The experiences of indigenous health workers enrolled in a bachelor of nursing at a regional Australian university

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Stuart, Lynne and Gorman, Don. 2015. "The experiences of indigenous health workers enrolled in a bachelor of nursing at a regional Australian university ." AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous peoples. 11 (1), pp. 29-44.
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The experiences of indigenous health workers enrolled in a bachelor of nursing at a regional Australian university

ERA Journal ID40493
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsStuart, Lynne (Author) and Gorman, Don (Author)
Journal TitleAlterNative: an international journal of indigenous peoples
Journal Citation11 (1), pp. 29-44
Number of Pages16
Year2015
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
ISSN1177-1801
Web Address (URL)http://www.alternative.ac.nz/content/experiences-indigenous-health-workers-enrolled-bachelor-nursing-regional-australian-0
Abstract

In Australia, the Indigenous health workforce is in urgent need of Indigenous health professionals with credible qualifications in higher education that they can draw upon when attempting to influence government policies and health strategies. One way that this can be addressed is by Indigenous health workers gaining a Bachelor of Nursing degree. This paper reports on a study that focused on the experiences of Indigenous health workers, and how they have met and overcome significant and specific challenges in higher education to become registered nurses. The active involvement of five Indigenous health worker participants is described and their experiences discussed in relation to cross- cultural awareness; financial, cultural, academic, family and peer support; stress factors; staying motivated; and the many and varied issues that impact on confidence levels. The paper provides a number of recommendations for improving the student support mechanisms for Indigenous health workers to overcome barriers to successfully participating in, and graduating from, higher education degree courses.

KeywordsIndigenous health, Indigenous health workers, Indigenous nursing, Indigenous registered nurses
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450499. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing not elsewhere classified
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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