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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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To help the underserved is to learn

Coledale Student-led Clinic is a boon for education and the community.  In the February issue of Nursing Review, Kathy Bell, CEO of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association, posed concerns about access to quality healthcare for the aged, rural ...

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Build a better daydream

Living one’s dream requires so much more than entertaining oneself with fantasies inside one’s head.  To manifest our dreams, we must start, maintain and finish a plan of action, just like a care plan we create for our clients. If ...

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‘Four Ps’ promote productive plans

Nurses should prepare their own road maps to career success as early as possible. And it all starts with passion.  Nurses have numerous opportunities to advance health and elevate the profession. To do this effectively, they must commit to ongoing ...

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In the wake of war

Take a voyage across the Aegean Sea and witness the history of World War 1 ANZAC nurses.  ‘Is there anything new that can be said about World War I?’ was the topic of a Victoria University of Wellington conference last ...

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You may not be a real nurse

The ‘recency of practice’ standard requires you to make sure you are, in fact, practising to keep your registrations current.  Each nurse and midwife has ‘recency of practice’ obligations to ensure that their recent experience entails practising their profession and ...

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The diabetes diet

Menu items for patients with type 1 and type 2 include fibre-rich fruits and canola oils.  In 2013, there were about 1,160,000 people living with diabetes in Australia. Of these, about 15 per cent had type 1 diabetes, and 80 ...

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Transitions require support

Nurses who are new to the workforce or changing their area of practice need the right resources for success. When newly registered nurses commence employment within the Australian healthcare system, they quickly learn what is truly required of them. Their ...

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A word or two on writing

Hard work, research and editing; being skilled at communicating in print is far from glamorous but you can do it. The ability to communicate effectively in the written format is one of the nurses and student nurse’s fundamental skills. It ...

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