The ANMF continues to work towards securing employment opportunities for newly graduating nurses and midwives. To do this, we need accurate information, which includes understanding how many of you have secured jobs in nursing or midwifery.
We're asking nurses and midwives who have recently graduated or are graduating to help us by signing up to our graduates group. We will then be in contact to find out whether you've got a job, if it's the job you want or whether you're still looking for work.
The information that you provide will be invaluable in helping the graduate nurses and midwives from your year and future years in securing employment.
ANMF Graduate Nurse and Midwife Roundtable
The ANMF brought together over 30 nursing and midwifery leaders and key industry stakeholders for unprecedented roundtable discussions on ways to secure employment for more than 3,000 highly-educated Australian nursing and midwifery graduates. We know that the situation will only worsen unless people in the position to make real change find solutions to improve employment opportunities for graduates. The Roundtable included representatives of the Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurse and Midwives, the Australian College of Midwives, federal politicians, public sector and aged care employers, nurse educators, a number of professional nursing associations and, new graduates themselves.
A working party has been formed and continues to work collaboratively committed to ongoing work to find solutions.
Survey of Grad Nurses and Midwives
In 2014 the ANMF conducted a survey of nursing and midwifery graduates to get a snapshot of information on employment opportunities for newly graduated nurses and midwives. A number of themes, were raised by those respondents who had not been able to secure employment. These included:
- No offer of employment due to lack of experience
- Without completion of a ‘new graduate program’ can’t get work
- Lack of jobs available for new graduates
- Many have applied for multiple positions – 15, 20, 30, 35 – without luck
- Some are working in administration or retail just to get by. | Read more
ANMF Submission into 457 Integrity Review
In 2014 Federal Government appointed an expert panel to review the current regulations on employers accessing skilled labour offshore, including nurses and midwives. The ANMF submission focused on the high numbers of new nursing and midwifery graduates who have been finding it difficult to get work.