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Choosing a nursing career: Building an indigenous nursing workforce


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Deravin, L, Francis, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3578-2498 and Anderson, J 2017 , 'Choosing a nursing career: Building an indigenous nursing workforce' , Journal of Hospital Administration, vol. 6, no. 5 , pp. 27-30 , doi: 10.5430/jha.v6n5p27.

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Introduction: This paper provides an overview of the impact of government policy in supporting the growth of an Indigenousnursing workforce in New South Wales and Australia.Methods: Publicly available nursing workforce performance reports along with current literature were reviewed to provide aperspective on the current situation.Results and discussion: The National partnership agreement on closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes indicated that toimprove Indigenous health outcomes, significant investment is required with particular reference to increasing an Indigenousworkforce. As nurses comprise the majority of the health workforce a number of strategies and initiatives have been put in placeto support this agreement. Even though there has been commitment through government policy and funding initiatives it isquestionable 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 amultilevel approach. Despite efforts to increase Indigenous nursing workforce numbers, there has been limited impact to any realsuccessful gains since 2008. Building and growing an Indigenous nursing workforce that will support the “Closing the Gap”initiative will require significant continuing effort.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Deravin, L and Francis, K and Anderson, J
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Hospital Administration
Publisher: Sciedu Press
ISSN: 1927-6990
DOI / ID Number: 10.5430/jha.v6n5p27
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Copyright 2017 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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