Chief Nurse Blog: Nursing Matters March 2023

30 March 2023

Investing in our professional lifelong learning across our nursing career is paramount, regardless of where you are – in the early, middle or later stages.

This month’s blog will focus on the importance of early career nurse leadership support and resources, beyond recruitment and retention, to optimize your competence, confidence, connections and collaborations.

The Future Leaders Group on the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice (NMGCOP) facilitates a place to share knowledge and learn from each other. It also provides a forum for guidance and support from experts and leaders. Along with providing a place to collaborate and connect with fellow early career nurses, you can find inspiring interviews with leaders, discussion forums on current topics and issues facing nurses and midwives, links to valuable leadership resources, and engagement with various youth organisations locally to globally. This resource is free, virtual and can amplify your learning and strengthen your current and future leadership capacity.

I was privileged as ICN’s Chief Nurse to participate in the People in the Spotlight series and share my early career and professional , experiences, insights and advice. You can watch that here.

I encourage you to watch other expert global leaders showcased in the series such as Dr Pandora Hardtman (Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Jhpiego), Professor Michele Rumsey (Director, WHO Collaborating Centre), Dr Sheila Davis (CEO, Partners in Health), Dr Rose Clarke Nanyonga (Vice Chancellor, Clarke International University), and Dr Soumya Swaminathan (Chief Scientist, World Health Organization). 

ICN endorses the free WHO quality right e-training for nurses on mental health, recovery and community inclusion. To date nearly 3,500 individuals with a nursing background have registered for the e-training. You can also earn 24 education credits and solidify your competence and confidence. This education provides nurses with enhanced knowledge to tackle both personal and population mental health.

Pave your personal and unique foundational career path. Shine your light, illuminate and amplify your professional career trajectory.

ICN Chief Nurse Action Challenge:

  1. Join and actively engage with the WHO Community of Practice/ Future Leaders Group.
  2. Complete your quality rights e-education, get your certificate and add it to your resume.
  3. Ensure you are registered for ICN Congress in Montreal, 1-5 July.

Dr Michelle Acorn, DNP, NP PHC/Adult, FCAN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, CGNC