Growing Leadership Qualities

A conference retreat to explore the traits of an exceptional leader

14-16 November 2022 | The Sunshine Coast | 15 CPD Hours

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Conference Synopsis

In this retreat we are going to explore how to develop characteristics or traits of effective leadership. We will build on these qualities, exploring how to develop sound leadership characteristics. As well as lectures there will be opportunity to develop communication skills in the form of small group workshops.

Assistance and guidelines will be delivered on how to give negative feedback and manage difficult situations in the role of a nurse leader (manager).  We will examine how to develop healthy boundaries which is linked to psychological wellbeing.

The issue of burnout will be examined and how it applies to the specific challenges of a nurse leader.

The retreats content is considered vital knowledge as managers and leaders face the unique challenges around them currently in the workplace. The exploration of key concepts will enhance  self-development which is linked to growth of knowledge and skills. This growth will enable the leader to provide support to colleagues and others in their workplace.

Often nurses are promoted to positions of leadership with little support on how to manage difficult situations. This can create feelings of inadequacy and increase in anxiety and stress. This unique retreat offers not just education but includes a supportive environment with caring and experienced facilitators to assist you explore these difficult topics.

The group will join together to learn practical strategies on how to work with very difficult people in their personal and professional life. 

In addition to the conference program attendees will have the opportunity to explore a number of activities to assist them manage stress and prevent burnout. Each day attendees can join the facilitators on optional walks and activities in this beautiful seaside environment. We will explore different forms of stress management activities and topics that can only be unpacked in a supported learning environment.

This Nursing Retreat has been developed by two experienced facilitators who look forward to working with you in the natural environment of the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Other health care professionals (paramedics and others) are also very welcome to attend.

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Who is this conference for?

This is a conference retreat for all nurses irrespective of clinical specialty. The content applies to the Clinical Nurse, Nurse Managers, through to the Director of Nursing. It also applies to the Registered Nurse who is planning on applying for a leadership position in the future and wants to prepare by developing skills.

It also relates to the experienced leader who is interested in increasing their skills. The issue of workplace violence is real within our professional culture as evidenced by increasing levels of burnout and distress. The skills you will learn at the conference will be valuable to you whether you have experienced bullying or not.

If you are a clinical facilitator, educator, nurse leader, or aspiring nurse leader, this conference provides you with essential knowledge for your role. It assists you to develop your emotional intelligence and assertion skills to recognise and manage these difficult concepts. You will learn the strategies of how to support your team.

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Learning Outcomes

In this Conference you will:

    • Explore the difference between an average manager and an effective leader.
    • Learn the characteristics or traits of leadership and how to develop them.
    • Learn to recognise micromanagement and characteristics of ineffective or poor management.
    • Discuss the effect of poor management on the morale and mental health of the team
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You will Also learn:

In this conference you will:

    • The techniques of assertiveness in managing conflict with different personalities
    • How to chair a meeting and how to give negative feedback to a staff member
    • About the manifestation of burnout and learn strategies to assist with healing
    • How to manage difficult situations and recognise bullying characteristics
    • About your own strengths in your personality
    • How to recognise different personalities in your team
    • Strategies on how to avoid traps in management
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Why a retreat?

A retreat conference is a seminar that is designed to facilitate the ability of a group to step back from their day-to-day demands and activities for a period of concentrated discussion and exploration about specific issues.

In the past Nurses have not been offered retreats, they have not been provided with the support that other professions have. Nurses make up the largest health care professional group but their distinctive needs have been overlooked.

The need for this Nursing retreat is based on the counselling work of Anne Evans-Murray. Anne works with many Nursing clients and provides practical assistance to deal with multiple issues.

So, join us at this bespoke retreat experience as we step back from our day-to-day demands and stressors and take advantage of the supportive environment that a retreat offers.

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Is this part of my Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Yes, it is!

Under the code of conduct in Domain 7: Promote Health and Wellbeing,  the value statement that we, as Nurses and Midwives are required to abide by is:

“Nurses and Midwives promote health and wellbeing for people and their families, colleagues, the broader community and themselves in a way that addresses health inequality.”

This means that the information and education provided at this retreat is perfect to meet your obligations under this domain and thus claimable as a CPD activity.

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Our Presenters:

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Anne Evans-Murray

R.N., BHlthSc, MACCCN, Grad.Dip Ed, MEd, Dip Counselling, GradCertCritCare, CertIV Training and Assessment, CertIV in Mediation

Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District & Griffith University.

Anne Evans-Murray

Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University.

Currently, she is a guest lecturer at Bond University medical school. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences & seminars throughout Australia & New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias & ECG interpretation, chest x-ray interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertivness training and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors and paramedics.

Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient’s condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes.

She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”, “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’. Her ECG book is a textbook sold in many universities in Australia.

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Sue Walker

RN, BN, BN (ADMIN), MPHC (PALCARE), MACN Specialist Nurse Educator Sue Walker is the Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Conference Program:

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Day one: Monday 14 Nov 2022

Topics covered today will include: 

  • Difference between an average manager and a great leader
  • Leadership
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Day Two: Tuesday 15 Nov 2022

Topics covered today will include:

  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Bullying and the courageous leader
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication (small group training)
This evening we invite all attendees and their guest/s to join the conference facilitators at an optional dinner and drinks.
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Day THREE: Wednesday 16 Nov 2022

Topics covered today will include:

  • Mindfulness and Burnout
  • Responsibilities of a Leader – Giving negative feedback
  • Personality Profile
  • Communication (small group training)


The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses.

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The Venue:

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Surfair Events Centre

923 David Low Way, Marcoola QLD 4564

07 5457 2555

Things to do During your Sunshine Coast Visit

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Bli Bli Watersports

Located on David Low Way Bli Bli Watersports boast 50 acres of water-born-fun to be had.

From wakeboarding in the cables ski area, bouncing on the inflatable in Wake Park or throwing a line in to try and catch the elusive Barra, you are sure to have a great time.

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Enjoy some fabulous food

Without a doubt the Sunshine Coast is a great place for any foodie to visit. It has an array of delicious places to eat and farmers markets to visit.

Even the venue of the conference is well known for its tasty food.


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Need some retail therapy?

Of course the place to go to fight the shopping big is to visit iconic Sunshine Plaza.

With over 320 specialty stores there is something for the whole family.

Who doesn't love a good dose of retail therapy?

Our affiliation with ACN provides you with the opportunity to grow your career and tap into your individual potential.

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Happy attendees

The overall conference was fantastic. I would not change anything. There was a lot of content to cover, but it was enjoyable. Sue and Anne you were wonderful. Thank you.


Nursing Retreat 2021

A very big thank you to Anne and Sue for your wonderful team effort to make these 2.5 days one of the best learning activities I have experienced. You delivered a perfect combination of expertise, wisdom, humour, kindness and warmth in a naturally beautiful setting. The resources are excellent and will continue support my professional and personal development. Three cheers!!!!


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I found both presenters very open to interactive learning. I would be keen to attend further seminars held by both fabulous teachers!


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  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • Conference Presenters that are a recognised expert in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
  • Welcome function on the first night
  • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as outlined in the program
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenters
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
Disclaimer: The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfNN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

Registration Cost

$790.00 inc GST

NB: Price does not include accommodation, travel costs or the optional dinner.
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