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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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Breech babies

What is the best available evidence regarding the management of breech presentation? By Alexa McArthur RN RM MPHC Clinical bottom line Breech presentation occurs in 4 per cent of all singleton pregnancies, and as gestation increases, the proportion of breech ...

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The value of good nutrition

The importance of good nutrition in the healing of wounds is widely accepted, but still remains of low priority in health care. Dubbed a “hidden epidemic” by healthcare professionals, chronic wounds affect around 200,000 people in Australia at any one ...

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Sweet relief

Honey can help speed up healing in some burns. A cream commonly used to treat burns may actually delay healing, with some health professionals looking at more natural remedies. Increased understanding of the wound healing process means that there are ...

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Staff of the future?

Aged care could see its first robots within the next few years. The same robot technology that guides massive machines around Australian mine sites could be delivering cups of tea in aged-care homes within a decade, a robotics expert says. ...

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Supporting professional development

Education project provides a way forward for the development of the cancer nursing workforce in Australia. John is a 62-year-old male diagnosed with colorectal cancer, while Jane, 36, has ovarian cancer. From this month nurses will be able to follow ...

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Meeting the needs of patients and nurses

Supporting nurses in expanding their knowledge of cancer care is one of the main functions of the first ever academic chair in cancer nursing for NSW. Professor Kate White, Associate Dean (research) of University of Sydney’s faculty of nursing and ...

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