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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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Form and substance

The nature of alcohol and drug services is changing to match new patterns of use and abuse.  The alcohol and drug specialty sector is in a major transition phase and it will have a direct impact on nurses in the ...

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So far, so good

Professionals who have worked well outside of the city describe what the experience has to offer.  Making the move from working in the city to taking up a post in a rural or remote area can bring about myriad benefits, ...

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Tele-heart

CNCs will help trial a service designed to help patients with severe cardiac difficulties communicate better with the health system.  Nurses will play an integral role in an upcoming telehealth trial by supporting patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) in ...

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Keeping children seen and not hurt

Sue Peter, who found her life’s calling in pediatrics, defines leadership in her field.  Thirty-three years ago, Sue Peter, director for clinical commissioning for the Perth Children’s Hospital project, walked into a pediatric ward during her adult-based nursing training. Instantly, ...

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