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Empowered Emergency Nurse Leadership

The Empowered Emergency Nurse Leadership (EENL) program is designed to empower emerging emergency nurse leaders to build their leadership capability. Participants will learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership to build confidence in taking on the critical role of leading others.






Online modules and tutorials plus one-day in-person Masterclass

Entering or looking to apply for a management, or leadership role?
Need to build your confidence in influencing better patient outcomes?
Want to enhance your skills in leading projects or influencing change?

This dynamic program is an invaluable opportunity for existing and aspiring emergency nurse leaders to invest in their own careers and generate growth and promotion opportunities. Designed to equip participants with both theoretical insights and practical skills, this program is crafted specifically for emergency nurses to build confidence and proficiency in navigating the pivotal role of leadership.

The EENL Program is a bespoke learning program developed emergency nurse leaders. Structured to accommodate ED rosters, the EENL program offers flexibility unlike traditional semester-based courses. Embark on your leadership journey at your own pace with:

  • Eight interactive self-directed online modules

  • Two virtual tutorials

  • One day face-to-face masterclass

  • Integrated activities to facilitate the application of skills and knowledge into your daily work

In this program you will:

  • explore essential elements of successful leadership

  • develop your personal attributes through goal setting and reflection

  • enhance leadership capability by building your leadership toolkit

  • discover how to design and lead projects and influence change in your organisation

  • meet other nurses taking the next step into emergency leadership and develop a community of practice to support your career longevity

Topics include:

  • Leadership theories and attributes

  • Feedback and difficult conversations

  • Driving human performance

  • Navigating contemporary challenges in healthcare

  • Fostering academic culture

  • Leading projects and change

    Whether you are an aspiring leader or already in a leadership role, this program will prepare you to do the job proficiently and confidently.


  • Monday 15 April: Enrolment opens

  • Tuesday 9 July 1pm - 3pm: Tutorial 1, Option 1

  • Thursday 15 August 4pm - 6pm: Tutorial 1, Option 2

  • Tuesday 27 August 1pm - 3pm: Tutorial 2. Option 1

  • Thursday 12 September 4pm - 6pm: Tutorial 2, Option 2

  • Friday 1 November 9am - 5pm: Masterclass (in Melbourne, with further locations and dates to be offered based on regional demand)

Emma Saddington

Currently the Senior Nursing Advisor for Safer Care Victoria, Emma is a critical care trained registered nurse with an extensive educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Science specialising in Disability Studies, followed by a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters in Nursing, Masters of Public Health, and Masters of Health Administration. With over two decades of experience, Emma has worked in various healthcare settings, including large tertiary metropolitan and community-based hospitals, specialising in emergency and trauma care. As a strong advocate for emergency nursing globally, Emma focuses on workforce retention, capacity and capability development, and health system collaboration. She emphasises collaboration and partnership to ensure sustainability in healthcare delivery. Emma's leadership extends beyond clinical platforms to support system and service reviews, particularly in leadership training and development. Passionate about shaping the future of healthcare, Emma emphasises succession planning and interdisciplinary team development. She actively engages in public health campaigns, extending healthcare beyond hospital walls to empower local communities and consumers.

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah is a highly experienced critical care trained nurse who has worked in several major Australian Hospitals. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing, a postgraduate Diploma in Cancer and palliative care, and a postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Care. For more than a decade she has worked in the Emergency and Trauma Centre at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Victoria occupying a range of clinical and leadership positions, most recently as Nurse Manager, Education and Research. Sarah is passionate about fostering collaboration across multidisciplinary teams and developing programs and opportunities to help the nursing workforce achieve the highest levels of professional skill and patient centred care.

Jessica Hocking

Jessica is an educationalist and operational manager. Having commenced her career in the private sector, she has been working in public health for over 13 years with roles in Australia and the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Business Administration, is a Certified Professional Project Manager, a Fellow of the Association for Tertiary Education Management, and a graduate of the Women in Leadership Australia program.
Jessica has been instrumental in the design, development, and delivery of multiple emergency care projects, programs, and services across the globe. Some of her larger-scale projects include the development of multi-year clinical Fellowships and Masters programs (Monash University), a state-wide education program for nurses working in urgent (emergency) care, and the development of multiple internationally recognised specialty training programs for emergency care clinicians. Jessica has particular interests in optimising workforce experience and creating engaging, flexible and therefore high-performing workplaces.

Claire Schepers

Claire is a Clinical Nurse Educator for Alfred Health Emergency with over 20 years nursing experience in Australia and London. Claire is a critical care trained emergency nurse who holds a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Diploma (Emergency), and a Master of Nursing (Research). Claire has extensive experience in emergency nurse education including writing online content, creating learning programs and delivering group and individual education.

Claire is currently the Clinical and Education Lead on a program delivering emergency education to rural nurses across Victoria and is passionate about educating our future nursing workforce and facilitating continuous learning opportunities in everyday nursing practice.

Lisa Braithwaite

Lisa Braithwaite was endorsed an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in 2016 and has over 20 years emergency nursing experience. Lisa has worked in several clinical, leadership and education roles including leading the Masters of Emergency Nursing degree with university partners and developing local education programs to support new nurses in emergency nursing.

Lisa has an interest in developing others and enjoys mentoring medical and nursing colleagues in clinical skills and leadership capabilities. She is also involved in strategic planning for Alfred Health’s nursing capability framework and leadership development pathways for the nursing workforce.

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