Nursing Now Challenge - Early Career Leadership
Applications for the 2023 Nursing Now Challenge have now closed.
About the Nursing Now Challenge
The Department of Health, through the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO), provide leadership development opportunities for nurses and midwives working in Tasmania.
Early career nurses and midwives looking to develop their leadership potential are invited to apply for the Nursing Now Challenge. This program encourages early career nurses and midwives to stretch beyond their comfort zone and explore concepts and skills to build their leadership capability.
The Nursing Now Challenge is delivered as a series of webinars and complemented by a two-day workshop to explore practice development methodologies and a networking opportunity with colleagues.
The Nursing Now Challenge, formerly the Nightingale Challenge, was established in 2020, Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The Nursing Now Challenge calls for nursing and midwifery employers to equip and empower the capability of future nursing and midwifery leaders through professional development opportunities. The Tasmanian Department of Health answered this call, and the inaugural program was delivered in 2020-21.
Through the Nursing Now Challenge, nurses and midwives have connected to learn, share, and reflect as they support each other on their leadership journey.
- Broaden understanding and perceptions of leadership
- Identify learning opportunities to support professional growth
- Increase confidence in networking and engaging professionally
- Develop skills to lead with an inclusive mindset
|Webinar 1: Introduction & Exploring Leadership||10:00am to 12:00pm||11 May 2023|
|Webinar 2: Your Leadership Journey||10:00am to 12:00pm||25 May 2023|
|Webinar 3: Opportunities & Networking||10:00am to 12:00pm||15 June 2023|
|Webinar 4: Creating an Inclusive Environment||10:00am to 12:00pm||29 June 2023|
|Webinar 5: Learning from our Leaders||10:00am to 12:00pm||13 July 2023|
|Practice Development Workshop||3 and 4 August 2023|
Before submitting your application, please read the Nursing Now Challenge Guidelines. This is important to ensure you understand the eligibility criteria and participation requirements.
To be eligible applicants must:
- be registered as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse, or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
- be working as a nurse or midwife in Tasmania
- be in the early stages of their leadership journey
- be dedicated to exploring their leadership potential
- commit to attend all sessions (5 webinars and a 2-day workshop)
- agree to complete a reflective program journal
- complete and submit the online application by the closing date
- make relevant travel and funding arrangements for attendance at the practice development days
- accept the program terms and conditions through a signed agreement.
Offer in the program does not include:
- funding professional development leave to attend webinars and the workshop
- travel or accommodation costs.
Exclusions may apply when an application:
- is not submitted using the online application portal
- is incomplete or missing documents
- does not meet the eligibility criteria
- is submitted after the closing date
Applications can only be submitted online.
Applications for 2023 are open 17 March - 11 April 2023.
Places in the Nursing Now Challenge are limited.
Submitting an application does not guarantee participation in this program.
Assessment of applications
Each application will be assessed against the program eligibility criteria. The selection panel will consider the applicant’s proposed learning objectives and response to how learnings will be applied to positively influence nursing and midwifery professions.
Applicants will be advised in writing via email of the outcome of their application by 21 April 2023.
Terms and conditions
If successful, recipients agree to:
- discuss acceptance into the course and negotiate roster requirements with their manager
- attend all webinars and the practice development workshop
- actively participate in all sessions
- complete a reflective program journal
- be willing to participate in an evaluation survey and/or telephone call.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer to gain further information.
Nursing Now campaign
The aim of the Nursing Now campaign is to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing; and it is a health campaign as much as it is a nursing one. Learn more about the Nursing Now Challenge initiative
Frequently asked questions
You are considered an early career nurse or midwife when you are in the formative years of your professional role. This is generally considered to be the first five years of post-registration experience.
The Tasmanian Department of Health Nursing Now Challenge is designed for nurses and midwives registered with the NMBA who are in the early stages of their career. Pre-registration students are ineligible to apply.
Enrolled nurses with an interest in leadership are eligible to apply.
Midwives with an interest in leadership are eligible to apply.
Yes, all early career nurses and midwives who are interested in developing their leadership skills are eligible to apply.
Applications are assessed based on the eligibility criteria
Applicants will be advised via email by 21 April 2023.
The workshop will be conducted at a venue in Hobart. Once confirmed, participants will be informed of the location.
No, the interactive nature of the Practice Development methodology does not support remote participation.
An offer in the Nursing Now Challenge does not include funding to attend. This will need to be negotiated with your manager.
Yes, nurses and midwives who complete the program will receive a certificate.