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.'
Other features of the report included:
18 April 1997
Further information:John Harding, ph. 02 6244
1153 or 04 1923 9582 (mobile).For media copies of the report
(108pp):Publications Officer, ph. 02 6244 1031 or 02 6244
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