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How easy is it for you to sit and speak honestly and openly with your colleagues? What are the factors …
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As Springtime begins, it is important for health professionals to consider the care that may be required for conditions relevant …
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Throughout my graduate education, I read extensively on Adult Learning Theory that was developed by Malcolm Knowles (1980). I was …
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Now that we have finished examining the 10 most common causes of congestive heart failure, let’s take a moment to …
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Business and professional development – nurses and midwives often overlook these topics. It does not seem relevant or interesting – but you …
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As a nurse I always believed we can put up a wall when looking after patients and we don’t have …
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As health professionals, we are well aware that ethics are a cornerstone of our practice. Not only are we regulated …
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During my 38-year career in nursing practice I have been privileged to work at the bedside, in the classroom, and …
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Pneumonia Symptoms, Signs and Treatment - Ausmed

The winter months often see an influx of people suffering from colds and flu’s, as well as an increase in presentations to …
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Important considerations when it comes to emergency nursing and disasters. Regardless of the causes of a disaster, whether natural or …
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In nursing, if you hear ‘endocrine system’, you probably think of the pancreas or thyroid, or even the pituitary gland …
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The risk of increasing violence against nurses and what we can do about the problem. Physical and verbal assault from …
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Lung Sounds Made Easy From the general practice nurse to the ICU nurse, lung sounds tell you a great deal …
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Patient advocacy is a hallmark of a nurse’s responsibility as well as a central tenet of the profession itself. In …
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You may have been hearing in the news recently that vegemite might be able to prevent miscarriage. ‘Australian researchers in …
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The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 is about ‘protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety …
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It’s just a cup of tea….. I recently wrote in an article There’s no Place Like Home: Home-Like Environments in …
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In 2014, I had accumulated thirty-three years of bedside and clinical education nursing practice. My resume included a wealth of …
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Exercise is Food Exercise is food… for the brain. Once upon a time, it was thought that the adult brain …
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How long have you been nursing now? When I look back, the time has flown by and it’s been years …
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Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common hospital acquired infection affecting individuals today. 75% of hospital acquired UTIs are …
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Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension) Signs and Symptoms

Low blood pressure – or hypotension – occurs when the force at which the heart pumps blood through the arteries falls. Hypotension …
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long life

Last week I completed a publishing course at Yale University in the USA. I was wearing one of my two …
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During my training, I frequently concluded that I was incapable of managing conflict or confrontation. On my first ward placement, …
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Continued from Part 1: Ways to Progress any Rehabilitation Exercise, Task or Activity The occupation of physiotherapy takes more than …
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In the course of a nurse’s career, there are times that favour professional advancement and moments that call for maintaining …
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Ausmed is pleased to support the announcement of the Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarship program for 2018. Applications are now being …
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I will never forget my first geriatric clinical affiliation as a physio student. I was training at a skilled nursing …
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blood transfusion reactions

If you haven’t administered a blood transfusion as a nurse, chances are you personally know someone who has been on …
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Probably my favourite TED Talk is that by Lisa Genova, ‘What can you do to prevent Alzheimer’s?’ (Watch below) (2017) …
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Vale Professor Hubert Dreyfus. I have only just learned online of the death in April this year of Hubert ‘Bert’ …
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What is Delirium? Delirium is a common disorder that mostly affects older adults however it doesn’t discriminate, and can also …
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Let’s start with a story about workplace injuries… It’s 0630hrs and I am still feeling sleepy. I enter the client’s …
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Congestive heart failure is not a disease; rather it’s a cascade of events and ill-conceived compensatory efforts made by the …
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Providing education to patients and their families is one of the most important aspects of nursing care. This can be …
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Ever been reading a really stellar book, sitting at the beach, drinking a canned soft drink? You’re lost, engrossed in …
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One of the hardest jobs a manager has to do is discipline a worker for poor performance. This is especially …
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Nurses are strong and resilient, but everyone has a breaking point. Like an elastic band stretched beyond its limits, nurses’ …
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According to The Continence Foundation of Australia, more than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems (2017). Not …
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We are all aspiring to be like someone else, are we not? Why can’t we just aspire to be the …
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Margaret lives in a nursing facility. She has dementia and believes that the doll in her room is a baby …
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Guillain Barré Syndrome

What is Guillain Barré Syndrome? Let’s face it, you or someone you know is probably thinking ‘how do I say …
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‘Can I do it?’ Have you ever asked yourself this question at work, or heard someone else deliberating over it? …
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I may never recover from the trauma. At a major nursing conference recently, I went along to a session on …
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In my early career as a hospital-based physio, I recall walking into the room of a frail elderly woman lying …
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Whilst many of the complications associated with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) can be avoided, there is poor insulin management amongst …
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Every time someone has a surgery, they are at risk of potential complications. These can vary from the mild side …
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The Nurses Memorial Centre (NMC) in association with the Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women and Prince Henry’s Affiliates are pleased …
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With the general election impending, it is crucial that we take time to consider the way in which politics shapes …
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In the 21st century, professional nurses aren’t just handmaidens to doctors. In fact, nurses are more autonomous than ever in …
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Left foot, right foot, left foot, right. My brain ticks off the steps like an easy reader version of Dr …
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Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to modern healthcare today. As the number of infections resistant to the …
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Are you an RN, EN or carer in NSW aged care? Or, are you a Director of Nursing (DON), CEO, …
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was first introduced as a diagnosis in 1980 and can be defined as a traumatic event …
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Can life continue to get better with age? This question arose from watching the TED Talk by Jane Fonda (2011) …
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what is sepsis blood infection

What is sepsis? Sepsis is a huge healthcare problem world-wide with millions of people diagnosed every year. Sepsis and septic …
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‘Suspected outbreak’. Two words that every medical professional hates hearing when they listen to the news. The most recent outbreak …
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Therapeutic listening is a cornerstone skill of health professionals. Empathy, understanding and recognition of the patient’s emotions and feelings are …
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Why do we become nurses? There are as many answers to that question as there are nurses, I imagine. The …
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4 Bedside Tests and Measures to Determine Walking Safety - Ausmed

Bernard falls. Truth be told, he falls a lot. His wife has become so used to the falls that it …
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Obesity is not only a growing epidemic in the general population with ‘a staggering 63.4 percent of Australian adults overweight …
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what would a world without nurses mean

