The University of Sydney Senate has recently announced that they plan on dissolving the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing course at the University of Sydney starting from next year. As you are most probably aware, the current worldwide shortage of nurses means that not even one undergraduate position can afford to be lost. Although other universities will be increasing their intakes of nursing students, this matter still raises 3 very important issues for the nursing profession:
1: With the current shortage, the Government needs to fund MORE nursing places, not allow universities to close down nursing schools.
2: The federal education minister, Dr. Brendan Nelson (a medical doctor who subscribes to the paternalistic old school notion of nurses being subservient to doctors) is subtly pushing for nurse education to be undertaken at TAFE, despite the national review of nursing recommending otherwise. Dropping the course from an institution such as Sydney Uni is one way of pushing this agenda.
3: It is a slight against the nursing profession, to suggest that it does not deserve representation through its undergraduate members at the oldest and most prestigious university in Australia. This is in line with the higher education reforms where universities are encouraged to focus on their strengths - because nursing does not attract millions in research grants it is being traded off for more funding in other disciplines.
I urge you to spend just a few minutes writing to either the University Senate, the federal education minister, your local state or federal representative, or an Australian newspaper. Nurses must be heard that their education is not second to other, more prestigious, disciplines; and that we do deserve representation at Australia's leading universities.
PS: For more info, check out the SMH article at http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/...?oneclick=true
Jun 12, '04
*****ATTENTION ALL NSW NURSES AND NURSING STUDENTS*****
This Wednesday (16/06/2004), NSW Nurses and Nursing Students will rally near state parliament to voice their dissatisfaction with the university senate/federal governments proposals. All who are able to make it on the day are urged to attend in uniform. Various professional organisations will also be present.
TIME: 2 pm (not midday, as advised previously)
VENUE: Sydney Hospital, Near The Statue of the Pig
Last edit by steve0123 on Jun 12, '04
Jun 13, '04
Education Minister Dr. Brendan Nelson was interviewed by Jane Singleton on ABC Radio on 09/06/2004. This is a transcript of the interview which I suppose could be taken as the ministers official position...
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING AS MANY OF YOU AS POSSIBLE THIS WEDNESDAY AT 2PM!!!
Last edit by steve0123 on Jun 13, '04