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A nurse leader in the making

By Karen Keast | Date Updated:

Young nurse leader Ely Taylor

At 25, Ely Taylor may be a late starter as a graduate nurse learning the ropes at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

But the young Canberra born and bred nurse is already fast compiling an impressive list of achievements and even career highlights.

Earlier this year, Ely made two presentations to thousands of nurses from across the globe at the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) 25th Quadrennial Congress and last year she was also involved in the merging of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia and The College of Nursing into the Australian College of Nursing.

As one of the five undergraduate nurses selected in the inaugural intake for the ACN’s five-year Emerging Nurse Leader program, Ely is being supported through the innovative
personal and professional development program designed to create Australia’s future generations of nurse leaders.

The program also aims to bridge the gap between past, present and future nurse leaders to retain knowledge crucial to the profession and to develop leaders equipped with the skills and opportunity to participate in forming the nation’s health care policy.

Already, the ENL program has opened up an entire new world of the nursing profession to Ely.

“It gives you the opportunity to meet such inspiring nurses, with nurses who are involved in policy and research and education,” she said.

“It gives you a really broad perspective on the profession as a whole and how it’s driving forward and evolving.”

After realising she wanted to become a nurse while volunteering in Indonesia, Ely studied her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Canberra and has received awards for academic and personal achievement.

Ely was also co-chair and president of the Canberra Rural Allied Health and Nursing Collective and involved in the National Rural Health Student Network before being selected to participate in the ENL program.

As a graduate nurse now working in liver and kidney transplants and about to start her new rotation in neurology, Ely is participating in the ENL while also applying to begin her Clinical Honours through the University of Tasmania.

Ely plans to continue to grasp every career opportunity that comes her way and hopes she will one day be able to contribute to advancing the nursing profession for other nurses.

“Nursing is so rewarding. Every day you learn something new which is a bit of a cliché but it’s so true,” she said.

“I have been really lucky to receive the opportunities I have had and, at the end of the day, I just want to be a good nurse.”
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