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The evolution of children’s nursing

Popular terms in children’s nursing now, such as family-centred care and consumer involvement, weren't always so widely accepted. The idea of sharing care with guardians or relatives was once an extremely radical notion. That’s according to Philip Darbyshire, Flinders University and Monash University professor ...

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Here’s what’s hot in professional development

Mental health and personality disorders, emotional intelligence and the shift from a traditional care model to an enabling one are amongst this year’s top professional development areas for aged-care workers. Mental health and personality disorders in older people are the ...

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The everyday fight against Ebola

An Australian RN describes in detail the daily routines, procedures and precautions for nurses in Sierra Leone caring for patients with the deadly Ebola virus. By Peter Kieseker Many Australian nurses have joined or are working alongside the 32-plus international ...

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Continence nurse specialty taking hold

The prevalence of urinary, fecal and mixed incontinence is estimated to increase to more than 6.4 million Australians by 2030. This will increase demand for the continence nursing specialty, a leader in the field has said. The president of the Continence Nurses Society ...

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The charm and challenge of making decisions

The role of clinical nurse consultant in adolescent and young adult cancer has brought some autonomy to one woman's work co-ordinating care. Fiona Maguire is a young adult CNC at Prince of Wales Hospital Youth Cancer Services. Prior to this, she was an ...

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Cancer treatments evolving rapidly

The paradigm of treatment for cancer patients has been revolutionised, particularly in the last five years, according to a nurse who has worked in the field for over two decades. Mary Duffy, an advanced practice specialist lung cancer nurse, said: ...

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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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