Congratulations Le Truong – Nurse Unit Manager, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Chief Executive Women (CEW) is proud to award its ground-breaking Leadership in Nursing Scholarship to Le Truong, a Nurse Unit Manager from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne where she is also celebrating 10 years of service. Ms Truong led a team of 50 through the 2020 pandemic on a designated COVID-19 ward.

The resilience shown by her and many other nurses during the pandemic is a key quality of leadership according to Bonnie Boezeman AO, Scholarship Benefactor and a founding member of CEW.

“As essential workers, they’ve shown enormous resilience showing up every day and not knowing what challenges would face them and they take it in their stride, like true leaders,” Ms Boezeman said.

“From clapping in the streets to the tribute at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games, nurses have been publicly recognised for their contribution like never before. It is well overdue.

“The qualities of a good nurse include caring, communication skills, empathy, attention to detail, problem solving, stamina, sense of humour, commitment to patient advocacy, willingness to learn, critical thinking, time management, leadership and experience. These are the exact same skills of a great leader.”

Ms Truong will use these qualities to further her leadership skills and make meaningful changes in the nursing profession, especially for women.

“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. Nursing is a predominantly female profession, yet many of the senior leadership roles in healthcare organisations are held by men. I want this to change,” Ms Truong said.

The Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship will see Ms Truong undertake a Master of Healthcare Leadership at Southern Cross University.

Southern Cross University Chancellor Sandra McPhee AM said the online course was designed with flexibility for working nurses. “It allows nurses to engage with the latest evidence-base to further develop their confidence and leadership, whilst extending their skill set to enhance their day-to-day nursing practice,”

“As a long serving member of Chief Executive Women, I am particularly pleased celebrate this important partnership with Southern Cross University as we both strive to develop the future health workforce, recognising the critical role that female nurses play on a daily basis in our healthcare.” Chancellor McPhee said.