Getting the mix right: Assistants in Nursing and skill mix

Shearer, Toniele
November 2013
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal;Nov2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p24
The article focuses on skill mix for nursing assistants in Australia. It comments on a shortage of registered nurses (RN) and mentions one reason for the lack of RNs is cost-cutting measures. It talks about the replacement of assistants in nursing (AIN) to compensate for the lack of RNs and reflects on the need for additional education for nursing assistants to ensure safe patient care. It examines time management in nursing and communication problems between RNs and AINs.


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