Younger nurses shunning general practice: survey

The 2012 General Practice Nurse National Survey Report reported there were 10,693 practice nurses in general practice – up from almost 9000 in 2009.

But the survey, carried out by the AML Alliance and the ANU, showed 40.8% of practice nurses were aged 50–59 years and 30.1% aged 40–49 years.

Previous surveys have shown the 40–49 group to be the most dominant.

However AML Alliance chair Dr Arn Sprogis said the survey figures were positive, and suggested GPs were looking to employ more nurses.