Guest post by Gordo.
We are forever being told there is a nursing shortage and both state and Federal Governments talk about getting nurses back to work…
Well, our new National Registration body is referring former Registered Nurses to a leading NSW supplier of Nurse Education to do an eight week Assessment of Competence course, which requires the nurse to work for 150 hours for no wages.
And if that’s not outrageous enough: the cost is $10,000!
So, you may have completed your BN or diploma some years ago and left the workforce for children perhaps, having in mind that one day you will return to nursing. Fair enough. I’m sure there have been thousands of female nurses who have taken long maternity breaks and later successfully returned to work (at no or little cost to themselves).
In NSW, we are conned by NSW Health that there is a $6000 bounty for returning to the public sector – but only after working fulltime for 18 months straight (no annual leave to be taken).
APHRA now says there is a competency requirement before returning to the workforce after five years. That’s fair enough, but there are no ‘free’ Public Health training facilities, as there used to be – not even the Area Health services will be offering ‘free’ training any more (as an employee).
Previously, many returning nurses gained employment and refreshed their nursing skills in the workplace – often called on-the-job training. Now the cost is a mandatory $10,000 because there is only one provider (I can’t name that provider – for obvious reasons).
How is that fair?
How is that going to convince former Registered Nurses to re-enter the nursing workforce? Is there something here that doesn’t quite sound right? $10,000 plus you work for NSW Public Health for 150 hours, with no pay!
Feedback and opinions please!
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