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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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Within reach

Many factors that contribute to worse health outcomes from Indigenous people can be improved with better access to information and care. An effort is under way to provide what’s needed.  Indigenous Australians suffer from higher rates of illness and disability ...

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The professional model

Clinical supervision can place advancement in your own hands by evolving to suit a developing career.  Have you ever wondered how to progress your career with confidence and certainty and navigate the obstacles you encounter daily within the healthcare system? ...

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An electric solution to shocking errors

Supporters of EMM systems promise safer, more efficient handling of medications.  It won’t surprise anyone who has had to take regular prescribed medication that errors in this task are the second most common type of medical incident reported in hospitals. ...

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An age-old problem

Incontinence is a major reason why people move into residential care, and most aged residents suffer from it – which is why access to workforce training, education and support on the issue is a top priority for the sector.  No ...

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Better skin care made simple

The number of tears in older people can be reduced by half with daily moistening, study finds.  A Wound Management CRC initiative has found a way to potentially reduce the number of skin tears in older people by up to ...

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