1 in 4 primary care nurses 'under-utilised': survey

Nurses say their requests for more complex work are being turned down by employers

Almost one in four primary care nurses have asked their employers for more complex clinical work in the past year and had their request rejected, a survey shows.


The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) says many of its members are being “under-utilised” in their roles because they are not allowed to practise to the full extent of their skills and knowledge.

The body published the results of a survey of 2052 nurses working in primary care settings, such as general practices, in which just 34% of respondents said they were regularly practising