It’s Time for Nurses

  • There is no better time to show your support for nurses than now.
  • Supporting Australian nurses, the backbone of the health system, allows nurses to keep investing in their education so that they can continue to provide the level of quality care we know they deliver to our communities.
  • Make a donation to the It’s Time for Nurses Scholarship Fund to ensure 50 Australian nurses each have access to a new scholarship of up to $5,000 in 2021.

We’re here for nurses. Will you support us?

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.

Will you support us in supporting Australian nurses to strengthen Australian health care?

Our campaigns

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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Leaving a gift in your Will

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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Payroll giving

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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Latest news and announcements


It’s Time for Nurses Scholarship Fund

In a year unlike any other, 2020 has delivered so many unexpected challenges for all Australians. Nurses have led from the front in guiding Australia through a devastating series of natural disasters and navigating the health, economic and social imp


Grants and awards

ACN administers a number of grants that have been provided to ACN by our generous benefactors, some of whom have nominated specific eligibility and selection criteria for their awards.


The Vivian Bullwinkel Project

It is very appropriate that we recognise the life of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO with a commemorative statue on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial. The Australian War Memorial have agreed (in principal) to locating a sculpture in


ConvaTec scholarship for the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) in collaboration with ConvaTec ANZ, and supported by The Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN) and The New Zealand Nurses organisation College of Stomal Therapy Nurses (NZNOCSTN), is delighted


Year in Review 2018 - 2019

ACN’s latest publication captures another action-packed year for the Australian, from influential policy work to ground-breaking initiatives and everything in-between. “Diversity and Difference”, Year in Review 2018-2019 looks back at the latest happ


Policy Fellow scholarships

Thanks to the support of our Foundation, ACN is offering five individual Policy Fellow Scholarships valued up to $25,000 (including expenses) to its Fellows and Members in 2020. The scholarship are based in Canberra and aim at support nurse leaders a