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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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Know your roles

There is room for many different interests in the field of aged care.  There is a big demand for aged-care nurses, and it’s set to continue. “As a nation, we continue to face a critical nurse shortage – 20,000 nurses ...

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Wounds of war don’t heal in silence

Comments from nurses who have practised in war zones demonstrate the therapeutic importance of talking about PTSD.   Nurses everywhere are becoming increasingly aware of the need for trauma-informed care as the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder amongst abuse victims, ...

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One down, one to go

The latest review of mental healthcare will, fortunately, focus on the consumer; the voice of the care providers should be next.  Mental health has once again been pushed into the national spotlight. Time and again it has become evident that ...

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Experience continuity

Innovative program introduces students to new standard for private practice.  To date, midwifery student Kate Dousi has delivered nine babies and observed and assisted in another three births, under supervision of midwives, an experience she describes as a humbling privilege. ...

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Extended care

Two RNs and one midwife describe their roles in Closing the Gap.  After moving from a hospital-based nursing career to the community-controlled health services, registered nurse Nola White was part of a two-person team that set up a centre in ...

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Children need holistic care

An international expert in children’s nursing spotlighted the changes, challenges and future of paediatric nursing at a public event recently.  Caring for sick children has changed dramatically in the past 50 years and those changes were a major focus in ...

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