A World Without Nurses… What would it mean? There are over 7.5 billion people in the world but only 19.3 …
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The brachial plexus begins in the spinal cord at the cervical and upper thoracic region (from C5-T1) and is a …
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It’s time to celebrate the great job that nurses do around the world! This International Nurses’ Day, I would like …
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For the second time in a week, I have been assigned to nurse the side rooms of a ward. As …
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Jones et al. (2011) comment that ‘Despite the high prevalence of asthma in the elderly, its development, diagnosis, and treatment …
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Nursing has been central to the delivery of modern healthcare for many decades. Despite the vital importance of nurses, their …
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The following article is a quick refresher on injection sites in preparation for the upcoming vaccination administrations for the flu …
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Stoma - Living With a Stoma and its Psychological Impacts: Ausmed

If you have ever been in hospital, one thing you know for certain is that nurses love to talk about …
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Betty Jeffrey, The Girls on the Beach, Ausmed's The Handover podcast

Welcome to episode eighteen of the Ausmed Handover podcast – Betty Jeffrey: ‘The Girls on the Beach’ Welcome to this special edition of …
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I have been watching the United Airlines debacle unfold with very mixed emotions. How could this happen? It has made …
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Flu Vaccination Season

It’s that time of the year again for flu vaccines. ‘The annual National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program will commence in …
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Change is a word synonymous with negative emotions, especially in the healthcare system where it seems the phrase ‘resistant to …
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pr lessons for healthcare

United Airlines’ shares plunged so fast this week, they could have had an entire episode of ‘Air Crash Investigations’ devoted …
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changing aged care sector

Of all the nursing fields that I could have chosen why did I select aged care? During my student days, …
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Benefits of Relaxation Therapy

Ground breaking research into chromosomal telomeres demonstrates the effect of relaxation and lifestyle on many aspects of health. Telomeres are …
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achieving your dream job in nursing

Achieving Your Dream Nursing Role 1. Reflect! What is your dream job? Why is that your dream job? What are …
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Hydrocephalus and Shunts

Hydrocephalus is a condition in the brain in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, …
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How reliable are online educational resources for your continuing professional development (CPD) needs as a nurse or midwife? Evidence-based practice …
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teaching others

As nurses, educators, managers, or even as peers or people in other senior positions, we will be faced with opportunities …
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Today, World Health Day, it is important to consider what the greatest health issues are at a global scale, and not …
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LinkedIn is renowned for being the social media network of choice for business professionals and those looking for employment. So …
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tips for avoiding burnout

The word ‘burnout’ can be used to mean many things. Stress, fatigue, irritation with yourself or others, hunger, a loss …
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Looking back, this is what I would tell myself, knowing what I know now. We all know the value of …
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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day – Let’s focus on ageing with autism Ageing with Autism ‘To be blunt, …
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Morning Medications Round

It is reported that a common cause for medication errors is ‘interruptions’ and/or ‘distractions’ to the nurse during the medication …
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health benefits of berries

As a nurse, it is important to promote health. This means everything from post-operative education, to medication adherence, and even …
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From Massacre to Legacy – the Story of Vivian Bullwinkel and The Banka Island Massacre Born in Kapunda, South Australia, …
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types of strokes

Many people have a preconceived misperception when they think of someone following a stroke. They might automatically envision mobility difficulties …
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Most patients need at least one peripheral intravenous cannula (also referred to as intravenous catheter) (PIVC) during their hospital stay for …
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People are often told that exercise should be part of everyday life and that it has various benefits. But what …
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Nurses Guide Securing Online Facebook Privacy

Simple Steps to Securing Your Facebook Privacy Like 95% of Australians, you have a Facebook account that you use around …
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As they age, older adults find themselves facing unique health challenges. Whether on their own or requiring in-home care services, by …
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Nursing can sometimes simply feel like a job that pays the rent. However, at the right moments in a nurse’s …
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If you’re reading this, you are likely a health professional, and may feel that you are already well-aware of what …
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emergency nurse

Emergency and emergency nursing can cause fear and anxiety in some nurses. There is no reason to be fearful of …
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brain damage locations

The brain. It generally takes up 2% of our body weight and weighs about 1.4kg (Farrell & Dempsey 2013). It …
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nursing social media

Social media, the umbrella term for connecting with others online through websites and apps like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, has …
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that can last for months or even years. It is …
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Correct documentation language

With the advent of e-health and the digital hospital, every word we write about our patients is potentially searchable in …
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As nurses, it is essential to understand health over the course of the human lifespan. In the currently ageing population, …
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Fibromyalgia

“I feel so tired, all the time. And the pain… sometimes I have pain in my leg that is so …
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You know that you’re getting old when you see the same wheels being re-invented and often the same mistakes being …
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mindful eating

Mindful eating has gained some attention in recent years (O’Reilly et al. 2014) and it is not hard to see …
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receiving complaints

When a Patient, Relative or Visitor Complains Patients, relatives and visitors need to know how to make a complaint. The less …
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In the worlds of nurses, nursing, and healthcare, it can often feel like our futures are foretold before we even …
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cancer rehabilitation

Cancer is a disease that is close to everyone’s hearts, with many people having loved ones fighting this tough battle …
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malaria

Malaria has been claimed responsible for half of all human deaths from disease since the Stone Age. At least 200 …
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know about kidney health

What do you know about kidney health? If you are like me, you may have specialised in a particular area …
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Quality of Life for Older Australians

As a health professional, it is essential to deliver person-centred care that positively contributes to clients’ quality of life. To …
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Nurses Do Not Discriminate

I have been basically apolitical since I was a teenage Trotskyist marching through the streets of Scotland with a red …
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Ausmed's Wound Care and Wound Healing Guide for Nurses

When faced with a complex instance of wound care, many first time or novice clinicians will ask, ‘What wound is …
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aged care reforms

Basic Overview As the Australian population continues to live longer, improvements in the diversity and excellence of aged care services …
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Giving Feedback - 3 Models for Giving Effective Feedback cover

With new graduate nurses starting in hospitals around Australia over the next few weeks, it’s a good time to think about …
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nursing out of the box

For many nurses, a narrow view of career possibilities is as common as the public’s limited understanding of what nurses …
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Making A Professional First Impression in Nursing and Midwifery

You have probably wondered at one point or another what kind of first impression you had on someone. We all try …
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nurse collegiality guidelines

What are the consequences for a team when one or more of the team members’ can’t manage their emotions? When …
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love your heart

In the lead up to Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February you may be seeing more and more heart-shaped decorations …
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february 2017 updates

2017 is in full swing here at Ausmed. We’ve just rolled out our first update to the Ausmed CPD app, …
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Arts and Health

