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

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Best, Odette and Stuart, Lynne. 2014. "An Aboriginal nurse-led working model for success in graduating indigenous Australian nurses." Contemporary Nurse. 48 (1), pp. 59-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2014.11081927
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An Aboriginal nurse-led working model for success in graduating indigenous Australian nurses

ERA Journal ID40054
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBest, Odette (Author) and Stuart, Lynne (Author)
Journal TitleContemporary Nurse
Journal Citation48 (1), pp. 59-66
Number of Pages8
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationMaleny, Australia
ISSN1037-6178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2014.11081927
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 programme 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 programme at USQ: The Indigenous nursing support 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.

KeywordsAboriginal nurse academics; indigenous health as core curriculum; indigenous nurse graduations; indigenous nurse recruitment and retention model; indigenous nursing support model; helping hands
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450499. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing not elsewhere classified
420499. Midwifery not elsewhere classified
450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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