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Fail safe

There needs to be more dialogue about workplace aggression and violence, a new report shows.  Results from the recent The Home Care, Community Care and Outreach Staff Safety Survey reveal workers believe the number and seriousness of incidents involving aggression ...

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Going to plan

A recent study suggests that continence telemonitoring could help return patients’ quality of life. Early findings on the use of telemonitoring systems to augment continence assessment procedures in residential aged-care facilities are promising, says Barry Cahill, CEO of Continence Foundation ...

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It’s essential, not simple

Even the routine tasks of everyday nursing are a vital part of high-quality care.  Essential nursing care sits at the very core of what nursing is all about and its importance cannot be overstated or talked about too often. Essential ...

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Meeting of minds

When mental illness meets the medical ward.  The complexity of providing treatment to patients who suffer from both physical and mental illness is well recognised. People who experience mental illness have a disproportionate rate of physical comorbidities, such as cancer, ...

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Up to the challenge

Speakers at a recent symposium discussed the problems with dementia care in the hospital system – and what’s being done about them.  Many were relieved when the government’s recent Budget upheld its pre-election promise to commit $200 million over the ...

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Read a plate like a book

The secrets of monitoring food intake in aged care. One of the most important aspects of aged care meal services is to ensure that residents are eating sufficient food and drinking enough fluids. This is important so they do not ...

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ENs and RNs side by side

There is room for both these nursing workforces to perform their full scope of practice. Enrolled nurses (ENs) play an integral role in the delivery of healthcare in our country, yet often appear to be the forgotten cousin when it ...

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A guiding voice

Experts say nurses have a large role to play in helping pregnant women overcome incontinence.  Half of all pregnant women experience incontinence and midwives have an important role to play in reducing the numbers. “In the vast majority of cases, ...

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In on the act

Simulation has long been a part of training; but a unique program is now streaming mental health education over the web – and students love it.  Students on mental health placements can sometimes struggle to gain access to a wide ...

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Punch ups over jabs

Court decisions related to vaccinations are starting to show a pattern.  Within society there is a debate concerning whether children should be vaccinated. This is a hotly contested and highly emotive question for many. There are those who refrain from ...

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