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A new career path

Postgraduate study is being looked at to combat the skills shortage. If current predictions are to become a reality, the desperate shortage of nurses in Australia is likely to worsen as the population grows and ages. The government has put ...

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Ending the embarrassment

An award winning UK invention that brought women back out of hiding has now arrived in Australia. At 50 years young, Britain’s Carole Kendall felt, for the first time, free to enjoy life. However, this turned out to be fleeting ...

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A little care goes a long way

Improving the quality of life for residents with catheters. By Andrea Lord. Mr Brown is a frail elderly 87 year old man, residing in your facility. He has a catheter in place to drain his bladder, because his enlarged prostate ...

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Taking a moment save lives

A new safety checklist similar to those used by pilots promises to cut surgery rates and complications in Australia’s operating theatres. Every operation performed at every hospital involves some risk. This is a fact of life. However many complications are ...

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Making surgery less scary for kids

Surgery can be traumatic for children – and their parents. Surgery can be traumatic for children – and their parents. But it doesn’t have to be, with research released on how hospitals and the perioperative team can minimise the anxiety ...

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Building relationships

Networks are being establsihed to support the development of interdisciplinary collaboration of mental health providers in the primary care sector. In Australia, around one in five people will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. While many ...

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Out on a limb

As more nurses are exposed to peripherally inserted lines, Neville Hearse looks at ways to improve the management of vascular access devices. Over the last decade, nurses have been exposed to the increasing trend toward vascular access devices (VAD’s) for ...

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Health is in your hands

Sometimes the most important things are also the simplest. It is said that cleanliness is next to godliness, which is very much the case for health professionals. An estimated 12,000 blood stream infections associated with health care occur in Australia ...

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Faculty report – December 2009

What a year of great change and new directions it has been for the Research and Faculties Directorate at RCNA. It is timely that we end this year of new beginnings with the announcement that Professor Tracey McDonald FRCNA has ...

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Recognising the warning signs

Violence is a significant problem in many Australian health care settings, particularly emergency departments writes Linda Belardi. Incidents of violence in triage have increased dramatically in the past 10 years, putting the safety of nursing staff and other patients at ...

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