Staffing levels and a skills mix that allow for time to be spent on clinical and care tasks that respect the holistic needs of aged care residents must be prioritised, writes Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward.
The government has announced 72 new professional development and re-entry scholarships for nurses working in aged care or former nurses wishing to re-enter the profession in the aged care sector.
A decade of piecemeal interventions have failed to improve the image of aged care nursing in university courses and a more strategic and wide ranging approach is needed, say two professors of aged care nursing.
The federal member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, threw his support behind aged care nurses on Friday.
The ANF’s campaigning has been getting through loud and clear.. to nurses at least.