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Fluid operations

A co-ordinated effort can keep older residents hydrated, even in hot weather.  Dehydration is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation in older Australians. Not only are older adults at greater risk of dehydration, they are also more vulnerable to ...

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Battle against phony pharmacy

Fight the Fakes calls for international co-operation to stamp out a deadly problem. The International Council of Nursing (ICN) is continuing the fight to stamp out fake medicines. The Fight the Fakes campaign brings together organisations that are engaged in ...

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Catchy ideas

Infectious disease experts find plenty of roles for nurses in the latest research.  In this edition of Nursing Review, we speak to three experts about the latest research in the field of infectious diseases and the impact findings will have ...

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The complex euthanasia debate

The inherent conflict between self-determination and the sanctity of life makes the law far from simple.  Euthanasia and assisting another in committing suicide are both highly emotive and contentious issues. Certainly, a clinician confronted with a request by a client ...

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To help the underserved is to learn

Coledale Student-led Clinic is a boon for education and the community.  In the February issue of Nursing Review, Kathy Bell, CEO of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association, posed concerns about access to quality healthcare for the aged, rural ...

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Make time for quality

Studies show the benefits to patients of time spent under a nurse’s care after surgery.  Increased pressure on administrative systems to cut costs and improve business efficiency has hospitals whipping out patients hours after surgery – which isn’t necessarily in ...

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You may not be a real nurse

The ‘recency of practice’ standard requires you to make sure you are, in fact, practising to keep your registrations current.  Each nurse and midwife has ‘recency of practice’ obligations to ensure that their recent experience entails practising their profession and ...

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The diabetes diet

Menu items for patients with type 1 and type 2 include fibre-rich fruits and canola oils.  In 2013, there were about 1,160,000 people living with diabetes in Australia. Of these, about 15 per cent had type 1 diabetes, and 80 ...

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Cheaper, yet better

It may sound paradoxical, but ‘boutique’ continuity of care through midwives costs public hospitals less.  Women who see the same midwife through the course of their pregnancy not only encounter fewer interventions at birth but cost less to the public ...

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Extended care

Two RNs and one midwife describe their roles in Closing the Gap.  After moving from a hospital-based nursing career to the community-controlled health services, registered nurse Nola White was part of a two-person team that set up a centre in ...

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