As the world prepares for a silver economy, more people are looking for ways to achieve creativity in healthcare. One …
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Pain Management Following a Stroke

When you think of someone who has had a stroke, you probably imagine a person with hemiplegia, language difficulties, issues …
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Aged Care and Oral Health

Toothaches, as you likely know, can be terribly unpleasant! There is even a day dedicated to this unpleasant experience – …
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February 4th is World Cancer Day, followed closely by International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15th. As it nears World Cancer …
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leadership is a journey

This is my personal story combined with my thoughts on the leadership lessons I have learned from some amazing leaders …
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languages of appreciation

As a nurse, can you think of a time when someone has failed to appreciate your expertise and recognise your …
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There is new technology available to help us prevent skin cancer, in the form of skin care patches. The new …
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Incivility in the Workplace

My mother always said ‘civility costs you nothing’. The message I think she was trying to convey was to always …
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How to Take Blood Pressure There are many ways to measure a blood pressure. The most simple and common way …
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The Murray Valley encephalitis virus was first isolated in an epidemic in 1951. Earlier epidemics in 1917 (114 cases), 1918 …
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World Leprosy Day is on the last Sunday of every January – this year being the 29th (Effect Hope 2016) …
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External Fixation Devices and Pin Site Nursing Care - Ausmed

External fixation devices are used to help immobilise a particular part of the body following a fracture or with certain …
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good samaritan nurses

It is safe to assume most healthcare professionals will encounter a situation outside of work in which the provision of …
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Identify Stress and Vicarious trauma, Secondary trauma, Indirect Trauma, compassion fatigue in Nurses

The relationship between a healthcare professional and their patient is often very close, and this proximity can expose staff to …
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Ageism

Reflect for a moment on how you perceive older people and ageing. Are your thoughts mostly positive or are they …
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future of nursing

“Things are going to slide, slide in all directions…” ‘The Future’ by Leonard Cohen 2017: A new year and time that …
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Nursing is a profession wherein we are educated to focus on the needs of others. Clinically, we provide direct care …
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Charles Cullen The Killer Beside Me - The Ausmed Handover Podcast

Welcome to episode seventeen of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: The Killer Beside Me Welcome to episode seventeen of the Ausmed …
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nursing older adults or old people, elderly, in summer

Many people look forward to the warm, summer weather. But many Australians are also aware of the dangers of the …
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death and dying

We have no shortage of names for it, but when faced with death, we are often lost for words. Our …
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nurses to look after themselves over christmas

With a bump in hospital presentations of between 20 and 40% over Christmas holidays, it is essential for nurses to …
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most common hospital presentations over christmas

The Christmas holidays should be a happy opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, there is the potential for …
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violet jessop catherine black edith cavell nurses

Welcome to episode sixteen of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Ten Ordinary Nurses Who Were Simply… Extraordinary! Welcome to episode sixteen …
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Person-Centred Care

Perceptions of Person-Centred Care The outdated view of patients as passive recipients of care has given way to one where …
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shift work over summer

Continued from How to Make the Most of Your Summer When You’re a Shift Worker (Part One) When You’re on …
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make the most of your summer

Summer is here! You might be feeling that burst of energy with the magic of the warm sunshine on your …
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Neurogenic bladder dysfunction can be common in patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions; most commonly, neurological conditions. A …
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how to find meaning in your work

Welcome to episode fifteen of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: How to Find Meaning in Your Work Welcome to episode fifteen …
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What is Bladder Retraining? Bladder retraining is a way of training your bladder to retain adequate amounts of urine without …
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Amputation Rehabilitation

An amputation is defined as the ‘partial or complete surgical removal of a limb’ (Mauk 2012). Artificial limbs have been …
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promoting responsibility in a patient

It’s 9:30 in the morning and I’m about to see my second patient of the day. Before welcoming her into the …
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Nursing Etiquette

Those days are long passed (thank goodness) but I wonder how much of those old rules would be of good …
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nursing leadership and workplace culture

Nurse leaders are at the forefront of creating positive workplace cultures where nurses can thrive. There are many explanations for …
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create and sustain a healthy microbiome

Continued from Part One – Human Gut Microbiome: 10 Considerations What factors create and sustain a healthy biome? What are …
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patient engagement

Patient engagement must seem like an oxymoron: isn’t supporting patients the core of what nurses do? However, the term has …
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Rehabilitative Care of a Patient Following Polytrauma / Multi-Trauma

Many people experience trauma every year as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), falling off structures such as roofs, or maybe even …
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euthanasia and nurses, are you prepared to end someone's life?

Welcome to episode fourteen of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Are You Prepared to End Someone’s Life? Welcome to episode fourteen …
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barmah forest virus

Barmah Forest virus infection is the second most common mosquito-borne infection in Australia (after Ross River virus infection). First isolated …
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medication miscalculations

Australia, and the majority of Western countries, promote a culture of health and safety within the hospital setting. Despite the …
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Being Assertive in a Multidisciplinary Team

Assertiveness is an effective tool for communicating your ideas, observations and evidence within a multidisciplinary team. It is the best …
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Nursing Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects about 70,000 people in Australia. It’s a progressive neurological disease that can be quite insidious during its …
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Person Refuses Care

Some older people don’t want our help, and despite our best intentions, arguing with the person or their family member …
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The human microbiome is a diverse and complex microbial community that resides in our gastrointestinal tracts and has been coined …
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Innovation in nursing

We don’t fail nearly well enough or often enough in nursing. I don’t mean here, the spectacularly dangerous and life-threatening …
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What Can Nurses Do to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance?

