The Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage is really starting to hit worldwide. I was aware of what was going on in the west but not in Australia. This issue is real here. I would have never thought we would have these issues in here. However, we are importing more and more medical staff from abroad. This is concerning and exciting at the same time. Let me explain where I am coming from.

Every year, Australia imports thousands of medical staff into the country. Most of this medical staff are nurses. I know what you are thinking. Why would these healthcare facilities not hire domestically instead spending the money to bring nurses here from foreign countries? The answer is simple. There are not enough classified nurses in Australia to meet the labor market demand.

This is concerning for a couple reasons. The biggest one being that Australia has a large portion of its population born in the baby boomer era. That means a large portion of the Australian population is getting older and reaching retirement age. These people are bound to have health issues as they get older. That means more of them checking into hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities for treatment. What happens when there are not enough nurses to take care of them all? Nothing good.

That is why I think Australia is taking preventative measures now. They are giving hefty scholarships for students to enter the medical field. Especially for nurses. But will that be enough? Australia might become the new hotbed for imported nurses. Many people from Asia and the west are looking for ways to travel and get paid for it. This might be a way. Either way, Australia needs nurses as soon as possible.

According to Nurse Frontier, nurses make almost $68,000 in the United States. Those nurses could stand to make much more in Australia. Especially if they have the experience and education under their belt. Australian healthcare facilities provide lucrative and extensive compensation packages for their employees along with 401k packages, great healthcare, life insurance, and 4 to 6 weeks off from work a year. That is better than most jobs in the United States.

However, we cannot just rely on importing nurses. Hopefully, Australia can produce more doctors and nurses from school. That process is going to take a while, though. Probably a couple decades for the supply to meet the demand. Baby boomers do not have that time. Australia is going need to import some help. Which this country a great opportunity from foreign nurses to travel. If you know any classified nurses in other countries, please ask them to come to Australia. We need them.

Sources:

  1. http://ramblingsoul.com/blog/ask-a-travel-nurse/
  2. http://www.blogtrepreneur.com/2015/10/12/what-is-the-average-flight-nurse-salary/
  3. http://www.nursefrontier.com/are-there-opportunities-for-nursing-abroad/

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