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The nursing workforce in Canada and Australia: two sides of the same coin

Christine Duffield and Linda O'Brien-Pallas

Australian Health Review 25(2) 136 - 144
Published: 2002


This paper compares characteristics of the nursing workforce in Canada and Australia and provides insights into reasons why the shortage of nurses is more critical today than ever before. Workplace issues are discussed in a global context. Factors that affect retention and recruitment are described. Factors that make the current shortage moreserious and different than at other times are also presented. Despite the shortage of registered nurses, their replacementwith unskilled workers jeopardises the quality of care.

© AHHA 2002

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