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The Mindset Nurse

Nurse with open hands, hearts and minds. Nursing practice is based on a biopsychosocial model of nursing care. Nurses interact with their clients from biological, psychological and sociological perspectives. The biological component of the model includes the use of our ...

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Faith and medicine

Case of teen with Hodgkin’s raises question of whether a life is always best served by trying to save it.  Medical treatment, even if life-saving, cannot be forced upon an adult. For underaged children, however, such decisions can be made ...

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The health of those who seek asylum – our role

There are many opportunities to provide care to this most vulnerable group.  Asylum seekers are amongst the most vulnerable of the world; displaced, enduring long unknown journeys, often dealing with the effects of trauma, torture and poverty. In addressing these ...

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Learning builds trust

Nurses’ continuing professional development helps build careers and gives the public peace of mind.  Nursing is often rated as one of the most trusted professions in Australia, topped only by other emergency services. While this is a warming statistic, we ...

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Think before you tweet

Social media makes guarding privacy critical for patients and you.  Patient privacy is essential in healthcare. However, we are seeing increasing breaches on social media. From status updates containing patient information to photos of patients, x-rays or wounds, private data ...

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Positive thoughts are the start

Finding success throughout each working day means knowing what you want and having a plan to get it.  How do we decide what to wear each day? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychologist and author of the seminal 1990 book Flow: The ...

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Know the signs, lower the risk

A keen eye, good record-keeping and some preventative steps can help control malnutrition.  Nurses are often the first point of contact when it comes to managing patients who are malnourished, so it is important to stay well informed. The silent epidemic ...

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Curing organ donation’s ‘ick’ factor

Inaccurate, insensitive depictions of organ donation can have a real impact on a family’s decision.  Over the last few weeks, a number of incidents in the public sphere have highlighted the problem of callous, inaccurate and insensitive representation of organ donation. ...

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The plaintiff must always have proof

Even in a seemingly obvious case of negligence, the accuser must provide appropriate evidence in order to win.  Not every act of harm is negligent, just as not every negligent act is harmful. An assessment relies on the context, the ...

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Winning them over

Sue Denham, an emergency nurse practitioner, shares her experience implementing the practitioner role into the ED of a regional public hospital, despite many initial objections. It’s hard to believe I’m writing this and even harder to believe that only a ...

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