Australia faces a shortage of the equivalent of 27 percent of the entire nursing workforce within 13 short years, according to a new Health Workforce 2025 report. Current staff shortages, let alone the prospect of increasing staff shortages, will come as no surprise to staff themselves, as pointed out by Martin Laverty of Catholic Health, but hopefully will act as some kind of wake-up call to ‘consumers’ and governments across the board.
The report posits that measures to increase nurse retention offer the best prospect for meeting the shortages, “reducing the workforce gap by an estimated 82 percent for registered nurses and 66 percent for enrolled nurses”. The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) called on all levels of government to “act to provide better wages, training and education and career pathways to ensure the recruitment and then retention of Australia’s nursing and midwifery workforce”.
Do you see evidence of the shortages in your own workplace? You would think that such huge shortages would make nurses an even more valuable commodity – do you see any signs of that?
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