It’s Time for Nurses

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Without Australia’s skilled nursing workforce, the health of the Australian community would be at risk. Without nurses, our healthcare system would collapse. (Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward RN FACN, MAICD, 12 May 2021)

Help us help our nurses stay current and upskilled by donating to the It’s Time for Nurses Scholarship Fund today! Every donation, even $15.00 will make a difference. Show your support of Australian nurses here.

The Bullwinkel Project

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

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

This sculpture will be the first of an individual nurse or woman in the Memorial’s grounds. It will serve to inspire generations and commemorate all nurses and midwives and remind us of their contributions of selfless service to Australia whether in war or in peace.

The Bullwinkel Project is also raising funds to establish new nursing scholarships in the names of Vivian’s 21 Australian nurse colleagues who were massacred on Bangka Island in 1942. These scholarships will inspire younger generations of nurses to lead their own contemporary journeys in providing exceptional skilled health care for all Australians. Australia needs many more nursing scholarships to support nurses as they invest in their education to ensure they have the skills to deliver the standard of health care Australia is known for.

Portrait by Shirley Bourne, Archibald finalist from 1955-57

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


International Nurses Day Lunch at Bowral

Diana Innes FACN shares the tales from the recent International Nurses Day lunch in Bowral which also honoured Vivian Bullwinkel.


It’s Time for Nurses Scholarship Fund

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The Bullwinkel Project 2021

Demonstrating personal sacrifice delivered with skill, empathy, generosity, humour, and true grit. A reminder for us all. Why the legacy of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA is so relevant today.