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Perioperative people skills

Nurses in the operating room should be conduits for communication and teamwork to help prevent errors, educators say. Education providers, including the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and universities throughout the nation, are putting greater focus on non-technical skills in curriculums ...

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Watch those lovin’ spoonfuls

Panel, survey say mums of infants are served heaping portions of misinformation on overfeeding.  Many Australian mothers hold perceptions that are unknowingly leading to the overfeeding of infants, a recent online survey by Luma Research for Aspen Nutritionals shows. The ...

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Curing organ donation’s ‘ick’ factor

Inaccurate, insensitive depictions of organ donation can have a real impact on a family’s decision.  Over the last few weeks, a number of incidents in the public sphere have highlighted the problem of callous, inaccurate and insensitive representation of organ donation. ...

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The plaintiff must always have proof

Even in a seemingly obvious case of negligence, the accuser must provide appropriate evidence in order to win.  Not every act of harm is negligent, just as not every negligent act is harmful. An assessment relies on the context, the ...

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Mutual benefits

Connect program helps students and expectant mothers experience continuity of care.  Student midwives are receiving first-hand experience in antenatal, birth and postnatal care through a program that places them in hospitals to join expectant mothers on their pregnancy journey. The ...

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New look can help now

Don’t wait for the next generation of hospitals, a few changes can make current environments better for dementia patients. Admission to hospital can be a confusing and frightening experience for people with dementia. Their problems with memory, orientation and confusion ...

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Empathy pains

In The Pangolin Diary, a male midwife recounts his experiences in Africa.  “I remembered how afraid I was … of being alone and so far from home, of leaving my friends and family, of travelling to a new country and of known ...

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A new look at old wounds

Experts say limiting bandage options and providing special skin care can improve healing for aged patients. Wound care management is a delicate matter. Ensuring that a wound doesn’t become infected is crucial. Amongst the elderly, whose recovery from illness and ...

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Winning them over

Sue Denham, an emergency nurse practitioner, shares her experience implementing the practitioner role into the ED of a regional public hospital, despite many initial objections. It’s hard to believe I’m writing this and even harder to believe that only a ...

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Central to the task

Breast care nurses help guide cancer patients in the right direction throughout their continuum.  About 113 out of every 100,000 Australian females will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, a figure set to remain constant until at least 2020. ...

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