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Reinstatement – apply with care

A sloppy, poorly constructed application can doom a deregistered worker’s hopes. The process of applying for reinstatement to the nurse’s register, having been suspended, is not to be taken in a cavalier fashion. The neatness or sloppiness of the application ...

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A unique headspace

'What’s special about mental health nursing?’ This question launched a three-year study into the nature, scope and consequences of nurses’ work in the mental health sector. “The question [was] posed in the context of what constitutes distinctive practice and how ...

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Take on burnout together

Clinical supervision is effective at reducing stress and improving performance – but it requires full organisational support.  Healthcare organisations aspire to provide high-quality care to the community. The role staff play in achieving this is critical. In 1998, the World ...

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Leading to something better

Nurse leadership – important for the workforce and the community. The Australian College of Nursing’s new strategic direction positions ACN as the national organisation for nurse leaders and those with an interest in nurse leadership. This new direction recognises the ...

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Question patients with caution

Nurses frequently collect personal information; that means they must be mindful of privacy laws and standards.  George Clooney surely spoke for many when he understandably said, “I don’t like to share my personal life … It wouldn’t be personal if ...

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A dose of reality

Errors in drug administration are inevitable, which only makes vigilance that much more important. For as long as medications have been given, there have been errors in their administration. Irrespective of policies, procedures and risk-management strategies, their incidence continues – ...

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Let’s Close the Gap

Achieving equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous healthcare outcomes will require collaboration, communication and the full deployment of nursing skills.  Since the Australian Government apologised to the Indigenous people of Australia in February 2008, there has been a greater focus from ...

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Fresh and focused

Third-year student’s perspective on cultural competence in midwifery lands her in journal.  Koby Elliott, a third-year midwifery student at the University of Technology, Sydney, has been published in the journal Contemporary Nurse. Her paper, Providing Culturally Competent Learning Experiences for ...

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To the skin

Cancer nurses’ research searches for innovative strategies in the management of treatment-related toxicities.  Cancer care treatment has advanced tremendously over the past decades; however, each novel treatment is often associated with debilitating toxicities. For example, dermatological toxicities are associated with ...

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The dance of pain

Learn the right movements within yourself to help patients deal with discomfort. As nurses, we all must deal with pain, either in those we care for or within our own lives – or sometimes even both! Our relationship with pain, ...

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