Blackfullas in ivory towers: referenced reflections of a Bundjalung graduate nurse

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Contemporary Nurse, 2017, 53 (6), pp. 691 - 697
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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Indigenous representation is essential to ensure the health workforce is culturally capable and safe for Indigenous patients. However, Indigenous Peoples remain underrepresented in tertiary education and the health workforce. Aim: This aim of this paper is to offer an unmediated, Aboriginal nurses’ perspective, on the experience, barriers and challenges of undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Design: Referenced reflection. Results: Education providers must be culturally capable themselves before teaching Indigenous content and facilitating sensitive classroom discussions. Financial, social and educational support is crucial to equip Indigenous students for tertiary study. Conclusion: To retain Indigenous students and contribute to a culturally capable workforce, it is imperative to listen and respond to Indigenous Peoples voices to shape learning experiences and support.
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