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Last updated: 29 September 2022

A mature-aged woman wearing a NSW Health registered nurse uniform, sitting next to an elderly woman in a hospital bed, actively listening and comforting her.Leadership is a key capability for nurses and midwives at every level, and an essential component of delivering exceptional care, to every person, every time. We are committed to supporting nurses and midwives to realise and reach their full leadership potential at every career stage.

Nursing and midwifery leadership

Lead excellent care, build positive workplace cultures and grow your career with leadership courses, programs, networking groups and scholarships.

Leadership and culture Scholarships

Underpin your leadership and progress your career with a postgraduate leadership qualification. Funded scholarships at Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters level are available.

Leadership resources

Leadership programs that are relevant, practical and empowering include Take the Lead to foster development of high performing teams and In the Lead, to strengthen and shape senior nursing and midwifery leaders.

Leadership pathway in nursing and midwifery

Emerging/Clinical Leader

The emerging/clinical leader is a nurse or midwife who demonstrates leadership potential at any stage of their career. They need not have a career goal in management to be considered for leadership development.

Nursing/Midwifery Unit Manager

The N/MUM has a pivotal role in the leadership of safe and effective care as well as the management of human and material resources in the ward or unit. Leadership skills rather than management skills are the focus of professional development in this program.

Nurse/Midwifery Manager

The Nurse/Midwife Manager role is important to the effective operation of the system. According to the facility, and the level of the role designation, the individual is required to have a variety of management and leadership skills.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery

The Director of Nursing and Midwifery is responsible for the efficient and effective operational and strategic leadership and management of a comprehensive range of hospital/facility services.

LHD/SN Director of Nursing and Midwifery

The Director provides leadership to the nursing and midwifery professions across the LHD, and significant input into the development and oversight of local strategic and operational plans, policy, business and clinical services strategies and relationship management.

Where can I find more information?

Leadership profile video

Margaret Murphy is a clinical nurse consultant in the busy emergency department at Westmead Hospital

Current as at: Thursday 29 September 2022
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery