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

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. ISSN 1037-6178


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 06:35
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2017 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal nurse academics; indigenous health as core curriculum; indigenous nurse graduations; indigenous nurse recruitment and retention model; indigenous nursing support model; helping hands
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081927

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