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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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At cancer’s frontline

These nurses play a vital role in caring for patients as they experience one of life’s toughest challenges.  This year alone, an estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia, a figure which is set to rise ...

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Central to the task

Breast care nurses help guide cancer patients in the right direction throughout their continuum.  About 113 out of every 100,000 Australian females will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, a figure set to remain constant until at least 2020. ...

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Fertility nursing

At a time when birth rates are falling, nurses are at the vanguard of fertility and conception health treatment.  Since 1976, Australia’s total fertility rate has been below replacement level – the average number of babies born to each woman ...

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Healing the child

The time has come for nurses to specialise in specific categories. Should paediatric nursing be one of them? By Louis White For a parent, there is nothing more precious than the welfare of their children. This care escalates off the ...

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Coping with the wait

A surgical liaison nurse can help families and friends cope with a very worrying time and assist with the smooth running of a hospital. By Michelle Stubbs A push to lure staff to this area of nursing has been hit ...

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Surgeon’s assistants take nursing in a new direction

Perioperative nurse surgeon assistants are a dynamic group of advanced-practice nurses redefining traditional roles. Linda Belardi reports With historical origins tracing back to the Crimean war, nurses have long acted as first assistants to surgeons, opening and closing wounds and ...

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High performance under pressure

Hyperbaric medicine is a growing and highly specialised field of nursing. Linda Belardi reports on the world’s most advanced facility. As the home to the world’s largest and most advanced hyperbaric chamber, Australia is fast becoming a global leader in ...

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Moving from clinics to courts

Amanda Gossman combined her clinical expertise as a registered nurse with an interest in the law to forge a new career as a legal nurse consultant. Linda Belardi reports. Legal nurse consulting is an emerging specialty area for nurses. First ...

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