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That’s a bully for you

In order to combat the large and growing problem of power abuse, organisations must understand its many forms.  For more than 30 years, Melanie Stephens has worked as a nurse. She has moved around Australia working in different hospitals and ...

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That ranting post could cost you your job

The law around commenting on employers and workplaces via social media is evolving but it’s a safe bet it will always be a bad idea.  In the last column, we explored some real life examples of nurses/midwives misusing social media ...

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Love thyself

Look after yourself and value your health as much as you value the health of others. A simple affirmation, wouldn’t you agree? Implicit in this statement, though, is a question. Can you see it? We must firstly be clear on ...

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Show them how it’s done

Healthcare professionals should exemplify the healthy lifestyles they preach.  It’s almost as if chronic diseases have become more infectious than the plague, and we are beginning to find out that they are just as deadly. The outlook is rather bleak. ...

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The perils of working in a caring profession

Many stresses and strains are putting nurses under growing pressure at work, contributing to physical and mental health problems. With care and the right policies, however, these can be managed.  Despite the risks, nursing is a highly rewarding career. Being ...

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Carer becomes patient

A former district nurse reflects on how little the role has changed as today’s generation looks after her.  Maureen Lockie began her career as a district nurse more than 60 years ago and now, at the age of 93, is ...

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Aged care tops the urgent list

Leading nursing experts want to make aged care the profession’s top priority for the year ahead.  Nursing organisations and professionals from around Australia have agreed: aged care will be one of the biggest issues on the agenda in 2014. This ...

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Leadership and the future of nursing

There’s a growing call for nurses to make their voices heard in public life, to stand up for the disadvantaged and for the future of the profession.  Anna Groth is a leader of the future and exactly what Australian nursing ...

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A passion for emergency care

In her mission to educate and to promote evidence-based care, Lauren Boxsell has been a source of inspiration at the Melbourne hospital where she works.  Meet Lauren Boxsell, Clinical Nurse Educator in the emergency department  at Box Hill Hospital in ...

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