A video explanation of ways nurses can help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Emerging antimicrobial resistance is the biggest …
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attitudes to Post traumatic stress disorder

Sitting in my local with some friends last year, a story on the local evening news got our attention. A …
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bullying in nursing - what it's like to be a bully

Welcome to episode thirteen of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Bullying in Nursing – What’s it Like to be a Bully? …
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A study from Germany revealed Facebook makes its users feel envious of others and dissatisfied with themselves (Krasnova et al …
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Cultural Assessment World Map

“I went to have some blood tests. The person doing the test was asking me questions but I couldn’t understand …
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Subliminal messages to the unconscious mind

In what has become a well-known hoax from 1957, a marketing consultant by the name of James Vicary claimed that …
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Patient Journey

Despite well-defined care pathways and referral processes, patients’ journeys are rarely linear and always unique; in the patient’s mind they may …
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personalised medicine dna

The Age of Personalised Medicine Back in 2003, an extraordinary step for medicine and long awaited scientific feat was accomplished …
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venous thromboembolism

It starts off as something simple. Your patient is complaining of leg pain. One leg is swollen to twice the …
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do bed alarms prevent falls

In the US in 2008, the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services took the controversial step of declining to cover …
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consumer genetic testing

Genetic Testing in the Hands of the Consumer As little as a decade ago, the concept of having your DNA …
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https://www.ausmed.com/articles/lung-sounds-made-easy/

Along with the chest (i.e. Heart Sounds and Lung Sounds), the abdomen is a major focus of assessment. While everyone …
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20 Documentation Dos and Don’ts Nursing documentation includes any and all forms of documentation by a nurse or midwife recorded …
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Physical Activity in Children

Introduction Regular physical activity promotes the growth and development of children and has multiple benefits on their physical, mental and …
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Basic nursing care

I am aiming for this to be a provocative article. I want to start a conversation about where nursing has …
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I would like to share a personal story about two contrasting experiences my family, and in particular my daughter, had …
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nutritional breakfast in schools

When one thinks of school – subjects like math, art, languages and science might come to mind. Perhaps you may …
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Case Study Jesica Santillan was a seventeen-year-old young lady who was born in Mexico with restrictive cardiomyopathy. Her parents paid …
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insert a nasogastric tube

Nasogastric (NG) tubes are a useful way to get access to the stomach, and insertion of them is an important …
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Oxygen Flow Rate and FiO²

Oxygen – we all need it! Sometimes we need more of it in order to maintain our oxygen saturations. In …
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Genetically Modified Foods

A poll from the School of Sociology at Australian National University (Lockie & Pietsch 2012) found that Australia is divided on the …
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nursing negativity

Nurses face many challenges throughout their professional nursing careers, and remaining positive amidst the storm can feel daunting. When nurses …
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movies about nurses

 Counting down from number five… 5 – Wit (2008) One of the most powerful feature film portrayals of the important …
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nutrition for children

Childhood is a critical time in the growth and development of a person, and is a key stage in the establishment …
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men in nursing

For some, men in nursing can be a touchy subject. Some nurses just can’t stand it. They hide among the …
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agency nursing stigma

From working alongside, and holding a position as, an agency nurse, I have concluded that the title “agency nurse” possesses stigma …
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delirium after stroke

A review by Shi et al. (2012) verifies that delirium develops in almost one-third of stroke patients, and that the presence of …
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You just love that representative from the big pharmaceutical company who comes to the hospital every other month. He’s a great …
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psychoneuroimmunology

It is well known that a person’s thoughts and emotions have a big impact on their sense of wellbeing. Nurses …
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how to obtain consent

Nurses obtain consent before every action they perform. From asking a patient to allow an assessment, to getting informed consent …
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communicating with doctors

Your patient’s condition is deteriorating and you need to tell the doctor. You have your vitals, your chart, and a …
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treating urinary tract infections without antibiotics

Nearly one in two women and one in twenty men will suffer a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime …
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tip to enhance communication at shift handover

The 10 Tips Here are ten tips to assist nurses to communicate effectively at handover, ensuring brief yet accurate information is …
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discrimination in nursing

Discrimination is alive and well in today’s society, and nursing is not immune to its effects. For instance, the Australian Human …
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learn from older adults

I remember her wheeling herself down the hall of the nursing home, her feet pulling the chair towards me. She …
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famous australian nurses

Today we’re acknowledging four amazing Australian nurses that have made substantial contributions to the nursing profession over the past few …
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nursing is the most unreasonable job

Welcome to episode twelve of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Why I Think Nursing is the Most Unreasonable Job… Ever! …
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You stand at the doorway and watch your patient’s chest rise and fall. All around him, his family are crying …
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rise of caesarean births in australia

If ever there was a topic to cause division, it would be that of natural versus assisted birth.  Heated discussions …
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Medication Errors To Watch For - 6 High Risk Medications - Ausmed

No nurse wants to be the cause of a fatal medication error, yet every shift we give medicines that are considered …
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telehealth

Computers, and the technology associated with them, are virtually indispensable in all aspects of our daily lives – healthcare being no …
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Are you a nurse with a weak stomach? It’s not as uncommon as you might think. Below are some tips …
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nursing education

With improved health literacy, people are living longer than ever before. Currently, the average Australian life expectancy is around 80 …
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decades of nurse's uniforms

1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s …
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shift work in nursing

Nursing is a 24-hour-a-day job. People get sick at all hours of the day and night, and they always need …
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8 rights of medication administration

Medication errors can drive nurses to feelings of guilt, and sometimes worse. However, nurses are human, and medication errors can happen. We have a …
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What is Negligence? Negligence can be defined as a failure to take reasonable care or steps to prevent loss or …
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Australia is a multicultural society. The 2011 Census revealed that almost a quarter of the population were born overseas, and …
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toxic workplace culture

Describing your workplace culture can be very difficult. It would be like expecting bees to describe the workings of the …
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tips for nurse mentors

Nursing students and new graduates face a real challenge entering the field of nursing. Mentoring new nurses is a chance …
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Chronic Kidney Disease

If you are an older person with chronic kidney disease, you are at a significantly higher risk of having your disease progress …
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professional boundaries in nursing

As health professionals we all work under a set of ethical guidelines laid down for us through our professional body, …
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Interpreting ABGs - Arterial Blood Gases

Interpreting ABGs Arterial blood gasses, or ABGs, may be among the most complex and confusing parts of nursing practice. Everyone …
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We’ve all seen it . Maybe we’ve even done it to another nurse after a bad day, watched in silence …
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Advocating is about speaking up when a problem goes unnoticed. Nurses are responsible for the trust patients put in them …
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How to Be Assertive | Assertive Communication Techniques Assertive Nurse

You need to call the doctor for pain medication for a patient but for whatever reason the doctor on duty makes …
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when a patient refuses assistance

No one should be subject to treatment that they do not wish to receive, but there is more to the …
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Welcome to episode eleven of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: How Much is a Nurse Worth? Welcome to episode eleven …
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time management for nurses

Click on the image above to download a time management template for nurses and midwives. Ausmed Whether it is multiple patients, …
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nursing handover tips

Handover is a pivotal moment in the process of a nurse’s day. It is vital to know what the patient has …
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critique a research article

Let’s briefly examine some basic pointers on how to perform a literature review. If you’ve managed to get your hands …
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How to handle difficult patients

Most nurses live for their patients (see Communicating with patients). It is usually the patients that make the sore feet, …
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Communication Skills for Nurses are vital to a high functioning multidisciplinary workplace.

