An Aboriginal nurse-led working model for success in graduating Indigenous Australian nurses

Best, Odette & Stuart, Lynne (2014) An Aboriginal nurse-led working model for success in graduating Indigenous Australian nurses. Contemporary Nurse, 48(1), pp. 59-66.

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Abstract

Australia needs more Indigenous nurses. This is widely recognised in both academic literature and government policy. In 2012, only 0.8 percent of the Australian nursing workforce was Indigenous (AIHW, 2012). In spite of the clear need, there is little discussion about how to successfully recruit, retain and graduate Indigenous nursing students. This paper describes a successful program being implemented at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Between 2000 and 2012, USQ graduated 80 Indigenous nurses and midwives, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In this paper, the authors outline the journey they undertook to develop the successful program at USQ: the Indigenous Nursing Support (INS) Model: Helping Hands. They argue that four elements underpin success for Indigenous nursing students: the availability of Indigenous academics, Indigenous health content in the nursing curriculum, Indigenous-specific recruitment materials, and individual mentoring and nurturing of Indigenous students.

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ID Code: 88637
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aboriginal nurse academics, Indigenous nurse recruitment and retention model, Indigenous health as core curriculum, Indigenous nurse graduations, Indigenous nursing support model, Helping hands, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081927
ISSN: 1037-6178
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Deposited On: 05 Nov 2015 23:19
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 23:19

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