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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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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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