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Symbiosis with social media

Social media has a big role to play in the nursing industry, but first nurses must be educated on how to best use it and avoid the pitfalls that come with it.  How can you perform multifaceted communication with the ...

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Sim City

Mary Casey reveals the benefits of education in a simulated environment. Simulated training is an educational concept that all nursing and allied health colleges should be offering students. Teaching multiple objectives in a ‘real life’ environment can grow confidence, encourage ...

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Ethics and morality

We conclude this two-part article on a matter of serious ethical relativism. By Scott Trueman This second article concerns the contentious and emotive issue of harvesting sperm from deceased males and then using the same to bring about the birth ...

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Palliative Care Week update

Following Palliative Care Week, professor Patsy Yates, president of Palliative Care Australia, explains the role nurses can play. Throughout our lives, every one of us will experience the loss of someone close, whether a family member, neighbour or friend. At ...

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Leadership and culture change

Leadership has a key role in determining culture, but all of us can have an influence on the culture in which we work. We hear in our daily work many comments about the culture of the workplace. At times these ...

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Saving the seed

Part one of a two-part article from our legal correspondent. Posthumous sperm harvesting continues to develop as an intriguing and contentious issue. By Scott Trueman Posthumous sperm retrieval (PSR) is a procedure in which spermatozoa (sperm) is extracted from a ...

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Survival was worth the effort

A nurse responds to the article 'Anorexics force legal decision' (Nursing Review, page 36, February). My reaction is heartfelt compassion and empathy for the issue of autonomy that the author Scott Trueman so rightly identifies as a legal and medical ...

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Lessons from the sad case of Joshua Plumb

Who's my patient? Who am I responsible for? When should I request help? Sound familiar?  Nurses often work in very stressful, dynamically changing environments. They have to be flexible, committed and able to work under pressure. Often they work with ...

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Mid Staffordshire: heeding the lessons

An inquiry into a UK health service scandal has released its findings. Could such a tragedy happen here?  The Report of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, recently released in the UK, examines how hundreds of people died due ...

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