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Welcome to the Early Career Special Interest Group

Purpose

The primary purpose of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Early Career Special Interest Group (EC-SIG) is to support new graduates and early career nurses in their chosen career of mental health, provide a forum for the exchange of news, views and ideas in relation to beginning practice, and to provide a consultation avenue for the ACMHN regarding the emerging workforce by:

  1. Promoting careers in mental health nursing to key target groups (undergraduates, graduates, general nursing) 
  2. Promoting the College and College activities to mental health nurses who are at an early stage of their career in mental health nursing, or to undergraduate, graduate and general nurses who may be considering a career in mental health nursing. 
  3.  Working with central office staff and friends/associates of the ECMHNSIG (nurse unit managers, faculty members, clinical facilitators and other relevant leaders, professional, academic or service provision bodies) to:
  • Explore and support the development and establishment of a range of pathways into mental health nursing.
  • Facilitate the availability of professional development and mentorship opportunities for mental health nurses who are at an early stage in their career.
  • Support and facilitate the engagement of early career mental health nurses in the College and College activities.
  • Providing members of the College at an early stage of their career with a forum for exchanging news, views and ideas.

Membership

The membership of the EC-SIG shall consist of financial members of the College who are at an early stage in their career in mental health (e.g. new graduates to 5 – 10 years experience), or nurses who are interested in pursuing a career in mental health. Chair to record and collate membership with authority to delegate.The membership of the EC-SIG shall consist of financial members of the College who are at an early stage in their career in mental health (e.g. new graduates to 5 – 10 years experience), or nurses who are interested in pursuing a career in mental health. Chair to record and collate membership with authority to delegate.

Non ACMHN members and elist

Non ACMHN members who are early career practitioners may be included in distribution of email via elist or other social media membership (not ECMHNSIG membership) and have access to the ECMHNSIG webpage on the ACMHN site. The CEO of the College shall have final discretion as to such matters.

The e-list is for discussion of topics related to early career mental health nursing and also serves as the communication channel for members of the ACMHN Early Career Special Interest Group. The list is unmoderated in terms of pre-filtering but it is owned and monitored by the ACMHN and the ACMHN's e-list policy and usual rules of email etiquette apply.

To subscribe to the e-list, go to: https://lists.acmhn.org/mailman/listinfo/earlycareer 

Friends/Affiliates of the ECMHNSIG

College members who are well established in their careers and are interested in lending their support, networks and expertise to the role and activities of the ECMHNSIG will be able to become Friends/affiliates of the ECMHNSIG. Friends and affiliates of the ECMHN SIG may be invited to meetings of the ECMHN SIG and may offer additional support and advice as required.


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