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Frances Hughes, Queensland Health chief nursing and midwifery officer, believes a new year calls for a new perspective.   “This year, I’d like to see a number of improvements realised for nursing and midwifery within the health sector. I’d like ...

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Sharing isn’t always caring

Real-world examples can help workers understand when social media posts aren’t such a great idea.  Nurses are using social media in ever-growing numbers. So they need to be aware of behaviour and conduct that could breach their legal, professional and ...

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The professional model

Clinical supervision can place advancement in your own hands by evolving to suit a developing career.  Have you ever wondered how to progress your career with confidence and certainty and navigate the obstacles you encounter daily within the healthcare system? ...

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A prescription for future care

It is essential that we expand the role of nurses in the delivery of primary healthcare if we are to meet Australia’s future health needs.  Our healthcare system is under threat. Our ageing population and the way we live are ...

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Save on public health, go green

The benefits of taking action on climate change now exceed the financial and health costs of further delays.  As a member of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), the Australian College of Nursing recognises the likely threat of climate change ...

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An age-old problem

Incontinence is a major reason why people move into residential care, and most aged residents suffer from it – which is why access to workforce training, education and support on the issue is a top priority for the sector.  No ...

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Leadership the key to quality of care

At the recent National Nursing Forum, a searching and necessary conversation opened up the pressing issue of standards of care and the public perception of nurses.  "The causes of disasters in care, such as at Mid-Staffordshire, were identified: inadequacy of ...

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Grounds for marriage

Can a person in a vegetative state get married? And if not, why not?  A recent interesting case involved a woman who was denied the right to marry her fiancé because he was in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) and ...

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