Australia’s nurses are invited to participate in a research survey that will create a snapshot of the eye care nurse workforce and help shape discussion about its future involvement in eye care.
Led by CERA researcher and registered nurse Heather Machin, and supported by the Australia Ophthalmic Nurses Association, the study will gather key information about the kinds of settings that nurses, caring for people with eye care needs, work in, where they are located and the different roles they perform.
“We know that eye care nurses work in specialist hospitals like the Eye and Ear here in Melbourne – but we are also keen to get a fuller picture of those working in other settings like private ophthalmology practices, domiciliary care, community or Indigenous health settings, who may or may not identify as an eye care nurse, yet they are providing care to eye care patients,” she said. Nurses’ views on issues such as training, their role in eye care and what the profession can do to attract and retain nurses with specialist eye care skills will also be collected.
“With an ageing nursing workforce, and an ageing population with greater eye care needs, it’s critical we start planning for the future,’’ she said.
To participate in the survey you must be a nurse licensed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident over 18 years of age.
Visit www.cera. org.au/workforce-survey-ofaustralian- nurses-involvedin- eye-care.