10 Communication Skills for Nurses to Master For a nurse, the ability to communicate is a very important skill and …
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heart murmur and heart sounds feature image

Depending on your specialty, your cardiac assessment probably consists of listening to an apical pulse over the mitral valve and …
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A video explanation of how viruses and bacteria cause disease. Which Germ is it? Bacteria and viruses are microbes (germs) …
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normal electrolyte levels

Electrolytes are chemicals in the body that help to regulate normal functioning. Like acid-base balance, these elements also need to …
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The Gut Microbiome

The gastrointestinal system is home to a thriving and diverse microbial ecosystem otherwise known as the gut microbiome. This community …
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Graduate Nurse

Welcome to episode ten of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: My Extraordinary Life: Graduate Nurse Welcome to episode ten of …
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Alcohol Presentations effect on nursing

Introduction to Alcohol Presentation In most Western societies, including Australia, alcohol consumption in excess of medical guidelines is a socially …
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COPD and the Hypoxic Drive to Breathe

Lung Foundation Australia estimates that approximately 1.2 million Australians have some form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – the …
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How do you as the leader set the example? How do you muster up the courage to speak to a team …
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risks of ross river virus infection

With recent spikes in the number of reported cases of Ross River virus infection in Australia (Sundstrom 2016), it is …
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Obesity Stigma Obesity is a commonly stigmatised condition that is frequently reported to elicit emotions such as disgust, anger and …
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Chest Pain Assessment

Regardless of whether your patient is 45 or 85 years old, when they report chest pain, it usually makes a …
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Documenting CPD - Frog Looking to the future

Earlier this week we launched our new planning tools. Put simply, you can write a full-page NMBA compliant learning plan …
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How to write an incident report

Incident reporting is the responsibility of all team members. This article will provide you with a clear overview of writing …
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How to place an iv. Inserting an IV correctly - tips and techniques

If you are the type who is just scared out of your mind when asked to insert an IV cannula, …
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Doctor Google

Welcome to episode nine of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Doctor Google has Arrived: What does this Mean for the …
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Assessment of Bowel Sounds, assessing bowel sounds and auscultation, hyperactive and hypoactive a description and how to listen

Most nurses carry out a cursory listen for bowel sounds, but you may not realise how variable and important these …
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Rhonchi rhales crackles sonorous wheezes sibilant wheezes lung sounds

Lung Sounds Made Easy From the general practice nurse to the ICU nurse, lung sounds tell you a great deal …
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Scratching a type of rash

There are various technical terms that are used to describe rashes. Though it is not strictly necessary for a parent …
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What is Dengue?

Dengue is the most important viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes afflicting humans in a world context, with up to four …
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What does a seizure look like

Did you know that between two to five per cent of the population will suffer at least one seizure during their …
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Home-like environments in aged care

When we refer to the resident’s rights in healthcare, we are usually referring to the rights, duties and obligations exercised in …
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E-Cigarettes Tobacco Harm

The Failed History of Tobacco Harm Reduction Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Dark clouds hung over smoking as a likely …
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methamphetamine use and addiction in australia

Nicole Lee, Flinders University More commonly known by the street names speed, ice or crystal meth, both amphetamine and methamphetamine …
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nursing profession disappear

Welcome to episode eight of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: How to Make the Nursing Profession Disappear Welcome to episode …
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Post Traumatic Amnesia

When an accident occurs and there is an impact to an individual’s head, their brain tissue can be damaged resulting …
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moral values on the ward

The patient was about ninety eight years old, and her only remaining family was a middle aged son. It was obvious …
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understanding stem cells

Michael Sean Pepper, University of Pretoria This article is part of a series The Conversation Africa is running on stem …
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The next four months are going to be pretty exciting here at Ausmed. We’re putting the final touches on the next round of improvements …
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Brain injuries are common in Australia, with over 700,000 people having sustained a brain injury which restricts their normal daily …
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Schizophrenia and Metabolic Syndrome

Over the past three years I have worked with a mental health psychiatry team, participating once per week in caring …
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Nurses go into their profession expecting to love it. They feel they are called; that nursing is a vocation and …
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Part Three of a series on wound care – written By Jan Rice Pressure Injury There are now six classifications of …
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Are you frustrated by the money and time spent on professional development (PD) for yourself or your team, with no …
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Are you part of a great team? Or, perhaps you aren’t? Working in harmony can depend on a number of …
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wound types

Part Two of a series on wound care – written By Jan Rice Surgical Wounds Most surgical wounds go on to …
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how our eyes process light

Read Is Seeing Really Believing – An Introduction to Sight and Vision This post is the second in a series …
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Critical incident stress management

How do you cope after a patient has just died? You still have a shift to get through and you …
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Wound care assessment

Part One of a series on wound care – written By Jan Rice Introduction When faced with a complex wound, …
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Hypothermia

This is the third explainer in a series of eight, outlining reversible causes of cardiac arrest. Read: H is for …
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Initiation Initiation. It’s not the time you got sent off to find the ‘left handed gloves’ on your first day at …
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cancer staging

Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It affects the young, the old and the in-between, and has likely touched all of our lives …
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On admission to residential aged care, new residents undergo a lengthy period of needs assessments. For example: nutrition and hydration …
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Teamwork and engagement is everything in nursing. If you can’t keep your best employee engaged, you can’t keep your best employees …
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organ and tissue donation

For those Australians facing chronic illness, disability and death, organ and tissue donation is a well-established means of effective treatment …
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Nursing Paediatric Patients

Ask any nurse and they will no doubt already know that when children and young people present to healthcare environments, …
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elder abuse

Elder abuse is a social and political issue – and a crime. Although there is no uniform global definition of …
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Medicine interactions

Associate Professor Louis Roller Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University Article Objectives: Describe the concepts of medicine interactions, …
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Why are nurses so trusted

Many studies have been done around the world concerning the most trusted professions, and nurses always tend to be highly …
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activities of daily living in nursing palliative care

Being involved in a patient’s heath journey when they are receiving palliative care enables care givers to assist with improving …
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Nursing overseas

Read part one of “Graduated Nurse to Property Paralegal – How Nursing Overseas Opened My Eyes” Part Two I decided …
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Management Leadership

Does having a management position make us a leader? The two terms are often used interchangeably in most industries, including …
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Survive Hospital

