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Pre-emptive strike

Aged care nurses in Queensland and NSW can pre-emptively protect their wages. Aged care nurses in Queensland and NSW can breathe a little easier with news they can pre-emptively protect their wages. In a win for these nurses, workplace relations ...

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Eliminating a foreseeable risk

Nurses demand government funding to prevent needlestick injuries, saying their lives are being put at risk. A needlestick injury can be a devastating event. Although the risk of contracting a blood borne pathogen is statistically low, the psychological trauma that ...

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An assurance of support for mum and bub

Federal government strikes deal to give midwives professional indemnity insurance. For the first time in more than seven years, midwives will be able to purchase professional indemnity insurance, under a deal struck by the federal government with a private company. ...

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Prescribing panel – a global discussion

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and advance practice nurses (APNs) are the lifeblood of health systems across the globe. However, models of care and legislation that set the boundaries of the APN and NP role differ considerably. Nurse practitioners (NPs) and advance ...

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Plenty of beds, but where are the nurses?

Extra hospital and nursing home beds alone won't improve health care, according to the nursing profession. More beds without more nurses makes no sense and will do nothing to improve the health of the aging population. But it could make ...

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The frontline of child protection

New standards have been developed to better prepare nurses and midwives on child protection, reports Annie May. A nurse for more than eight years, Kate* would struggle to put a number to the lives she has helped save or make ...

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Voting for a better change

With an election on the horizon, health reform is a popular topic. Annie May recaps the latest developments. Reform is defined as improving on something. Change is to make something different, yet not necessarily better. This was pointed out in ...

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The start of a new era

Nurses celebrate new laws giving PBS and MBS access for nurse practitioners and midwives. The government has finally given the right prescription to fully recognise the skills of nurse practitioners and midwives. Landmark and historic are just two of the ...

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RCNA Federal Budget priorities 2010-2011

Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) provided a clear-cut pre-budget submission to the Department of Treasury in January to highlight priority areas for nursing and midwifery for the 2010-2011 Federal Budget. Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) provided a clear-cut ...

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A cleansing solution

With so many wound care products available it’s important for health professionals to keep informed. Here, Gary Bain evaluates Prontosan on problematic leg ulcers. The Sydney Adventist Hospital’s Wound Clinic treats over 500 outpatients each year. The majority of these ...

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