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The ‘person-centred’ approach

Adjunct associate professor Lydia Dennett, chief nurse and midwifery officer for SA Health, looks to the complex challenges of the future with a focus on the individual. Now that we’ve celebrated International Day of the Nurse and Midwife around the ...

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Read a plate like a book

The secrets of monitoring food intake in aged care. One of the most important aspects of aged care meal services is to ensure that residents are eating sufficient food and drinking enough fluids. This is important so they do not ...

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ENs and RNs side by side

There is room for both these nursing workforces to perform their full scope of practice. Enrolled nurses (ENs) play an integral role in the delivery of healthcare in our country, yet often appear to be the forgotten cousin when it ...

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In on the act

Simulation has long been a part of training; but a unique program is now streaming mental health education over the web – and students love it.  Students on mental health placements can sometimes struggle to gain access to a wide ...

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Punch ups over jabs

Court decisions related to vaccinations are starting to show a pattern.  Within society there is a debate concerning whether children should be vaccinated. This is a hotly contested and highly emotive question for many. There are those who refrain from ...

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What would Florence do?

Celebrate the legendary nurse by following her directive to insist on recognising and exerting your ability to create change.  The International Council of Nurses has emphasised the innate potential of the nursing workforce through its selected theme for yesterday’s International ...

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Ready or not

Clinicians and educators both need more realistic understanding of how prepared newly registered nurses are for practice.  I fully agree with Debra Thoms’ article, “Transitions require support” (Nursing Review, April); transition to practice does indeed require support. I also concur ...

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Fluid operations

A co-ordinated effort can keep older residents hydrated, even in hot weather.  Dehydration is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation in older Australians. Not only are older adults at greater risk of dehydration, they are also more vulnerable to ...

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The complex euthanasia debate

The inherent conflict between self-determination and the sanctity of life makes the law far from simple.  Euthanasia and assisting another in committing suicide are both highly emotive and contentious issues. Certainly, a clinician confronted with a request by a client ...

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A model of assimilation

Clinical professor Fiona Stoker, chief nurse and midwifery officer for Tasmania, discusses embedding the infrastructure for simulation-based learning. The Tasmanian health and education sector has made significant investments in simulation equipment and infrastructure over the last five years to support ...

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