Nurses with a degree in nursing provide better care than nurses who do not have a degree, according to our …
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spontaneous recovery

Spontaneous recovery post ischaemic stroke refers to mechanisms of neural recovery occurring intrinsically within the brain. The amount of recovery …
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Nursing overseas

Part One Every graduate nurse is the same aren’t they? So excited about finally being able to make a proper …
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patient experience

The ‘patient experience’ is both a buzzword and a legitimate criterion of evaluation for healthcare providers. It is part of …
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successful team

Cortisol levels rise in response to stress. Cortisol is released from the adrenal glands and is responsible for our fight …
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tips for night duty

Night duty is a different animal from every other shift, and you need some strategies to make it through comfortably …
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praise and positive reinforcement

If you hear someone say, ‘i’m only here for the money,’ then they’re probably feeling dissatisfied and unappreciated. Money is …
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Managing Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life threatening condition that occurs when excessive amounts of ketones are released into the …
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Nursing Excellence

Over the twenty five years of my nursing career, I have witnessed many nurses struggle to maintain their courage, compassion …
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No matter where you sit in the organisational structure, working as a healthcare professional requires a combination of leadership and …
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mental health of refugees in Australia

Since 1945, Australia has resettled eight hundred thousand refugees and displaced persons into the country. Included in this number are …
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hypovolaemia

Reversible Causes of Cardiac Arrest – 4Hs and 4Ts: Hypovolaemia This is the second explainer in a series of eight, …
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get onto a graduate nurse program

Welcome to episode seven of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: How Hard is it to Get Onto a Graduate Nurse …
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introduction to how vision works

Part one of a series on vision While working as a telephone triage nurse, I was confronted with callers complaining …
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Understaffing can be a problem in any professional workplace, particularly in healthcare where care may be compromised as a result. From …
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It was Florence Nightingales birthday on the 12th of May and nurses celebrated all over the world with International Nurses …
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what is a nurse practitioner?

Are you looking to take your nursing career to the next level? Becoming a Nurse Practitioner may be an option …
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Massive Blood Transfusion

What Do I Need To Remember During A Massive Blood Transfusion? At first thought, this seems like an obvious answer: …
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Forced to stay at work

You’ve just worked a long shift, putting your all into taking care of your patients. Your back hurts, your feet …
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Hypoxaemia Cardiac Arrest

Reversible Causes of Cardiac Arrest – 4Hs and 4Ts: Hypoxaemia This is the first explainer in a series of eight, …
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Performance Appraisal

The performance appraisal – what is it about this annual exercise that causes managers to hold their temples and the …
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nursing degree really worth it

It’s been over three years since I last changed a PICC dressing, measured a blood pressure, cannulated a patient and …
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do nurses need acls training? A dummy used for training

Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is the next step up from basic life support (BLS). Essentially, BLS is CPR, but …
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incompetent staff

Welcome to episode six of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Why do Incompetent Staff Always Get Promoted?. Welcome to Episode …
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Nursing Leadership

KASH – The Currency of Nursing Leadership Using business expert Tom Chandler’s KASH model for success, we create a guide …
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What Is Increased Intracranial Pressure? Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) can occur as a complication of surgery, a sign of a …
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night duty cover

Night duty: it’s the easiest shift, right? No one gets up fifty times to go to the bathroom. No one …
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The responsibility of prescribing medications should not be taken lightly. Each practitioner with prescribing rights must be aware of their …
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recognise depression in elderly

Researching depression and loneliness uncovers numerous amounts of literature and one fact that stands out is the rapid increase of …
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Nursing has many risks associated with it. If people knew how dangerous it could be, they may have thought twice …
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Leadership is a skill set to be learnt and used by all nurses. It’s as simple as getting people to …
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bronchiolitis

This article is intended to be read in conjunction with ‘Paediatric Respiratory Assessment’ Starship Hospital’s Clinical Guidelines define bronchiolitis as …
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bariatric-surgery man measured

Sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass are two of the more commonly performed bariatric procedures in Australia, the other being …
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Welcome to episode five of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: What Happens When The Wolf Comes Home With You? (Post …
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neonatal hydrotherapy

As a brand-new physiotherapist barely twenty-four years old, I found myself working as the lead on the Burn Unit at …
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emotional patients

Patients, caregivers and family members can often become emotional when confronted with the realities of medical care. As a nurse, …
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CPD online

Nurses and midwives must identify and prioritise their learning needs based on an evaluation of their practice against the relevant …
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What am I? I present in shades of pigment – from black, to skin toned. My size ranges from millimetres …
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Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome can be identified through neurovascular assessment in patients following extreme trauma. It tests blood flow to the extremity, …
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common causes of severe disability in young adults (Greenwood 2013). What Is …
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what is pharmacokinetics

Article Objectives: After reading and digesting this article, the practicing nurse should be able to: Discuss the meaning of the …
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You’re on a day shift and are slightly understaffed. Unfortunately a number of nurses haven’t shown up for work and …
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), has several features distinguishing it from basal cell …
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Guinea Pig Club

Welcome to episode four of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Tales of The Guinea Pig Club. Teams are tricky things …
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Lest We Forget Nurses Memorial Centre, ANZAC Commemorative Service held on Sunday, 17 April 2016 The importance of Anzac Day …
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Handover is one of the most controversial subjects in nursing. It is difficult. It feels pointless sometimes. It takes forever …
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One of the most common complaints of nurses is that they have trouble sleeping. Of course, the most difficult time …
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Nurses' Health Study

Welcome to episode three of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: The Nurses’ Health Study. The Nurses’ Health Study is one …
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The Sorrows and Woes of Night Duty

Welcome to episode two of the new Ausmed Handover nursing podcast: The Sorrows & Woes of Night Duty. Ever felt …
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Asthma is a chronic disease that can not only be life limiting, but life threatening. The World Health Organisation defines …
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In the past week I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I got involved in this volunteer program …
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Let's talk about drugs

Welcome to the first episode of the new Ausmed Handover podcast, my name is Darren Wake, and today, I want …
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patient with Dementia

Molly wakes up in the morning and can hear her husband making breakfast. She gets out of bed and makes …
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If great leadership is the ability to influence, inspire and motivate others to achieve, what are the qualities that make …
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Aphasia Care and Management - Post-Stroke Receptive Aphasia

Aphasia is the most common language disorder post-stroke, with one third of all patients diagnosed with stroke experiencing it. Communication …
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One of the most annoying things to nurses is to come on shift and find that the shift before has …
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safety and chemotherapy

If I had to leave Vietnam tomorrow, I’d depart with a great sense of achievement, confident that we had made …
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Nursing education in vietnam

Why do you learn? One of my mentors drilled the answer to this question into me early in my nursing …
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It’s hot. There’s no privacy. People are everywhere. In cots, on mattresses, crammed up against hospital corridors. Family belongings stuffed …
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Homeopathy: Fact or Fiction?

