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Know your roles

There is room for many different interests in the field of aged care.  There is a big demand for aged-care nurses, and it’s set to continue. “As a nation, we continue to face a critical nurse shortage – 20,000 nurses ...

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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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Experience continuity

Innovative program introduces students to new standard for private practice.  To date, midwifery student Kate Dousi has delivered nine babies and observed and assisted in another three births, under supervision of midwives, an experience she describes as a humbling privilege. ...

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Extended care

Two RNs and one midwife describe their roles in Closing the Gap.  After moving from a hospital-based nursing career to the community-controlled health services, registered nurse Nola White was part of a two-person team that set up a centre in ...

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Children need holistic care

An international expert in children’s nursing spotlighted the changes, challenges and future of paediatric nursing at a public event recently.  Caring for sick children has changed dramatically in the past 50 years and those changes were a major focus in ...

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The essential role of the dementia specialist

Early diagnosis and implementation of care strategies are among the benefits a specialist in dementia care can deliver, along with valuable support for clients, families and health professionals.  "Having a dedicated person in this role who fully understands and is ...

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Sizing up an epidemic

As childhood obesity affects more and more families, nurses must prepare to help parents address the problem.  Australian children are dying from obesity and, according to a Sydney nurse specialist, it’s impossible to know the extent of the problem. For ...

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