Nurses and midwives are driven by a sense of compassion, altruism, and public service. Expanding opportunities—and salaries—make these careers even more attractive. But it’s an especially exciting time if you’re a nurse or midwife with a postgraduate degree.
According to a 2018 report by Deloitte Access Economics, “Australia is currently facing a long-term labour shortage of nurses (and midwives), with a projected shortfall of approximately 85,000 nurses by 2025.”
Many thousands of those positions will require nurses and midwives who have postgraduate qualifications. And Census data says that the average annual income of nursing professionals with a postgraduate qualification in nursing or midwifery will increase over the next five years, rising to $111,235 in 2021–22.
“The growing chronic disease burden means that there will be further need for nurses to be better utilised in specialist roles, such as in overseeing patients’ chronic disease management programs,” according to a 2017 study by the Australian Government Department of Health.
“Additional study in the nursing area can enable workers to develop advanced knowledge and skills which can accelerate their progression to leadership roles. Nurses may need to take on more complex and specialised roles in order to manage patient care,” adds Deloitte.
“The development of advanced care skills and management capabilities through further study in nursing management and leadership will be necessary to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of suitably qualified workers required to fill these senior roles.”
Deloitte is one of several prognosticators of a bright future for nurses and midwives who’ve attained postgraduate qualifications.
According to Darcy Associates, in Victoria, “Organisations highlighted many direct benefits from employing postgraduate-trained nurses and midwives, including improved critical thinking skills, a greater capacity to manage complex care needs, the ability to guide other staff, and knowledge of evidence-based practice and research and how these can impact patient outcomes.”
At Charles Darwin University, we’re ready to help you meet this exciting future, with nine newly-created, nationally-recognised advanced nursing and midwifery qualifications. You can study on campus, online, part-time or full-time, and do it in a way that suits your needs. We’ve been teaching this way for nearly 20 years, and we’re experts at online education.
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Read the Deloitte Access Economics report: The future of work, occupational and education trends in nursing in Australia.