, the organisation adopted a remote working arrangement for all of the team in the Canberra and Sydney offices. Thanks to the expertise and hard work of many of our support teams, the whole organisation has been able to align with these new ways of working in a short space of time. We are operating as efficiently as ever and are proud to still be delivering you high quality support and service.

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR KYLIE WARD FACN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

NEIL HAYNES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER COMPANY SECRETARY

NATASCHJA BUDEL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL

TANIA DUFTY FACN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STRATEGY

YVONNE MCKINLAY FACN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATION

MARINA BUCHANAN-GREY MACN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PROFESSIONAL


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AS WE CONTINUE CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF THE NURSE AND THE MIDWIFE, WE LOOK FORWARD TO HONOURING OUR

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