Queensland has stepped up to the plate by accepting Nursing Now’s Nightingale Challenge 2020. Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, said Queensland was up to the task. ‘I am proud to say we are one of three Australian organisations to do so and an early adopter of the campaign.’
The global initiative is designed for large employers of nurses and midwives, like Queensland Health, and challenges them to develop the leadership skills of 20 young nurses and midwives by the end of 2020.
The World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and it also marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Nightingale Challenge Manage4Improvement
Queensland Health’s contribution to the Nightingale Challenge sees the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Clinical Excellence Queensland’s Centre for Leadership Excellence work together to deliver a tailored Manage4Improvement program.
The Nightingale Challenge Manage4Improvement (M4I) is expected to develop the management and leadership skills these young nurses and midwives need to create and support a culture of innovation, improvement, and enhanced patient outcomes. The current version of M4I—open to Queensland Health clinicians in management/supervisory roles—is very popular. Registrations often exceed the number of available places.
The 25 nurses and midwives recruited for the Nightingale Challenge M4I—one from each Hospital and Health Service (HHS)—were appointed by an executive leader or selected by the Department of Health.
A variety of experiential learning activities will be used, including face-to-face workshops, a profiling assessment tool, and the development and implementation of a robust improvement project and collaborative peer triangles.
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