The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is bringing together nursing leaders and key industry stakeholders for roundtable discussions on securing employment opportunities for more than 3,000 Australian nursing and midwifery graduates unable to find jobs.
Federal Secretary of the ANMF, Lee Thomas, has said that the ongoing lack of employment opportunities for graduates remains one of the profession’s biggest workforce issues, with up to 40% of nursing & midwifery graduates without permanent employment across the country.
Ms Thomas said ““At a time when Australia faces a growing shortage of nurses and midwives, it’s simply appalling that so many graduates are unable to find work and many feel they have no option than to walk away from their chosen profession.”
“It’s now crucial that we find solutions for Australian graduates and continue to advocate for funding and structural changes across the industry to secure greater employment opportunities and increase the supply of a highly-educated, skilled labour force into the health and aged care sectors. In aged care alone, an extra 20,000 nurses are desperately needed to meet the challenges of a rapidly-ageing population,” Ms Thomas explained.
Posting from the roundtable event, the Australian Student and Novice Nurses Association representatives are clearly frustrated at discussions about graduate nurses not being 100% workforce ready:
Interesting that the Universities, the Council of Deans, the Nursing and Midwifery Boards, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA), all deem Graduates/Novices to be competent and ready to become registered as a nurse – Why then do we keep hearing the discussion about graduates not being work ready! Today we have heard again from our nursing leaders – stop the rhetoric! No graduate from any University is 100% ready.
We need to stop undermining our graduates, and instead instil belief in their abilities/skills.
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