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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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Ominous shifts

A less-refined workforce is being asked to do more and more in aged care; experts see a bad mix.  A report revealing the disease mix aged-care workers must treat has experts concerned that issues already bubbling around the nursing workforce ...

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Specific goals for general practice

Primary healthcare nursing’s peak body takes over multifaceted approach to expanding and improving the workforce and its impact.  APNA has been tasked by the government with implementing the full Commonwealth-funded Nursing in General Practice program. The project was previously contracted ...

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Team theme

Operating room nurses celebrate success and the importance of collaboration.  Teamwork is being put into the spotlight in the surgical wards. The Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) is encouraging perioperative staff to celebrate the work they do and ...

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Nurse endoscopy lights new pathways

Australia adopts new specialist area to meet a growing need.  The demand for bowel cancer screening has led to an emerging specialisation, as nurses in Victoria and Queensland have begun undertaking training to be nurse endoscopists. Victoria statistics show a steady rise ...

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Different paths, one end

Three different types of palliative care specialists discuss their roles and how to serve patients better. By Dallas Bastian. The growing demand for end-of-life care is making the role of the specialist palliative care nurse increasingly important, those within the ...

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To the skin

Cancer nurses’ research searches for innovative strategies in the management of treatment-related toxicities.  Cancer care treatment has advanced tremendously over the past decades; however, each novel treatment is often associated with debilitating toxicities. For example, dermatological toxicities are associated with ...

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