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Nurses as Leaders

  • : Melbourne VIC 3001


A seminar that supports all nurses at all levels



Quality patient outcomes are dependant on the provision of high quality care, driven by leadership at all levels of nursing. Attend this seminar to build your knowledge, confidence and skills as a nurse leader. Engage in an informative and interactive discussion, underpinned by neuroscience and management theories and discover how you can excel as a nurse leader. Topics include:

  • The difference between leadership and management
  • Clinical leadership and workplace culture
  • Smart communication and sensible listening
  • Courageous conversations
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Instilling leadership in others

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your role as a nurse leader. Book now!


Need for Program

The health and wellbeing of patients in hospitals depends to a large extent on nurses. Good quality and safe holistic care requires clinical judgements that are deemed to be in the overall best interests of the patient. Clinical judgements may be decided by teams of healthcare professionals. If these judgements are to be effective it is essential that a team is functioning well. No matter what the level of a nurse is, there is an increasing need to show leadership within a team environment. A seminar that addresses leadership as a key nursing skill, regardless of the nurse's level, is useful and timely.

Purpose of Program

Aligned to the Australian Health Leadership Framework, this highly interactive two-day seminar aims to explore the reason why nurses at all levels are required to be leaders if safe and high-quality patient care is to be administered through good teamwork. Drawing upon neuroscience and management theory, participants will discover the principle that underpins leadership success.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Clearly define the difference between clinical leadership and management leadership
  • Describe how leadership support needs to be designed within a positive work culture
  • Describe what type of 'scaffolding' is required to assist people to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • Practise the powerful courageous conversations script to ensure effective team functioning and manage inappropriate behaviours
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Why Clinical Leadership is NOT Management Leadership, and Where They Overlap

    Although leadership is traditionally connected with management, it is not limited to the boardroom and should be developed in all nurses.

    Nurses are increasingly being held to a higher standard of care delivery. This session will explore some of the key concepts surrounding leadership and will demonstrate why leadership is becoming a core nursing skill regardless of the level of the nurse. It will also examine how different types of leadership can be operating in any one unit at the same time.

    • The key differences between leadership and management
    • How and when leadership and management converge (your pre-workshop self-analysis will be used here)
    • Why nurses who do not have responsibility for managing people are still required to have leadership attributes
    • The relationship between bedside clinical care and leadership skills
    • Key neuroscience principles that underpin effective leadership

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    You Are Not Alone!

    Interprofessional collaboration is a common aspect of nurses’ work in today’s fast-paced healthcare setting. As nurses do not work in isolation and are constantly expected to relate with others it is imperative that high level communication skills are used. Such skills have an impact on safety and patient outcomes. 
    This session will look at the different types of workplace cultures and how these determine the nature of the communications that occur.

    • Analyse your work culture and the types of communications that take place
    • Seven key elements that will improve communication within groups
    • When disruptive behaviours interfere with team functioning: first round of practicing the courageous conversation script with your buddy

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Being Part of a Healthy Team

    Following on from the previous session, we'll now look at how to create collaborative environments. We will explore the autonomous and the collegial nature of nursing and how to work most effectively with other disciplines. In this session you will learn:

    • How to build appropriate mental scaffolding to support clarity and positive communication amongst you and your colleagues
    • The concept of unconditional positive regard for others

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    When Silence is Golden

    This final session of Day One will consider the power of active listening as a leadership/communication attribute. It will assist you to understand how people are likely to change their response to you when you use your body to communicate rather than your voice. 
    This safe and supportive session will be very interactive and assist you to gain strength and confidence in your communication skills.

    4:15pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Using Emotional Intelligence to Build Resilience

    Emotional intelligence is a term commonly used nowadays. This essential session explores the relationship of emotional intelligence to nursing practice and asks the questions:

    • What does it actually mean and can it be learned?
    • How can a novice nurse be encouraged to demonstrate emotional intelligence when communicating with peers and/or making clinical decisions?
    • Bringing your emotional intelligence to the table when things get tough
    • The differences between emotional, social and political intelligence

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Finding the Courage - How to Conduct Courageous Conversations

    Have you ever felt intimidated to the extent that you are way out of your comfort zone in the work environment? 
    When nasty words and deeds are running amok it may take real courage to confront and deal with the problem. Well, this appears to be a relatively common occurrence in the workplace. This session will analyse, step-by-step, what happens to you when you feel under threat from an intimidator. It will look at strategies to overcome the intimidation once and for all. Topics include:

    • Why is denial part of the problem?
    • What causes you to 'freeze up', 'give in' or 'seek approval' from the intimidating person?
    • Second practice of courageous conversations

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Workshop Scenarios - Deal with Communication Challenges

    Communication challenges are common in most workplaces. They happen to most people at some time in their working year. Using several scenarios, you will have an opportunity to scaffold ways to improve the manner in which you deal with communication challenges.

    Scenario One Working with an aggressive rather than an assertive person 

    Scenario Two Working with a person who purposefully omits to tell you about important information 

    Scenario Three Working with a person who is consistently negative

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Nurturing - Nursing's Collective Identity as Leaders

    Nurses understand that their leadership is as important to others as is their technical or clinical ability to deliver care at the bedside. In this session we will look at ways that nurses can assist others to reach their full potential as they work alongside them in the workplace. It will address:

    • Why leadership concepts need to be embedded in nurses at all levels
    • The importance of facilitating leadership in others

    4:15pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Ilze Jaunberzins

    Ilze Jaunberzins

    Ilze is the Principal of PowerMind Life and Leadership Coaching, a science-based coaching practice. She is also a highly experienced nurse, manager and educator. Ilze is dynamic and passionate about leaders being effective; not busy, but effective and confident. Be prepared for a lively two days of inspiration and learning.



Nurses as Leaders
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Melbourne VIC 3001
Hotel IBIS - Therry Street, 15-21 Therry Street
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