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Outback, but in demand

Working in remote areas has some disadvantages but one of the big pluses is being a valued member of a community. By Linda Belardi Sue Stewart had only planned to stay for six months at Bidyadanga clinic in Western Australia’s ...

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Surgeon’s assistants take nursing in a new direction

Perioperative nurse surgeon assistants are a dynamic group of advanced-practice nurses redefining traditional roles. Linda Belardi reports With historical origins tracing back to the Crimean war, nurses have long acted as first assistants to surgeons, opening and closing wounds and ...

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Nurses help to keep it safe at work

The role of the occupational nurse has moved from mainly clinical duties to involve more on-the-job training and risk management. By Mardi Chapman Occupational health nurses might have to wear high-visibility vests on the job but their size and prominence ...

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New nurses look to the future

Five participants in a national nursing leadership program speak to Linda Belardi about their first year as trainee leaders The profession faces a significant loss of leadership and experience in the next decade as 40 per cent of the nursing ...

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Men an invisible force in nursing history

The role of males in the profession has been understated but significant, writes Thomas Harding Men played a significant role in caring for the sick in colonial Australia but their contribution has received little attention. What emerges from the fleeting ...

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Breaking down the barriers

Nurses experienced in one form of care can gain a lot by a brief secondment to a different area. Linda Belardi reports Aged care nurses in Toowoomba have hit the wards of a busy private acute care hospital as part ...

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HWA supports physician assistants

Australia’s health ministers should support the introduction of physician assistants (PAs) as a safe and cost-effective workforce strategy, a national review has found. The Health Workforce Australia (HWA) report said medically trained PAs would help fill rural medical shortages and ...

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All care and more responsibility

Nursing is rapidly evolving due to advances in technology and extended scopes of practice. Linda Belardi talks to some chief nurses who reflect on the changing face of the profession. From growing roles in private practice and business to Australia’s ...

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Thinking globally to beat staff shortages

Overseas nurses and students want to come to Australia but our educational institutions need to cater for their needs, writes Ruth Terwijn Australia has always needed to supplement its workforce and population by embracing people from other countries. This young ...

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