Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship

Now in its fourth year, the Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship aims to help women in nursing develop leadership skills to advance their careers and to grow the nursing sector.

COVID-19 highlighted many lessons in nursing. After a decade working as a nurse, Le Truong noticed a disparity that could not be ignored. Although nursing is a predominantly female profession, many of the senior leader positions, including her role models, senior management and executive team, were held by men. Le wanted this trend to change.

In 2020 Le was a Nurse Unit Manager from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, leading a 50-person strong team working on a COVID-19 ward. In 2021, Le was awarded the Leadership in Nursing Scholarship to undertake a Masters of Healthcare Leadership at Southern Cross University. “I see so many young, eager nurses who are willing to move towards leadership positions, and this scholarship will help me foster that
environment for them,” Le said.

Last year’s winner, Lisa Vilė a senior nursing officer with the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office at the Western Australia Department of Health, has recently been promoted to co-lead a state-wide project building the advanced practice nursing workforce.

“Lisa could one day have a major influence on healthcare and the nursing system. She is kicking real goals,” said Bonnie Boezeman AO,  a founding CEW member. Inaugural scholarship winner Danielle Coates is the head of paediatric emergency at Sydney’s Royal North Shore, after 16 years in nursing.

“I am a passionate supporter of clinical nurses growing their leadership skills. I have a vision for the future of nursing and healthcare more broadly, and I want to be in a position to influence change informed by my years of clinical experience,” she said. The CEW Scholarship Program continued to thrive with growing numbers of scholars and partners despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. The extended pause on overseas travel was the number one factor contributing to the upheaval as scholars were unable to attend many courses. Thankfully, higher education providers quickly pivoted to online solutions and most of our 2020/21 scholars are completing courses remotely.

Scholar – Le TruongTwo inspiring women leaders announced as scholars Bonnie Boezeman AO began sponsoring the scholarship in 2019 in response to a lack of nurses in Australia. Pre-pandemic, there was a predicted shortfall of 85,000 nurses and COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the workforce.

“We need to find ways to support women nurses, to develop the leadership skills and capabilities that will help them both advance their own careers and grow the nursing sector as a whole,” Bonnie Boezeman AO said.

Our three recipients, from Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales are going from strength-to-strength as we endeavour to grow leadership in nursing nationally. Growing the pipeline of women leaders is at the core of CEW’s mission.

Applications for the Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship open early 2022. Share this opportunity with women leaders you know or start considering your application.