Helping Nurses Get Back to Work
University of South Australia
UniSA's School of Nursing
and Midwifery has won a tender to run an assessment service aimed at
allowing qualified nurses who have dropped our of the profession to
Run in conjunction with the Nursing Agency
of Australia, the Competency Assessment Service will be available to
people who already hold a qualification as a registered or enrolled nurse,
midwife or mental health nurse.
The assessment services will also be open
to people who gained their qualification overseas.
Each client will be referred to the service
by the Nurses Board of South Australia and receive a self-directed
learning package addressing professional, legal, ethical, cultural,
clinical and evidence-based practice aspects relevant to safe nursing and
midwifery in South Australia. They will be required to complete a
test to assess their competency against the national standards.
Senior lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery
Dr. Paul Arbon says the assessment service is one of several strategies to
overcome the severe shortage of qualified nurses in Australia.
"I think there's a growing recognition
that there has been a problem and we're now seeing a concerted effort to
emply and train more nurses," he said.
"There is increasing competition
between employers, and in many instances workplace conditions are
Dr. Arbon says there are thousands of
qualified nurses and midwives living in SA who may be interested in the
Competency Assessment Service.
"Some may be eligible to re-register
straight away, others will need to be reassessed, and some of that group
who have been out of the system for longer may need retraining. The
objective is to probide a range of options."
For more information on the Competency
Assessment Service, contact the Nurses Board of South Australia on (08)