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Resilience key to retention

Developing resilience is central in keeping nurses from leaving the profession. Developing intimate and meaningful relationships with residents is central to enhancing the resilience of aged care nurses, new research shows. And developing resilience is central in keeping nurses from ...

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Treating a hidden issue

The often hidden issue of incontinence can be treated, improved and often cured, writes Anne Ramus. A much-quoted statistic is “one in three women who ever had a baby wet themselves”. When it comes to bladder or bowel control problems, ...

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Diagnosing diarrhoea

Gaye Philpott looks at faecal incontinence. Constipation is a common frustration for many residents and the staff who care for them in aged-care facilities. However, an even bigger frustration can be diarrhoea. Combine diarrhoea with an inability to get to ...

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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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Violence not part of job description

Study finds 75 per cent of nurses have experienced workplace violence and only 16 per cent make an official report. A new report revealing a high level of violence against hospital nurses highlights the need for a shift in attitudes ...

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Caring for those in desperate need

Coffee with an Islamic Jihad or a dinghy as transport doesn’t sound like the life of a nurse, but for some it’s just part of the job, writes Annie May. Brian Moller was always going to do humanitarian work. It was ...

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A matter of convenience

As time becomes increasingly precious, hospitals are going online to educate their staff, writes Annie May. Chest drains remain a common intervention for patients with cardiothoracic or respiratory problems. Management of the clinical risks associated with adverse outcomes is an ...

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Unwrapping a big issue

Ann Rudowski outlines some simple strategies to reduce skin tears. Skin tears have in the past received little attention with the apparent view that they are necessarily a consequence of ageing; clearly this is not the case. While ageing is ...

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Pain not only skin deep

When managing malignant wounds a holistic approach is needed, reports Annie May. The physical pain can be indescribable. The emotional pain even worse. Malignant wounds are a devastating complication of cancer that usually signifies advanced and incurable disease with limited ...

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