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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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Think of the parents

A recent study found many NICU workers don’t think they have the skills and support to help mums and dads.  Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit have highlighted concerns about their preparedness to support parents emotionally. New research from ...

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Wherever they need her

RN and aid worker Ruth Jebb knew from an early age what she wanted to do. She talks to Dallas Bastian about travelling the world to lend a hand. After exposure to the reality of human poverty at a young ...

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Liver NP’s success stories

Hepatology pioneers share word of initiative at Royal Perth hospital.  The results of a program focused on maximising the use of nurses in one of Australia’s busiest hepatology units were presented recently at the Asian Pacific Association for the Study ...

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