The Future Nursing Workforce: neonatal, paediatric and child health nurses

Cambridge Publishing
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Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 2008, 11 (3), pp. 3 - 8
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Modern technology and treatments are improving survival rates of children, but with the consequence of an increasing number of children growing up with chronic disease and disability. The increase in numbers will provide challenges for families caring for these children, the community, health services and the nursing workforce. This paper discusses some of the challenges facing the paediatric, neonatal and child health nursing workforce in meeting future demands. Issues such as increasing specialisation, direct entry and separate registration, disparity in nomenclature of positions, future role development and advanced nursing practice will be discussed.
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