Nurse education in Australia: Part 10

By Trish Lowe MACN – ACN Nurse Educator National Law (2009) and mandatory registration standards In 2005, the Council of Australian Governments [COAG] published the findings of a report by the Productivity Commission which detailed the challenges faced by Australia’s health system (Katsikitis et al. 2013). It highlighted the pressures arising from Australia’s ageing population,…

ACN awarded HESA accreditation for immunisation program

ACN awarded HESA accreditation for immunisation program

Recently, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN)’s 307 Immunisation for Health Practitioners course became the first in Australia to be accredited by Health Education Services Australia (HESA). This is a significant achievement as ACN has always advocated for the vital contribution nurses make to delivering immunisation programs as an important preventative health measure for the…

Nurse education in Australia: Part 9

By Trish Lowe MACN – ACN Nurse Educator The introduction of post basic research degrees and the emergence of non-clinical roles Throughout this series, the contributions to healthcare reform, made by economic and social change, establishment of Nursing Colleges and transition to tertiary education for nurses and midwives, have been highlighted. Predictably, these moves promoted-…

Historic Quadrant Building at University of Sydney

Nurse education in Australia: Part 8

The historic Quadrant Building at the University of Sydney By Trish Lowe MACN – ACN Nurse Educator Move towards tertiary education for Australian nurses- mid 1980s As previously discussed in this series, Australian nurses were originally trained in public hospitals, under an apprenticeship system. During the early 1900’s, The Australasian Trained Nurses’ Association (ATNA) established the minimum standards of clinical and theoretical knowledge required to be delivered…

Educating nurses on Endometriosis

ACN will be launching a postgraduate unit to educate nurses on endometriosis, thanks to an Australian Government grant and community collaborations with Endo Help. Endometriosis is a common, debilitating and aggressive benign condition which affects more than 10% of Australian women. It has historically been under-recognised and underdiagnosed in this country, but recently more attention…

Clinical supervision in a large teaching hospital: the dawn of a new era

by Katherine Schaffarczyk MACN, Nurse Educator, Westmead Hospital, Sydney   Overview of the literature There is evidence that clinical supervision has been practiced since the early days of Freud, with small groups gathering to discuss and review each other’s work (Carroll, 2007). In the late 19th century in the United States, clinical supervision was introduced for social…