Lessons from the Pandemic for Nursing Education and Practice
“Now that we’ve overcome the crisis point, we can implement what we learned into our teachings for the next generation of nurses. These new nurses are graduating with a better understanding of self care, protecting oneself and their loved ones, and providing care to others safely and holistically.”
- communicating with patients via text or telehealth services
- utilising e-scripts
- accessing electronic records; and
- using computers to facilitate medication dispensing.
“VFA nursing graduates are well-prepared. Many have completed their studies during Australia’s most challenging healthcare crisis and are ready for whatever other challenges may come their way,” says Louise.
Building a Better Future for Nurses and Patients
Another crucial aspect is promoting diversity and inclusivity within the nursing workforce. Diversity in the nursing workforce provides open communication with diverse patients and fosters innovation in nursing practices. The international shortage of nurses highlights the importance of opening doors to a diverse nursing workforce.
As a Canadian nurse who immigrated to Australia, Louise says her knowledge of internationally renowned healthcare systems has enabled her to implement practices from both countries to ensure her patients receive the best care possible.
“Every country in the world is currently scrambling for nurses amidst an international shortage. If Australia doesn’t open its doors to a diverse nursing workforce, it will become even more short-staffed as there is a mass call for nurses. We all know that diverse workforces breed innovation.”