Thursday, April 10, 2014

Professorial Inaugural Lecture - Prof Melanie Birks - 6 May (Townsville)

The School invites you to attend a Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Melanie Birks to be held in The Raffles Room at Rydges Southbank Palmer Street, South Townsville, Tuesday 6 May 2014 commencing at 6:00 pm.

The past, present and future of nursing education in Australia

Nursing is very much a barometer of society.  Peaks and troughs in the development of the profession can be traced to major events in history.  Periods of war, industrial and technological revolutions, globalisation, have all made their mark on the societies to which nurses provide a crucial service.  The system of education of nurses has evolved in response to the milestones of history, thus ensuring the successful adaptation of a profession that meets the needs of the individuals and communities they serve.  This lecture will reflect on the early history of nurse ‘training’ in Australia, debate the transfer of nursing education to the tertiary sector, examine the rapid and significant changes to the regulation and education of nurses in recent years, and consider the implications for educators of nurses in the face of challenges in the decades to come.

All Welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture


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