Australian Nursing Federation:"The ANF is the national union for nurses and the largest professional nursing organisation in Australia. The ANF's core business is the industrial and professional representation of nurses and nursing through the activities of a national office and branches in every State and Territory."
Professional Services (Canberra Office)
Unit 3, 28 Eyre Street, Kingston ACT 2604 Australia
Tel. 61 2 6232 6533
Fax. 61 2 6232 6610 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.anf.org.au/
March 20, 2006: Australia: Boom in nursing faces new hurdle:"THE University of Tasmania's nursing degree is soaring in popularity but there are concerns hospitals cannot keep up with the influx of trainees. A record 290 students have enrolled in the first year of the University of Tasmania's Bachelor of Nursing degree this year, which is 70 more than the usual intake. Overall, the degree has 790 enrolled this year compared with 694 last year. The Australian Nursing Federation yesterday welcomed the surge in interest in nursing, but warned it would be difficult to cater for the extra undergraduates needing clinical placements in hospitals." http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,18528915%255E3462,00.html
February 26, 2006: Australia: Police check plan for carers:"AGED care specialists will consider making police checks mandatory for all nursing home workers at an emergency summit in Canberra next month.
The meeting of the Aged Care Advisory Committee (ACAC) was called after allegations four women aged in their 90s were sexually abused by a male staff member in a Victorian nursing home last year.
Minister for Ageing Santo Santoro said the March 14 summit would look for solutions to allegations of abuse, including whether to introduce mandatory reporting of suspected abuse and protection for whistleblowers." http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18279122-29277,00.html
May 02, 2005: Australia: Nurse shortage eases:"MORE nurses and midwives are returning to the state's public health system, figures show. State Government data shows in the past three years, the vacancy rate for nurses and midwives in the public system has halved. In January, there was a shortage of 301.3 full-time equivalent nurses and midwives in public hospitals. In July 2002, there was a shortage of 611.26. Latest figures from the South Australian Nurses Board also show an increase in the number of enrolled and registered nurses in SA. The figures show there are 25,783 enrolled and registered nurses, compared to 23,638 in June 2002." http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15147929-1246,00.html
January 4, 2005: Australia: Rejected as nurse for bad writing:"STEPHANIE Goldner admits her handwriting is messy - but never thought it could cost her a job. Ms Goldner, from Avalon on Sydney's Northern Beaches, is reeling from failing an entrance exam to become an enrolled nurse - because her handwriting was deemed not up to scratch.
"They said my arguments were well-developed, I had answered the questions well but my handwriting was too messy," the 23-year-old said yesterday. "He [an exam assessor] said, 'I can see why they failed you. It wasn't for your content, your writing's pretty hard to read'." http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11842481%255E421,00.html
Tuesday, October 26, 2004, AMA criticises nurse poaching:"The Australian Medical Association (AMA) says the recruitment of foreign nurses is a short-term fix and should not be the main solution to addressing the current nursing shortage.
Vice-president of the AMA Mukesh Haikerwall says instead of poaching nurses from countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe, more should be done to train nurses locally. "People are being recruited currently from countries where their services would be far greater of use and benefit," he said." http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1228456.htm
Warning on nurse ratio, April 14, 2004:"PATIENTS would die if the Victorian Government forced nurses to abandon mandatory nurse-patient ratios, a leading academic warned yesterday.
Sioban Nelson said international research showed that when a nurse took on more than four patients, the risk of each additional patient dying rose by 7 per cent.
Victoria is the only state with a mandatory staff ratio in hospitals of five nurses for every 20 patients, although unions in Western Australia and Tasmania have demanded a similar system in their latest wage claims." http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9272200%255E23289,00.html
January 19 2003: Australia: Nursing places cut despite shortage:"Some Victorian universities have cut nursing places this year despite rising demand among school-leavers and a serious shortage in the health system. At least 4200 Victorians are believed to have applied for nursing courses, a substantial rise from last year, education sources said. Nursing faculties have warned that without extra funding, they cannot offer any new places, despite the state's urgent need for more nurses. A spokesman for Health Minister Bronwyn Pike told The Sunday Age: "An additional 800 undergraduate university nursing places are required immediately to meet current and projected demand." http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/01/18/1042520820219.html
6 January 2003: Australia: Popularity of nursing trainng continues to grow:"Demand for nursing training has continued to rise in the
territory, as hospitals across the country struggle to maintain staffing levels.
Applications for the University of Canberra's nursing degree outstripped vacancies again this year, with about 500 people vying for less than
UC Pro Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Khadra said this was the fifth year that the course's popularity had increased.
This was pleasing news for the university, but did not address the current staffing crisis.
About 20 per cent of nurses left the profession after their first year, he said.
"We have a nursing shortage of about 70,000 in the world at the moment.
"One problem is that while we can train them, we can't fix the conditions under which they work," he said.
The news comes after reports that nurses continued to shun the public hospital system in NSW in the last financial year, with more than
two-thirds of those registered choosing to work elsewhere." http://canber
December 19, 2002: Australia: Nurses win pay rise:"The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has awarded the state's nurses a six per cent pay rise, which together with previous agreements will boost their salaries by almost 16 per cent by mid next year.
In an interim ruling, the commission said the six per cent rise should help address chronic nurse shortages plaguing NSW public hospitals.
The increase is effective from January 1, the same day a previously agreed four per cent rise will kick in.
Nurses' pay will climb by a further five per cent on July 1 under a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government.
"The full effects of these increases will be to produce a total increase of over 15.75 per cent in the first six months of 2003," the commission said." http://news.ninemsn.com.au/National/story_31669.asp
December 15 2002: Australia: Foreign nurses hired as shortage bites:"One of Melbourne's biggest private hospitals, the Epworth, is recruiting about 60 nurses from Ireland - almost all of them Filipinos - as Australia joins the international search for qualified nursing staff, who are in short supply the world over.
The nurses will begin work in January and February on 12-month contracts and will join another contingent of about 40 the hospital recruited from Singapore last year in its first overseas recruitment drive.
A number of public hospitals, including the Monash Medical Centre, Peninsula Health and the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre, are also recruiting overseas, in a bid to boost staff levels and complement local recruitment efforts." http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/12/14/1039656259663.html
July 2001, Senate Inquiry Into Nursing, Australian College of Health Services Executives:"The Australian College of Health Services Executives has consulted with its members and the wider health industry to canvass their level of concern about shortage of nurses. This has been done through a workshop and establishment of a College working party which reviewed members' suggestions and previous research.
There is a lack of applicants for HECS places in Universities in nursing courses and there are therefore insufficient numbers of new nurses being produced. Additionally there is a high level of attrition from the workforce with many trained nurses taking up alternative careers. As a result there are vacancies throughout the health services, with some specialist areas being harder hit than others (eg midwifery, critical care, mental health, aged care, particularly dementia specific)." http://www.achse.org.au/whatsnew/nursing.html
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
676 N. St. Clair Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. email@example.com http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp
Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater.
There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries.
Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses." http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm
The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already).
As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
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Los Angeles, CA 90010
Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1
Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
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Los Angeles, CA 90010
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