The Australian and New Zealand dialysis workforce study in the international context

Polaschek, Nick, Bennett, Paul N. and McNeill, Liz 2009, The Australian and New Zealand dialysis workforce study in the international context, Journal of renal care, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 170-175.

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Title The Australian and New Zealand dialysis workforce study in the international context
Author(s) Polaschek, Nick
Bennett, Paul N.
McNeill, Liz
Journal name Journal of renal care
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 170
End page 175
Publisher EDTNA/ERCA
Place of publication Paris, France
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1755-6678
1755-6686
Keyword(s) dialysis
workforce
nursing
renal
education
Summary Background: Given increasing demand for renal replacement therapy, this study sought to identify of key workforce issues facing dialysis units, based on a “snapshot” of the current workforce.

Methods: A web-based survey of all dialysis unit managers in Australia and New Zealand, in October 2008, about their workforce.

Results: A significant minority of dialysis staff in most regions were not registered nurses. Many renal registered nurses worked part time. Staff/patient ratios in dialysis units varied significantly by region, reflecting the relative prevalence of home therapies. Most dialysis units were generally adequately staffed. The proportion of registered nurses with specific renal qualifications varied significantly by region.

Conclusion: The changing character of the workforce in the dialysis unit in the future will require clarification of the relationships between different categories of dialysis staff. Specialty education for nurses needs to be oriented to equipping staff to be effective in their changing work environment.
Language eng
Field of Research 110312 Nephrology and Urology
Socio Economic Objective 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033148

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