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Suffering in silence

Being a nurse offers no protection from illness, including substance abuse and mental health problems. Writes Annie May. Susan had a few drinks every night after university or work to wind down. She never thought it to be a problem. ...

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Redressing the balance

Health outcomes for indigenous women during pregnancy could be improved with the growing number of Aboriginal midwives. For the last 20 years Aboriginal peri-natal mortality has been well above the average and has not improved. One critical way to address ...

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Age-old problem

Retaining older employers needs to be given more prominence in government initiatives, according to a new study. Employers need to devise ways of re-engaging with its ageing workforce as the nursing shortage worsens. Retaining older employers also needs to be ...

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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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A risky distraction

Study finds interrupting nurses while they are tending to patients’ medication needs increases the chances of error. Nurses could soon be seen walking the wards wearing “do not disturb” signs to cut down on the number of interruptions while trying ...

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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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Prevention from the start

What is the best available evidence regarding preoperative evaluation and preventive measures to control surgical site infection? Clinical bottom line Surgical site infection (SSI) is a serious complication of surgery and may be associated with increased length of hospital stay ...

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