Which nursing programs are the best?
A new study has found that online nursing programs may be the best choice for Australians who are looking for a new profession or career.
The study, which surveyed 2,000 adults, found that more than two-thirds of respondents would consider attending a nursing program online.
“We found that over two-fifths of respondents are considering attending an online nursing program, with one-quarter of respondents also considering a local program,” said study co-author Dr John Sennell, an associate professor of nursing at RMIT University.
“This is in line with research that has shown that a good proportion of Australians would be interested in joining a local nursing program.”
The reason why this is so important is that there are a number of barriers that nursing students face when starting their career.
“A lack of confidence in the local nursing sector can be an important barrier for those who are interested in becoming a new nurse.”
Online nursing programs offer a range of options for students to meet the requirements of their chosen profession.
Students can apply for online nursing courses in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, which allow students to complete an online course with the aim of completing the degree within a year.
In a new study, Dr Sennel says it is not surprising that more people would consider a local RN program if they had experience working as a local nurse, or have previously worked in a local area.
“Although local nursing is an important industry, a great deal of people are not aware of the importance of local RNs and the value of that knowledge,” he said.
“Local RNs are among the best at their jobs and are recognised for their dedication to the community, as well as their skills in the community.”
Many nurses are still struggling to get a good understanding of how to apply their RN degree to the practice of nursing.
“While many RNs in Australia are doing very well in their local areas, many are not getting the training they need to continue their RN careers.”
According to the study, nearly a quarter of respondents were also interested in attending an RN program in a remote area.
In the meantime, Dr Niela Grewal, chief executive of the Australia and NZ RN Association, says there is a shortage of nurses in rural and regional Australia.
“There is a huge shortage of nursing staff across Australia, which is an issue that affects everyone in the RN community, including local RN providers,” she said.
Ms Grewale says the lack of nurses to support the growth of nursing in rural areas has resulted in a lack of training.
“In remote areas, we have nurses who have had years of experience and are keen to go into nursing,” she explained.
“They are not trained to provide nursing services, they have no knowledge of the practice and it is an ongoing issue.”
It’s a very complex issue and we are working very hard to improve the situation and provide training for those in remote areas who want to continue as nurses.