Shaping an Autralian nursing and midwifery specialy framework for workforce regulation: criteria development

King, Susan Jane, Ogle, Kaye Robyn and Bethune, Elizabeth 2010, Shaping an Autralian nursing and midwifery specialy framework for workforce regulation: criteria development, International journal of health planning and management, vol. Early view, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1002/hpm.997.

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Title Shaping an Autralian nursing and midwifery specialy framework for workforce regulation: criteria development
Alternative title Australian nursing and midwifery specialty criteria
Author(s) King, Susan Jane
Ogle, Kaye Robyn
Bethune, Elizabeth
Journal name International journal of health planning and management
Volume number Early view
Start page 1
End page 17
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Place of publication West Sussex, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0749-6753
Keyword(s) health workforce
specialty criteria
Summary One of the biggest obstacles identified in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was the lack of available qualified health personal to meet the health needs of the global population. With nurses being the main workforce  component in health systems, the human resource challenge for most  countries is to address the reported shortage of nurses. Skill mix is one suggestion.

In Australia, workforce projections indicated a shortage of 40,000 nurses by 2010. Toward the reform of the Australian health workforce, one project aimed to develop a nationally consistent framework for nursing and midwifery specialization based on knowledge and skills to generate the first national  database iteration for designated specialties. A literature review looked at the way nursing specialty practices were defined in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada. Three international and three national sources of criteria for specialty nursing practice were mapped against each other. The result was six criteria synthesized to define nursing practice groups as Australian  nursing specialties. Each criterion was operationalized with criteria indicators to meet Australian expectations. The nurses in Australia commented on the criteria before they were finalized. An audit of national workforce databases identified nursing practice groups. The criteria were applied to identify nursing specialties and practice strands that would form a national nursing framework. This paper reports on the criteria developed to assess specialty practice at a national level in Australia.
Notes IN PRESS : Published Online: 18 Jan 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/hpm.997
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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