Meeting the challenges of recruitment and retention of Indigenous people into nursing: the outcomes of the indigenous nurse education working group

Usher, Kim, Miller, Maria, Turale, Sue T, and Goold, Sally (2005) Meeting the challenges of recruitment and retention of Indigenous people into nursing: the outcomes of the indigenous nurse education working group. Collegian, 12 (3). pp. 27-31.

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Abstract

It has been recognised internationally that increasing the number of Indigenous people working as health professionals is linked to the improved health status of Indigenous people. When comparing Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous people continue to have poorer health standards and are much less likely to be involved in employment in health professions than other Australians. In 2000 the Indigenous Nurse Education Working Group (INEWG) was formed by government with the mandate to work collaboratively with universities and important professional nursing bodies across the nation in an attempt to increase the number of Indigenous registered nurses and to prepare nursing graduates with better understanding of, and skills to assist with, Indigenous health issues. This paper describes the work of the INEWG from 2000 to mid-2003: firstly in developing and implementing strategies aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of Indigenous people into undergraduate nursing programs; and secondly by helping university schools of nursing increase faculty and student understanding of Indigenous culture, history and health issues through educational processes. Lastly it summarises the INEWG’s 2002 recommendations to achieve a higher rate of Indigenous participation in nursing. The results of research into the success of these recommendations will be the subject of a later paper.

Item ID: 662
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Indigenous nurses, Nursing recruitment, Nursing retention, Indigenous health
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Copyright 2005 Royal College of Nursing Australia

ISSN: 1322-7696
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 51%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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