Who are we?
Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is Australia’s peak professional nursing organisation and is the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses
(ICN). ACN is a national membership
organisation open to nurses and nursing students in all areas of the profession.
ACN contributes to the enhancement of the nursing profession in many ways, including:
- lobbying state and federal governments on issues of policy analysis, development and reform as they relate to the nursing profession
- supporting our members in their continuing professional development and ongoing education via ACN conferences, workshops, events and through the ACN Life Long Learning Program (3LP)
- keeping members up-to-date with critical issues affecting the nursing professions through ACN publications, media releases and member-based communications
- administering over $20 million in Australian Government and ACN-funded scholarships every year to address nursing workforce issues, promote the importance of professional development activities and create ongoing educational opportunities for nurses and nursing students across Australia
- creating excellent networking opportunities among the nursing community, including member-only chapter groups and special interest national networks
- offering a series of honours and awards to recognise excellence within the nursing profession.
The international connection
In 1997, RCNA became the Australian member of ICN, creating an important link between Australian nurses and the global nursing community. As Australia’s member of ICN, ACN represents Australia’s nurses in the development and reform of international nursing policy, and seeks to enhance and promote the nursing profession across the globe.
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