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Strategies to support the growth and evolution of nursing and midwifery education in Tasmania


Francis, K and Tori, K and Dinh, H, Strategies to support the growth and evolution of nursing and midwifery education in Tasmania, Australian Journal of Clinical Education, 8, (1) pp. 1-8. ISSN 2207-4791 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.53300/001c.29661


There is a prediction of significant nursing workforce shortfalls across Australia. Tasmania, as an island state of Australia, is more sensitive to such a shortage due to the existing challenges associated with pre-service and postgraduate nurse education, training, recruitment and retention. This paper describes strategies adopted by the School of Nursing (SoN), University of Tasmania to ensure the preparation and sustainability of the registered nurse workforce that is pivotal for state-wide healthcare. Due to lower levels of educational attainment amongst Tasmanian school leavers, the SoN has developed alternative pathway programs that offer entry for students who do not meet standardised entry. Staged progression to pedagogically sound online teaching platforms, pre-requisite limitations and uncoupling subject contents are strategies that have been incorporated in new undergraduate curriculum. The SoNís postgraduate program includes a suite of 24 specialisations including a post-registration midwifery specialisation and students have the flexible option to exit the program at a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or finish at a masterís level. Partnerships with local industry, nursing associations, healthcare consumers, other health disciplines and students ensure that the SoN is responsive to sector needs and regulatory authority requirements to graduate qualified registered nurses serving in highly-demanding healthcare environments.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:registered nurses, workforce shortage, entry pathway, nursing education
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
UTAS Author:Tori, K (Associate Professor Kathleen Tori)
UTAS Author:Dinh, H (Dr Thi Thuy Ha Dinh)
ID Code:147374
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-10-28
Last Modified:2021-11-18
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