“We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and once they are engraved upon the memory, woe …
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nurse title

One thing I have learned over many years is that the best way to diminish a group of people is …
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It’s one of the best things in nursing. That buzz you get when you know that you’ve made even the …
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Yesterday was my first day inside the hospital. After the weekend was spent enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of …
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volunteer nursing in Vietnam

Passport? Check. Boarding Pass? Check. A bag full of catheters, luer lock syringes, endotracheal tubes and hand santinitser? Check …
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Although it can be quite common for people with dementia to forget about personal care and hygiene, it is one …
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Nurse Imposter Syndrome

You walk on the floor, dressed in your uniform, and read the assignment board. You have five patients, and you …
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Exercise for Dementia

“Help me, help me, help me,” came the staccato plea from room 14. “No, shoot me,” growled a personal care …
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Reporting feature on Ausmed.

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of Ausmed.com’s new reporting feature. It goes without saying that reporting CPD …
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neurobiology behind Leadership

Nurse leaders are the people who, in any role, are able to ‘make things happen’. Leadership skills are what enable …
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Lap band surgery in Australia

The incidence of obesity is increasing in Australia, and is having a substantial impact on morbidity and mortality. Health effects …
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Emotional and psychological impacts of chronic pain

For most healthcare professionals, pain is a part of our daily routine. We see acute pain caused by recent ailments …
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Basal Cell Carcinoma

The Cancer Council of Australia names non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) as Australia’s most common cancer, and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) …
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Silver Lining CPD reports

It’s 2016! With the new year upon us, we thought we would take the opportunity to look forward to the …
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The most important part of diabetes education is teaching your patient how to handle their nutrition. Many diabetic people are …
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Hobbies for Nurses

Nursing is a stressful job, and you may feel wound up tighter than the Gordian knot after a particularly long …
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Individualising medicine.

“We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this …
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Mindfulness in Nursing.

Nursing is a job that requires you to stay particularly focussed for certain tasks. However, it is so easy to …
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Smiling on the job.

Bad days happen to all nurses. Sometimes, it seems like there are nothing but bad days, and that’s a sign …
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Smoking cessation for inpatients

Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Going into nicotine withdrawal can compound the discomfort that a person in hospital may …
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In order to recognise, manage and treat respiratory conditions in children effectively, we need to be able to confidently assess …
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Wound care assessment

Ausmed’s popular wound care seminar has been completely revised for 2015. Watch the video above to learn about the latest …
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Looking to the stars.

Maintaining our own motivation at work can be a challenge at times, let alone raising motivation of our team. Yet, …
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4 stages of product life cycle example

We’re all familiar with the technology giant Apple. The incredibly successful company that has brought us products like the iPhone …
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2015 November New Design

Today we are publishing a fresh design for Ausmed’s new CPD Organiser. Not only does it look amazing, it’s also …
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Difficult people are everywhere in the world of the nurse. It isn’t just patients who can be difficult, either; families, …
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Lack of motivation can impact negatively on the individual’s participation in rehabilitation and recovery phases post-stroke. Decreased participation and engagement …
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Health professionals are all well versed in the importance of an accurate pain assessment. However, challenges can often be present …
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Empathy in nursing leadership.

Being an empathetic leader allows you to understand and respond to the needs of the people you are charged with …
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Nurses are constantly on their feet. Besides back pain, one of the most common painful conditions that plague nurses is …
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what is keratin? It is in skin

What is keratin and what has it ever done for us? Fundamental to life, keratin abundant tissue has provided clothing, …
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Honouring the Australian and New Zealand Nurses of World War 1 Nearly 60 nurses from Australia and New Zealand, as …
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The start of summer in Australia is an important time for nurses to turn their focus to the skin. Australia …
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medical surgical nursing and ICU

Nurses often wonder if the grass is greener on the other side. Usually, medical-surgical nurses wonder this, especially if they …
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Helping your client who has been diagnosed with dementia to stay active and involved in activities may help to increase …
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Enter the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Turn to your left. There is Rudy. He was born addicted to heroin. You …
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cpd-certificates

Whoa, that went quickly. It’s one month since we launched the new Ausmed website and we’re already releasing two new …
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Supporting Children

The importance of supporting children through clinical procedures cannot be overstated. In my last article, I looked at the procedures …
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Supporting children through clinical procedures can be one of the most challenging aspects of pediatric nursing. Everyone knows how tricky …
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Across clinical settings, pruritus (or itch) challenges care outcomes, can be hard to treat, and impacts on quality of life, …
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woundWouldn’t it be great if nurses had magical powers that allowed them to determine exactly what was wrong with a …
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Patients with Fibromyalgia

Ruby counts herself as one of the 2-4% of the world’s population diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Many of the …
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Increasing confusion in elderly clients can be puzzling, not only for them, but also for you as a caregiver. Establishing …
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Most nurses have heard it all, including insults, swear words and embarrassing remarks by patients. However, nursing is also a …
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Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually develops in early childhood. It is typified by dry itchy skin …
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Nurse

Nursing can be shocking when you actually get into it. The blood, the vomit, and the faeces are usually of …
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Healthcare is not a profession that occurs in a vacuum. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, …
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CNS: GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME As seen here by magnetic resonance imaging, the glioblastoma multiforme usually exhibits a "ring" or "ring-like" zone of contrast enhancement around a dark central area of necrosis.

A glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a type of brain tumour called an astrocytoma. Astrocytomas are some of the most common …
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A person with a leg brace.

As a physiotherapist, I sometimes look at a patient and am forced to confess, “I can’t fix that. I’m sorry, …
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Skin care basics for nurses.

Skin is the body’s largest organ and one that fascinates many health professionals. Yet, maintaining the integrity of our patients’ …
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Self-management, remaining a calm leader.

The ability to manage your emotions so that you create the best outcome available to you is crucial for your …
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Writing a business plan for your private practice.

Starting any business venture without a business plan is inviting disaster. If, for instance, you require financial assistance from a …
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Supporting your colleagues in healthcare.

