both good points Grace.
I guess that I would add to that the politicizing of health care is a major negative with huge implications for the next few years.
My pet gripe.... at present... is the latest "good" idea about education for nurses. Without revisiting the rights and wrongs of hospital v university training for nurses, I thought the battle was over who won and who lost a matter of opinion. It saddens me to think that the next 20 years will be wasted over the same arguments over wage parity and skill level our generation fought in the 70's and 80's.
If retention is an issue how on earth will setting up another level of entry help.
Sorry .... for non Aussies... after many years the last few hospital trained nurses are reaching the end of their careers so all those value laden comparisons between hospital trained and tertiary trained nurses should finally be dead and buried. Enter the current national leader with a great new idea...set up nursing schools in private hospitals and reintroduce a hospital based practical training with much more time on the wards and less time in classrooms.
Thats my little rant for the day so I'll head off to my new life as a historian.
Quote from Grace Oz
Answer to your questions:
1) What a privilege it was to have served my fellow human beings in such a way.
2) Sadly, by the lack of people entering the profession and/or being retained in the profession. Certainly in the earlier part of the 21st century.