The Vivian Bullwinkel Project

Why the legacy of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA is so relevant today.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation is fundraising for the commissioning and installation of sculpture of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA to be installed in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.

This commission will be the first sculpture to commemorate the service of an individual woman or nurse in the Memorial’s grounds.

“As an Australian Service Nurse, I sustained life-threatening injuries whilst deployed overseas.

Vivian Bullwinkel’s ability to continue to live her life in the service of others, despite the adversity she had faced, provided me with unparalleled and powerful motivation to do the same.

Vivian Bullwinkel was witness to the death of 21 of her Australian Army Nursing Service sisters. She devoted her life to ensuring that not only did we understand how they had died, but most importantly, how courageously and selflessly they had lived.”

Wing Commander (Ret’d) Sharon Bown RN FACN

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Did you know...

...nurses work on the frontline in every health care setting, providing the most face to face clinical care and are likely to be the first and only health professional seen by people in remote communities for both specialist and primary care?

...the nursing workforce is the largest single health profession and for many years has been highly regarded by the public as the most trusted and ethical profession?

...that throughout history, Australian nurses have faced extraordinary challenges (including the COVID-19 pandemic) with empathy, perseverance, personal sacrifice, leadership, courage and fortitude to deliver authentic skilled care?

...nursing care is unequivocally linked to the health and wellbeing of the Australian community?

The ACN Foundation is committed to ensuring Australian nurses have access to educational, research, advocacy and leadership opportunities that will keep them highly skilled and at the cutting edge of health care delivery.

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Scholarships, grants & awards

The ACN Foundation administers and seeks new opportunities to administer scholarships and grants to support Australian nurses. This continues the rich tradition of investing in the nursing profession that was central to the ethos of ACN’s predecessors The College of Nursing and the Royal College of Nursing, Australia.

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You can create a lasting impact on the nursing profession by donating a substantial gift during your lifetime or leaving a gift in your will. Establishing a legacy is hugely gratifying feeling knowing you are making a difference to thousands of nurses across Australia.

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Did you know that you can get your tax deduction at the time that you make a regular fortnightly donation? A regular donation the amount of a cup of coffee can go a long way to assisting our nurses enhance their professional development and leadership skills. 

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