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Mind matters

Joining the dots between mental health and triage. For the past year, Tim Wand has been running a pilot mental health nurse practitioner outpatient service in the emergency department of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. “It’s a clinical orientated role,” ...

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New evidence improves care

Blood glucose levels need to be more stringently controlled Blood glucose levels should be more stringently controlled and patient education should be accessible and delivered by a multidisciplinary team, according to new type 2 diabetes treatment guidelines. Rural and remote ...

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Staying ahead of the pack

Further study opens new doors for nurses. Nursing education has rapidly progressed in recent years, with masters study available in a diverse range of areas including clinical nursing, and speciality fields such as diabetes and midwifery. The best balance for ...

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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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