Nurse Endoscopy in Queensland
The internationally successful nurse endoscopy model is being adopted in Queensland to address the rapidly growing demand for endoscopy services.
Under the model, nurses carry out endoscopic procedures within collaborative multidisciplinary teams supported by medical staff.
Nurses in many other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands safely provide endoscopy services using this model.
Two Australian trials of the model were undertaken at Austin Hospital in Victoria and Logan Hospital in Queensland. The trial demonstrated that nurse endoscopy can be implemented safely in Australia and increase access to endoscopic services.
The model is now being rolled out across Queensland following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including hospital executives, leading clinicians, national professional bodies, tertiary education providers and other relevant agencies and jurisdictions.
Applications for the Master of Nursing (Endoscopy) are currently open and closing on Thursday, 31 March 2016.
The course will provide registered nurses with the opportunity to receive theoretical and clinical education to enable them to practise as a Nurse Endoscopist.
Find out more information in Nurse Endoscopy Information for Nurses and QUT Master of Nursing – Queensland Health Nurse Endoscopy Program, and apply via Nurse Endoscopy Candidate expression of interest form.
Hospital and Health Services can find out more in Nurse Endoscopy Information for Hospital and Health Services and process candidate expressions of interest through Nurse Endoscopy Hospital and Health Services expression of interest form.
Implementation of the nurse endoscopy model
Nurse endoscopists at Logan Hospital
Queensland's first nurse endoscopist started in September 2014 providing services at Logan Hospital. Read story here (use Firefox to launch this link).
The Department of Health has contracted Queensland University of Technology to provide a post graduate certificate level program with the masters and associated endoscopy knowledge and skills commencing mid-2015.
In 2014-15 the Department of Health sponsored 50 Queensland nurses to complete a graduate certificate program. This has prepared the nurses for future study and has also shown an increase in safety and efficiency, and greater job satisfaction.
Read more about the launch of the masters program.