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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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Wounds of war don’t heal in silence

Comments from nurses who have practised in war zones demonstrate the therapeutic importance of talking about PTSD.   Nurses everywhere are becoming increasingly aware of the need for trauma-informed care as the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder amongst abuse victims, ...

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One down, one to go

The latest review of mental healthcare will, fortunately, focus on the consumer; the voice of the care providers should be next.  Mental health has once again been pushed into the national spotlight. Time and again it has become evident that ...

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That ranting post could cost you your job

The law around commenting on employers and workplaces via social media is evolving but it’s a safe bet it will always be a bad idea.  In the last column, we explored some real life examples of nurses/midwives misusing social media ...

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Love thyself

Look after yourself and value your health as much as you value the health of others. A simple affirmation, wouldn’t you agree? Implicit in this statement, though, is a question. Can you see it? We must firstly be clear on ...

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Towards a better health system

The Australian College of Nursing’s submission to Treasury provides many ways to help the profession meet consumer needs.  On January 31, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), along with other Australian professional organisations, submitted its Federal pre-Budget Submission 2014–2015 to ...

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Show them how it’s done

Healthcare professionals should exemplify the healthy lifestyles they preach.  It’s almost as if chronic diseases have become more infectious than the plague, and we are beginning to find out that they are just as deadly. The outlook is rather bleak. ...

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The perils of working in a caring profession

Many stresses and strains are putting nurses under growing pressure at work, contributing to physical and mental health problems. With care and the right policies, however, these can be managed.  Despite the risks, nursing is a highly rewarding career. Being ...

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Within reach

Many factors that contribute to worse health outcomes from Indigenous people can be improved with better access to information and care. An effort is under way to provide what’s needed.  Indigenous Australians suffer from higher rates of illness and disability ...

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