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Keeping staff safe

Industry leaders are calling on governments to act on workplace injuries, verbal abuse and violence. Cathy Wever reports With issues to contend with such as injuries from manual handing, aggression and even violence from patients and their families, the workplace ...

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Job cuts add to the crisis

The secretary of the Queensland Nurses Union, Beth Mohle, gives her thoughts on how to avoid shortages predicted in the Health Workforce 2025 report There is no doubt there is a lot affecting nursing and midwifery right now at a ...

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Disability nurses under pressure

The role of the disability nurse is under threat due to low wages and a poor perception amongst the community coupled with proposed cuts to salary benefits by the NSW government. Disability nurses play a vital role in the community ...

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Now nurse, how do you feel?

More than 70,000 Australian nurses are to be surveyed as part of a national project to discover more about the health and wellbeing of the 270,000-strong workforce. The study will be funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, and ...

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National campaign for graduate jobs

"Stop passing the buck, Australia's nursing grads need jobs" is the Australian Nursing Federation's new national campaign, aimed at getting employment for graduates. The campaign was started to place pressure on the nation's politicians to fund strategies to ensure jobs ...

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Public welcome prescribing nurses

There has been a gradual rise in the number of nurse practitioners and midwives in Australia prescribing drugs due to growing recognition of the need to expand this authority to a broader range of professionals. There are 765 nurse practitioners ...

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Call for more scholarships

The shortage of palliative care nurses is being felt across the nation, with Queensland and remote areas having the least staff. By Yvonne Luxford Nurses are the main carers for people who are dying and their "critical role" in caring ...

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Call for more scholarships

The shortage of palliative care nurses is being felt across the nation, with Queensland and remote areas having the least staff. By Yvonne Luxford Nurses are the main carers for people who are dying and their “critical role” in caring ...

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Vital nurse position to disappear

Funding for the role of New South Wales and Queensland specialist Parkinson’s nurses is set to run out in the next three months, sparking a renewed calling for government support to continue the service.  Based on the research that shows ...

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Nurse’s leap of faith into volunteering

When helping others is your day job, can a similar role after hours offer benefits? Flynn Murphy finds out It may seem counterintuitive: overworked community nurses taking on volunteer roles in their spare time. However, for Melbourne nurse Linda Cropley, ...

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