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Fly-in/Fly-out nursing: is it for us? New graduate nurses' perspectives

Submitted: 9 December 2012
Revised: 27 February 2013
Accepted: 13 March 2013
Published: 2 May 2013

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Author(s) : Hart B, Morris J, Collins A, McMullen P, Stanis K.

Jack MorrisAlexandra CollinsPaul McMullenKate Stanis

Citation: Hart B, Morris J, Collins A, McMullen P, Stanis K.  Fly-in/Fly-out nursing: is it for us? New graduate nurses' perspectives. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2013; 13: 2456. Available: (Accessed 18 October 2017)


Fly-in/Fly-out models of health care for rural-remote communities are currently the focus of evaluation and debate, as the health inequalities of rural and remote communities continue to challenge both health service providers and healthcare consumers. At first glance, these models of health care may attract new graduate nurses transitioning to practice, because they appear to resolve some of the tensions in career planning and aspirations. However, FIFO models may also present significant tensions between healthcare services and the communities they serve. This article presents the thoughts and perceptions of new graduate nurses as they explore future career pathways in rural-remote nursing. It draws on the rural and remote health literature, in recognition of the enduring inequalities of rural and remote health in Australia.

Key words: Australia, FIFO, Fly-in/Fly-out, nursing workforce, remote area nursing.

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