The Public Health Nurses Recruitment Case Study

Qualified Infection Prevention Control Nurses and Contact Tracers recruitment in Victoria - A case study.

With COVID-19 on the rise in Victoria, there was an urgent need for experienced Qualified Infection Prevention Control Nurses and Contact Tracers. We received an initial request from DHHS for 5 experienced Public Health Nurses. But demand quickly increased as infection numbers grew and reports of the high calibre nurses McArthur was supplying were communicated across the Department.

Jane, Renae and the team then started receiving requests from a broad cross section of DHHS management urgently needing staff to support the preventive, outbreak and swabbing teams. These included a range of diverse, non-medical roles such as data managers, legal policy writers and program analysts.

The Challenges

There is no template or precedent to refer to when dealing with COVID-19 and it presents a unique and ever-changing landscape. Staff were needed immediately or ASAP in most cases, and in large volume. Most importantly all staff, both medical and non-medical needed to be of the highest quality and standard. In an environment that involved potential life or death scenarios, we could not afford any margin for error or
compromise our stringent checking and assessment methodologies. In addition, media scrutiny was intense and all medical activities constantly under the spotlight.

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