Dear NSW health department,
Clearly you think that the skilled nursing deficit is really a matter of numbers, and that a nurse is a nurse is a nurse. You can believe that putting a green graduate (even with a degree) in to key roles will work as well as having a nurse with years of experience. But even if you cross your fingers and wish really, really hard, it's just not so.
PS Dear ABC - why are you quoting the AMA? Are they more capable that the ANF of knowing what the effect of inexperienced nursing staff is?
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Grace - I keep thinking of the recent graduate who was "encouraged" to take on a remote hospital as DON (don't ask but there was lots of politics around it) 12 months later the hospital is being audited and he is on limited registration.
There are just so many pitfalls that even experienced RN's cannot avoid them all - hence the reluctance of those of us who know better to take on these jobs.
Where to start? Forget the idiot/s who encouraged him to apply, and then gave him the job (not because they're forgivable but because they don't illustrate my point) - what does it say about the lack of a concept at least one recent graduate has about his skill level, the dearth of knowledge and experience he has, the demands of that level of position, the challenge of remote area nursing...
One of our grads this year (who is, I grant you, not typical) stated ten weeks into her grad year that she'd "learned everything there [was] to know" on my tertiary-level acute care multispecialty unit, and was ready to move to ICU. :uhoh21: Mm-hmm.