The Challenges Of Nursing In Australia

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With over 7.6 million km² for a population of only about 22.7 million people (the lowest population density worldwide), the island continent Australia is quite a unique country (Australian Government, n.d.). Even though it counts as an industrial and well developed western country, it encounters many challenges in providing health care for 2.3% of the population due to it´s geography. These little over 500.000 people have settled in Australia’s rural areas, hundreds of kilometers away from the well developed metropolitan areas (Baxter, Hayes, & Gray, 2011). Looking especially at nursing, providing good care for those people is often difficult and only possible to a certain extend. However, compared to a developing country with similar challenges …show more content…
Where nurses in Australia may provide mostly general primary health services, prevention and education, Niger’s health system can’t even provide enough care to heal the most urgent health cases (Burki & Talha Khan, 2013). As a result nurses spend most of their work in providing emergency care. Illnesses the population has to face are for example, depending on the season, huge outbreaks of malaria or malnutrition a result from extensive hunger periods. Especially malnutrition leaves people vulnerable to many other diseases like measles, meningitis, yellow fever. Other illnesses become emergencies due to delayed treatments resulting from long distance travel periods (Burki & Talha Khan, …show more content…
All the above mentioned practices and issues make working in a developing country very different, but also general things like political situations, unstable governments, geographic and demographic difficulties, safety and poverty impact on the job of a nurse. These conditions are definitely a lot harder compared to a developed country, but are often also described as more rewarding (Ng 'ang 'a, 2006). In the end, nurses all over the world follow the same goal, which is to make a difference in a patients life for the better no matter if in a developing country like Niger or to the population of rural

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