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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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New look, same rules

The cosmetic industry may put a new face on care, but under the surface the same rules and professional obligations apply. An increasing number of nurses are being attracted to employment within the cosmetic and anti-ageing industries. Two tasks they ...

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It’s essential, not simple

Even the routine tasks of everyday nursing are a vital part of high-quality care.  Essential nursing care sits at the very core of what nursing is all about and its importance cannot be overstated or talked about too often. Essential ...

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Meeting of minds

When mental illness meets the medical ward.  The complexity of providing treatment to patients who suffer from both physical and mental illness is well recognised. People who experience mental illness have a disproportionate rate of physical comorbidities, such as cancer, ...

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