Queensland Government boosts free TAFE for nursing students

In a bid to increase the pipeline of the next generation of nurses, the Queensland Government has injected extra funding to bolster fee-free TAFE for nursing students. An extra 3,500 free Diploma of Nursing placements will be offered in 2024, available through TAFE Queensland, CQUniversity and Mater Education, with the Government providing an additional $40.6 […]

Understanding enrolled nurse pre-registration nursing students

Now more than ever, we need to change the way we think about career trajectories and progression via higher education to cater for diversity within nursing student populations. As the healthcare sector continues to feel the pressure of workforce shortages, and universities widen participation, energy and focus must be directed at how we are best […]

Nursing students can now access supported clinical placements in aged care

Bachelor of Nursing students can now apply for supported clinical placements in aged care through the federal government’s new Aged Care Nursing Clinical Placements Program. The program involves clinical facilitators providing specialist support to nursing students, who must complete a minimum of 800 hours of clinical placement as part of their courses, while they are […]

Study: What would help retention of early career nurses in regional and rural areas?

What would help improve the job satisfaction and retention of early career nurses working across regional and rural Australia? It’s a question often contemplated by Heidi Rose, a clinical nurse based at Mount Gambier, and University of South Australia academics Dr Gemma Skaczkowski and Associate Professor Kate Gunn. So, they asked them. The study aimed […]

Husband and wife career switch to nursing

Husband and wife duo Jacob and Liana Cox have undergone a joint career life change with the aim of becoming nurses in rural and remote communities. For Jacob, a carpenter, and Liana, a police officer, life is a juggle of raising their two young children, while working and studying. Both started a Nursing Science degree […]

Heavy burden of clinical placements needs review

Lengthy, unpaid placements in higher education causing stress and financial instability for students have prompted calls for greater flexibility and sustainability in undergraduate clinical learning. Charles Darwin University (CDU) Head of Social Work, Associate Professor Lisa Hodge, told the ANMJ that a lack of flexibility and financial pressures put a strain on students who needed […]

Clinical placements need rethink to optimise student learning, study finds

Nursing students rate spending time with patients, performing assessments and observing nurses as they work the most beneficial to their learning while on clinical placement, a new Australian study has found. Commitments that take them away from the patient, such as tutorials and meetings, were less valued. The study, commissioned by the Council of Deans […]

More clinical placements needed to grow nursing workforce, peak body says

As workforce shortages loom, more quality clinical placements are necessary to ensure the country has enough nurses to meet growing healthcare demand, according to Universities Australia. The peak body for the sector highlighted the issue last Friday following developments from National Cabinet, which endorsed $2.2 billion package of “practical measures” to strengthen Medicare on the […]