When you work as a nurse, you rely heavily on your nursing colleagues to get you through the day. Everybody …
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Establishing a successful private practice.

We all have entrepreneurial tendencies. But what attributes make a nurse or midwife successful in establishing their own private practice? …
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An elderly person exercising in bed.

I will never forget a woman, let’s call her Margery, who I worked with in the home health setting. Margery …
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Choosing the best EHR for your workplace.

Healthcare organisations globally are undergoing massive change in the way they collect, store and use patient data—traditionally referred to as …
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Rocket lifting off from laptop

Hi, it’s Will here from Ausmed. I’ve got some exciting news to share. We’re now in the final stages of …
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Issuing a walker

Ever heard the story about the sickly woman who makes a deal with the devil? “Give me one more year …
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Managing Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS).

Being groped or grabbed by a patient while carrying out work duties is not okay in any clinical setting on …
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Nausea and vomiting.

In managing nausea and vomiting, nursing assessment is everything. Identify the cause, and you can treat the symptom more accurately …
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What are the health benefits of nature?

Most of us instinctively know that we feel better when we go to the beach, have a picnic, or take …
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Falls risk

Nurses hold an important role in preventing falls. We need to be able to recognise our patients’ risk, treat patients …
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Applying moisturisers.

The first line of management for many dermatological conditions are moisturisers which foster skin hydration and barrier function …
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Self-awareness in Leadership

Great leaders spend time on their personal development. They recognise that leading and inspiring others requires a skill-set that includes …
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fungal infection of the nail

Fungal infections of the nails cause embarrassment and discomfort for millions of people worldwide. These infections are often very difficult …
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The nurse's role becomes increasingly important as the individual with MND progresses through the disease process.

General awareness of motor neuron disease (MND) rose quickly after the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral in July-August 2014. To …
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Back injuries in nursing.

If you have ever injured your back at work, you are not alone. It’s happened to the best of us …
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Emotional intelligence.

Management is not leadership. When we manage our role is to perform a function for the organisation we are working …
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Nursing TED talks.

The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the …
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3D printing in healthcare.

In a galaxy not so far away… It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but researchers and …
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The power of touch in healthcare.

When I was 19 years old I saw a woman die in slow motion. She wasn’t sick. Her lot in …
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working with dying patients

Many healthcare professionals are uncomfortable discussing death and dying with their patients. They often try to hide their fears and …
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Helping families with grief.

Grief is one of the most difficult parts of the nursing profession. It is awkward, sad, and sometimes shocking. Dr …
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She's resilient, she's strong, it's super nurse!

I’m lucky enough to have been a registered nurse for forty good years so far. I’ve worked in a wide …
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Stress in nursing.

Experts have long considered workplace stress an occupational hazard. In 1960, researcher Menzies identified four causes of stress among nurses, …
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Red meat and bowel cancer.

It’s surprising to learn that bowel cancer, or colorectal cancer as it’s more accurately known, is the second most deadly …
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Healthcare's value chain

Value is an ambiguous term in healthcare. It could refer to a number of things—the speed of delivery, the quality, …
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A man, deep in thought.

Among the most difficult scenarios that can arise for caregivers when communicating with patients is talking with a patient who …
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What's the link between high blood pressure and osteoarthritis?

Initially, it may appear that high blood pressure and osteoarthritis are unrelated; however it is more than a coincidence that …
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Communicating with patients is critical in maintaining healthy and happy relationships

Communicating with Patients Communicating with others is an important part of life. In the clinical setting, communication both between health …
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Are ADHD and BPSD related?

Researchers across the globe are trying to determine if a relationship exists between bipolar spectrum disorders (BPSDs) and attention deficit …
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What are the contraindications of nutritional supplements?

Nutritional supplements comprise a great deal of the products available over the counter in most pharmacies. Although most vitamin supplements …
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Lean Healthcare

The concept of lean management has been used successfully throughout Japanese society, particularly by car manufacturing companies like Toyota. There …
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The free spirit.

Have you ever had this experience? You arrive at a website for the first time; it’s a brand new site …
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Common constipation treatment.

Constipation is a common complaint seen in many different patient populations. It occurs most commonly in the elderly, but even young patients …
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Integrating cognitive challenges into everyday care.

Health care providers are human. We fall into routines, patterns—lethargy even. Unfortunately, when we do the same treatments day-after-day, we …
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an ECG in a person with a potassium level of 1.1 showing the classical ECG changes of ST segment depression, inverted T waves, large U waves, and a slightly prolonged PR interval.

What is hypokalemia? Hypokalemia is the technical term for a low potassium level. Potassium, represented by K on the periodic table …
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Feeding a patient with dysphagia

Dysphagia is a common problem seen in many patients who are in the hospital or, more likely, in a long-term care …
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WWI. Crescent-shaped beach at Gallipoli with the British encampment on the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula during the Dardanelles campaign. View toward the north. 1915.

Nurses who take on the care-giving role at the front line do so at great personal and emotional risk. The …
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Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are some of the most common complaints seen in the community. Not only are they …
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Epigenetics

Epigenetics is the study of how the expression of DNA can be changed without changing the structure of DNA itself …
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Kudos to all of the volunteers on the Ebola frontlines in Nigeria!

In the wake of the ebola outbreak in Western Africa, the fact that Nigeria reported cases of ebola for only 42 …
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A frustrated relative demanding information.

Along with communicating with patients, it can be easy to talk to a patient’s immediate family. From spouses to parents, …
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Life at Ausmed

The internet—it goes without saying—is changing the way we educate ourselves. The way we share and access information has changed …
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Nursing Shift Survival Kit

Survival. Some shifts it’s all you can think about. Just get through until the next shift comes in, you may …
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mHealth - is it the future of personalised healthcare?

Smart devices and wearable technologies are becoming increasingly popular throughout society. It’s no surprise that the number of individuals using …
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A health professional explaining an illness to a young boy.

When communicating with patients, communicating with children is probably the most difficult. Not only are you trying to explain a …
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An elderly person discussing their health concerns on the phone.

Nurses encounter many older people in the course of their careers. This makes sense, because as a person ages they …
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A nurse’s daily emotions may ride on a roller-coaster. From feeling touched by the kindness of a patient to feeling …
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The Journey of a Grad Nurse

Nursing school is a journey; one of suffering and elation, of coming into your own and leaping hurdles that seem …
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Investigating medication errors.

Nurses have an important role in detecting, reporting, preventing and investigating medication errors. ‘However, nurses can also sometimes be responsible …
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