Support strategies that graduate indigenous nurses - a dreaming journey

Stuart, Lynne and Nielsen, Anne-Maree and Horner, Vicki-Ellen (2010) Support strategies that graduate indigenous nurses - a dreaming journey. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 13 (3). pp. 95-100. ISSN 1440-5202


The University of Southern Queensland's (USQ) Department of Nursing and Midwifery is leading the way in the recruitment, retention and graduation of Indigenous students into both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs. The Indigenous nursing academics within the Department are proactive in providing academic and cultural support to help Indigenous nursing students advance toward graduation. The team of three Indigenous nursing academics has implemented strategies from the Indigenous Nursing Support (INS) model Helping Hands to support the retention of Indigenous nursing students. This retention tool is a highly successful and proven means of intervention, as demonstrated by USQ's national leadership in enrolments
and graduating students. Indigenous nursing enrolments at USQ have grown from 10 to 60 over a two year period, and USQ is now preparing to host the largest graduation (to date) in 2010, of 13 Indigenous registered nurses.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Monash University - paper unable to be displayed. Awaiting copyright advice.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 06:04
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 05:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous students; nursing; recruitment; retention; graduation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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