Nurses working in community aged care have the chance to receive financial assistance for professional development.

The Postgraduate Community Aged Care Nursing Scheme, which helps aged care nurses to engage in a variety of continuing education activities, has just been launched.

It is funded by the Commonwealth Government and administered by the Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA).

“All nurses are required to undertake professional development, and opportunities for professional development can often be costly,” said the RCNA’s Acting CEO, Dr Marg McLeod.

“To ensure we have the best possible nurses working in our community aged care sector, we need to support them in achieving the goals that will allow them to excel.

“The funding on offer through this scholarship scheme can assist these nurses to take advantage of professional development opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.”

The scholarships are open to registered nurses (division 1) across Australia who are working in community aged care and have a current practising certificate.

They are aimed at nurses who can demonstrate that receiving a scholarship will enable them to improve their contribution to community aged care.

Nurses are able to apply for assistance towards more than one course under the scholarship program.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 25 September 2009.

For more information, call 1800 551 201, send an email enquiry to scholarships@rcna.org.au or visit www.rcna.org.au

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