The Perioperative Nursing Workforce Program in NSW: How a professional perioperative nursing association meets one of its mandates

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ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing, 2010, 23 (4), pp. 12 - 14
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The need to review and change the way nursing care is delivered in perioperative settings is predicated on nursing workforce shortages, the changing, increasingly technolbbsed and risk~prone OR practice milieu, and increasing demand for surgery. In responding to members' concerns about these issues, the NSW Operating Theatre Association Inc. (NSW OTA) in conjunction with and with sponsorship from the NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, initiated and oversaw rhe development of a program, called the Periol)crative Nursing Workforce Program (PNWP), The aims of this program arc to make better use of human resources, to improve the way care is provided and rhus improve patient outcomes; and to empower pcrioperative nurses so they are capable of independently improving rheir working environment. The program, which takes a practice develop!nent approach, program participants and some of their projects are presented in this paper.
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