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Immigration a plus, not a negative

The global movement of nurses provides an important opportunity to improve care for an increasingly multicultural society, writes Sophia Dywili. A relative of a patient asked: “Where do you come from?” “From Bankstown ma’am,” I replied, happy that I easily ...

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Keeping Gen Y, X and baby boomers

If managers want to increase the retention of nurses in hospitals they need to adopt generation-specific strategies, writes Kate Shacklock. Skilled nurse shortages are well known and commonly experienced within the Australian nursing community. These shortages are also experienced across ...

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Outback cancer care in the air

The Royal Flying Doctor Service, in partnership with the McGrath Foundation, has appointed its first breast cancer nurse. Linda Belardi reports. Jo Beven’s patients live in an area that takes in three states - about 640,000 square kilometers. As part ...

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More aged care facilities drop RNs for ENs

A Victorian researcher is undertaking the first study to evaluate the impact of enrolled nurse medication administration on skill mix and workload in aged care. By Linda Belardi. Victorian aged care facilities have reduced the number of registered nurses employed ...

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Pay rates fuel union action

Different work conditions between states is behind a push for an industry-wide agreement. Linda Belardi reports. Almost half of surveyed practice nurses say they are looking to resign in the next six months. The Australian Practice Nurse Association’s survey of ...

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Low-pay claim for practice nurses

The ANF has lodged an application for a low pay bargaining case to be heard by Fair Work Australia for nurses working in general practice. The Australian Nursing Federation has filed an application with Fair Work Australia (FWA) to negotiate ...

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Getting the message out there

Community nurses, especially those working in cities, may be neglecting their health promotional role. Fiona Cassie reports. Nurses can get confused between health promotion and just one of its aspects, health education, according to new research. Dr Janet Roden, nurse ...

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Calls to regain some control

Nurses are leaving rural hospitals in alarming numbers as employers stray from core values of the profession, writes Susan Bragg. Worldwide, nursing is facing a significant challenge in recruiting people into the profession and then retaining them in the workforce. ...

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Status and the power of symbols

Registered nurses need to be easily identified as the trained professionals they are, writes Peter Kieseker. This may involve a return to a uniform or some other sign of rank. Something seems badly wrong in the registered nursing profession. December’s ...

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Mining boom creates health hole

The rapid increase of fly-in fly-out workers in rural areas is posing a number of complex challenges for medical staff. Flynn Murphy reports. The resources bonanza has sparked one of Australia’s largest ever periods of uninterrupted economic growth, but the ...

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