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Choosing a nursing career: Building an indigenous nursing workforce


Deravin, L and Francis, K and Anderson, J, Choosing a nursing career: Building an indigenous nursing workforce, Journal of Hospital Administration, 6, (5) pp. 27-30. ISSN 1927-6990 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5430/jha.v6n5p27


Introduction: This paper provides an overview of the impact of government policy in supporting the growth of an Indigenous nursing workforce in New South Wales and Australia.

Methods: Publicly available nursing workforce performance reports along with current literature were reviewed to provide a perspective on the current situation.

Results and discussion: The National partnership agreement on closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes indicated that to improve Indigenous health outcomes, significant investment is required with particular reference to increasing an Indigenous workforce. As nurses comprise the majority of the health workforce a number of strategies and initiatives have been put in place to support this agreement. Even though there has been commitment through government policy and funding initiatives it is questionable if this is having any real impact on growing an Indigenous nursing workforce.

Conclusions: Recruitment strategies that will increase the number of Indigenous nurses within the health workforce requires a multilevel approach. Despite efforts to increase Indigenous nursing workforce numbers, there has been limited impact to any real successful gains since 2008. Building and growing an Indigenous nursing workforce that will support the "Closing the Gap" initiative will require significant continuing effort.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:132317
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-05-02
Last Modified:2019-06-12
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