Call for aged care to reflect “pivotal” role of nurses to deliver quality care


By Natasha Egan

Nurses are pivotal to the delivery of care in aged care and the sector needs to better support them to use their full scope of practice, the head of the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care has said.

Australian College of Nursing CEO Kylie Ward said she was “extremely concerned at the diluting of the standards of care and the fact that registered nurses are not seen as pivotal to the delivery of exceptional care.”

Older people entered residential aged care facilities because they provided nursing-led care that addressed their needs from a holistic perspective, Professor Ward told Australian Ageing Agenda.

“With the acuity and complexity of residents it is really important that there is a registered nurse and enrolled nurse in governance in the delivery of care,” she said.

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This story first appeared in Australian Ageing Agenda.


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