Nursing is not being used to its potential, leaving the door open to reform that does not reflect the realities of providing healthcare and aged care, a white paper from the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has warned.
Nurses are Essential in Health and Aged Care Reform was launched in Canberra last week. It outlines the contribution nurses make in leading healthcare and aged care, and the importance of a strong nursing voice in achieving sustainable and person‐centred reform.
The paper calls on Australian governments to engage with ACN and the nursing profession to ensure nurses are represented at all levels of health and aged-care reform.
“Engaging nurses in the health and aged-care reform agenda is critically important to ensure that it reflects the practical realities of providing health and aged care,” the white paper stated. “Nurses, therefore, must be key leaders in discussions that set standards and determine models of care. The nursing profession is ideally placed to enact the health and aged-care reforms needed for a more integrated, contemporary and sustainable health and aged-care system.”
Moving forward, ACN would like Australian governments to work closely with the college in health and aged care reform to:
- recognise the nursing profession’s role
- invest in policy platforms that enable the full participation of the nursing profession
- ensure the nursing voice is heard in strategic policy debates and reform developments
- recognise the value of nurse-led innovation
- support nurses in working to their full scope, and expanded scope where necessary
- acknowledge the pivotal role of nurses in setting standards of care.
Nursing Review sat down with adjunct professor Kylie Ward, chief executive of ACN, to discuss the white paper.Do you have an idea for a story?
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