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Ethical issues in the recruitment and retention of graduate nurses : a national concern

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Stewart, M. 2003, Ethical issues in the recruitment and retention of graduate nurses : a national concern, Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 240-247.

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Title Ethical issues in the recruitment and retention of graduate nurses : a national concern
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Stewart, M.
Journal name Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 240
End page 247
Total pages 8
Publisher EContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2003-06
ISSN 1037-6178
1839-3535
Summary Australia like other countries is facing a crisis in the recruitment and retention of nurses. Adding to this crisis is the insufficient supply of new graduate nurses to meet current and future workforce demands. Unless changes are implemented that will bring likely demand and supply into balance, it is predicted that by the year 2010 (just seven year away) there will be a shortage of 40,000 nurses in Australia. Significantly, the current shortage of nurses is seeing hospitals, regions, States and countries compete fiercely with each other as they strive to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of nurses to meet their work force needs. The recruitment and retention strategies used by some prospective employers, however, have been highly questionable and raise serious questions about the ethics of nurse recruitment. In response to the issues raised, it is a key recommendation of this paper that mechanisms, including a national code of practice, need urgently to be put in place to ensure the effective, equitable and ethical regulation and monitoring of nurse recruitment and retention in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 220107 Professional Ethics (incl police and research ethics)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025955

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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