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ACCPA and providers unite to make aged care an employer of choice for nurses


85 Graduate RNs commit to staying in the aged care sector after completing the ACCPA program to address RN shortages and encourage more nurses to make aged care their preferred career destination.

A total of 85 Graduate Registered Nurses will be staying in the aged care sector after completing the Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) Aged Care Transition to Practice Program.

ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson congratulated the RNs, 75 of whom took part in the program over the past year and ten transitioning RNs who joined the program for six months from other nursing fields to move into aged care.

“We congratulate you in making the decision to stay in the sector and continuing to support vulnerable older Australians,” Symondson said.

“There is a critical shortage of RNs in aged care, something which has been well documented since before the pandemic, so every one of our graduates lights the way for others to follow.

“With the number of people requiring aged care set to double by 2050, we as a sector need to encourage more nurses to take that step and enter the aged care sector.

“Aged care can be a rewarding career with many opportunities to work in different settings. ACCPA, along with aged care providers, is working to make the aged care sector an employer of choice.”

Graduate RNs are part of a federal government-funded nursing program that focuses on critical workforce shortages in aged care by attracting more nurses to work in aged care by supporting their career development.

Bronwyn Doyle, National Team Leader for ACCPA’s Aged Care Transition to Nursing Program, said the program supports aged care nurses to start their careers in aged care with confidence.

“Nurses who work in aged care and community care environments have the privilege of building strong relationships with older people and their families, supporting quality of life to the end, and experiencing a sense of personal fulfilment that is difficult to find elsewhere,” Doyle said.

“Our program offers personalised service and ongoing support to aged care organisations, including recruiting nurse applicants wanting to work in the industry.”

The next intakes for the ACCPA Nursing Transition Practice Programs for graduate enrolled and registered nurses and transitioning registered nurses start in February and August 2023.

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.


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