What are we waiting for?
The clinical education of Australia’s aged care nurses can no longer be treated as the Cinderella of nursing’s specialities. It is urgent that ways be agreed and measures taken to bring this branch of the profession, and residential aged care nursing in particular, into mainstream health care services. There should be no need to describe again the evolving shape of Australia’s demographic profile between now and the middle of this century; and no need to prove here that the ageing bulge is already placing a severe strain on staffing in the sector. A substantial percentage of the aged care nursing workforce is nearing retirement and the ratio of departures to recruits seems set to worsen at the same time as demand for high quality nursing care escalates. Important indicators – the number of the most highly dependent residents has doubled in the past seven years; compounding co-morbidities are increasingly common and an estimated 60-80% of residents in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) have a dementing illness – reveal the rapidly rising levels of frailty and dependency in the RACF population.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Aged care nursing, Clinical standards|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing|
|Deposited On:||30 Jun 2009 01:00|
|Last Modified:||30 Jun 2009 01:00|
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