Qld breakfast forum – Ensuring nursing and midwifery executives are at your leadership table, 26 April 2017

Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health
Speaker: Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan, RN BN MHM Grad Dip PM MAICD FACN, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health

''Throughout my 30-year nursing career, I’ve discovered that people join the nursing profession for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Many nurses join our profession to follow in the footsteps of a family member or because a healthcare experience inspired them to make a difference. Others use nursing as a stepping stone as they pursue other career ambitions, travel or family commitments. 

 Not me. I’m a lifer. No doubts. Ever.

 As Queensland Health’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, I’m more passionate and determined than ever to lead Queensland’s nurses and midwives through the challenges facing our profession and public healthcare more broadly. Queenslanders demand and deserve appropriate and timely access to healthcare. Yet our ageing population and growing health consumerism have created a situation which demands a new approach.

 As members of the largest healthcare workforce in Queensland, nurses and midwives must be fully engaged in the optimisation of health service productivity and effective patient health outcomes. Nurse and midwifery executives in particular, by virtue of their combined professional and executive mandate, are in a unique position to influence change in healthcare and improve the quality and safety of patient care, particularly in the areas of unmet need in vulnerable communities.

 I remember as a child looking with envy at the grown-up table during family gatherings, and feeling a fierce determination to join that table and be ‘heard’ for the first time. I’ve also experienced similar feelings at different stages of my nursing career. But after thirty years, I’m uniquely positioned to share experiences that highlight the benefits of having nursing and midwifery executives at your own leadership tables.

I look forward to sharing my continuing nursing journey with you as I continue to aspire to be the best nurse leader I can possibly be''   

Event details

Wednesday 26 April 2017

7 – 9am

Royal on the Park, 152 Alice St, Brisbane QLD 4000

0700 Registrations
0720 Breakfast
0745 Welcome and introduction
0750 Guest speaker presentation
0820 Questions

The presentation covers the following domains and skills from our competency framework.

Leading change


Health systems and organisations
Health workforce


Relationship management


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Attendee Fees

Member:  $57.00
Non-Member:  $82.00
Student:  $35.00
Table of 10:  $688.00
Table of 8: $550.40
Table of 6: $412.80

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We would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible.

26/04/2017 7:00 AM - 26/04/2017 9:00 AM
Royal on the Park 152 Alice St Brisbane, QLD 4000 AUSTRALIA

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