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The federal government has announced a review of nursing education will start this year.

The last independent review of nurse education was in 2002.

Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie said the Educating the Nurse of the Future review would examine the preparation and education of nurses to ensure they continued to meet the expectations of the community and maintained their professional standards.

“The review will look at issues like making sure the nursing profession remains an attractive career option for students; ensuring that our nursing education system is internationally competitive and that career pathways for the enrolled, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are relevant.”

The review will also determine nursing requirements of regional Australia which was critical to increasing the number of health professionals outside of metropolitan areas, the Minister said.

The terms of reference for the review are to examine:

  • The effectiveness of current educational preparation and articulation between enrolled and registered nurses and nurse practitioners in meeting the needs of health service delivery.
  • Factors that affect the choice of nursing as an occupation, including for men.
  • The role and appropriateness of transition to practice programs however named.
  • The competitiveness and attractiveness of Australian nursing qualifications across international contexts.