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Cancer nursing’s role evolves

The has been a huge raft of changes in the way cancer nurses deliver care, an Australian researcher says. Associate professor Mei Krishnasamy, executive director of cancer nursing and allied health at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and professorial fellow ...

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Some advice from the ED of the year

There are lessons for everyone inside the Australasian ED of the year. Being at the forefront of innovative service delivery is key for any emergency department – and that’s exactly what Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital’s ED is striving for. ...

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Timor-Leste’s lessons

A mentor and trainer abroad confirms the value of personal growth and mutual respect. The conditions RNs are accustomed to working within at an Australian hospital are a far cry from the challenging and often resource-poor environments available in Tibar, ...

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Duty in the Ebola crisis

United Nations experts have declared the current Ebola outbreak like nothing the world has ever seen – something morphing from a local to an international crisis. The World Health Organization has confirmed that more than 4000 people have died in ...

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A unique headspace

'What’s special about mental health nursing?’ This question launched a three-year study into the nature, scope and consequences of nurses’ work in the mental health sector. “The question [was] posed in the context of what constitutes distinctive practice and how ...

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Parkinson’s workers seek help

As the number of Australians affected by Parkinson’s and other movement disorders continues to mount, so too does the need for specialist nurses. In Australia, there are just over 30 nurses who work specifically with Parkinson’s and movement disorders – ...

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Rise of the NP

Nurse practitioners have a role to play in evaluation and research into best practice, attendees at a recent conference were told. Professor Sandy Middleton, director of the Nursing Research Institute – a joint initiative between St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) ...

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