The nursing workforce is now older, more experienced and more highly trained than in the 1980s according to Nursing Labour Force 1993 and 1994, released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
A spokesman for the Institute, Mr John Harding said, 'Total nurse numbers in Australia since the late 1980s have been relatively stable. However the structure of the workforce changed significantly as nurse training moved from hospitals to universities between 1985 and 1993.
'The proportion of nurses aged less than 25 years declined from 33.3% in 1981 to 6.0% in 1994. The nurse workforce has become more highly skilled from additional training, a decline in the employment of the less highly trained enrolled nurses and a corresponding rise in employment of registered nurses. In 1994, 6,588 Australian students completed Bachelor degrees in nursing and a further 3,997 post-basic nursing qualifications.'
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