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New SA Health Minister Peter Malinauskas tours Royal Adelaide Hospital 19-09-2017

New South Australian Health Minister Peter Malinauskas took an impromptu tour of the new $2.4 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital last night, hours after being sworn in, to be confronted by “alarming” concerns from nurses about serious safety problems threatening patient care.

Queensland nursing exchange program: City nurses swap scrubs for adventure in the bush 19-09-2017

In the first exchange of its type in Queensland, four nurses have swapped jobs for three months.

Aged care shifts with one registered nurse 18-09-2017

The limited number of registered nurses rostered on to cover shifts at aged care homes at certain times has come under question. The issue was highlighted after influenza swept through several aged care homes in Tasmania and caused deaths.

Rural South Australian nurses are threatening industrial action at four rural hospitals 15-09-2017

NURSES are threatening industrial action at four rural hospitals, which could prevent patients from being admitted, amid claims staff shortages are compromising patient care.

Nurse walk-in centre planned for Gungahlin in ACT budget 31-05-2017

Gungahlin will receive a multi-million dollar healthcare boost when the ACT government reveals its annual budget early next week.

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Nursing 457s on the decline as health sector chases workforce renewal - SBS

The number of nurses in Australia on 457 visas has dropped dramatically in recent years, but ongoing staffing challenges mean foreign workers will continue to be an essential part of the Australian health system.

Five things nurses are really good at - and sometimes better than doctors - The Conversation

Nurses do many things that only doctors used to do. And they do them very well. You may be worried if you meet a nurse when you expect to see a doctor. But you shouldn't be.

Regional nurses boost desperately needed across Mid West, WA councils say - ABC News

Rural communities are being left without access to medical treatment for weeks at a time as Western Australia's Mid West region grapples with a nurse shortage, local councils say.

Healthcare agency seeks New Zealand nurses to meet shortfall - Herald Sun

NURSES from New Zealand are being targeted by a Hobart-based healthcare agency in a new recruitment push to meet the shortage of nurses in Tasmania.

Male nurses want "male" removed from their job title in a bid to end stereotyping - Daily Telegraph

MEN want the "male" taken out of "male nurse" to end the gender stereotyping of the profession, and don't even think about calling them "sister".

All trained up with nowhere to go: WAs hundreds of unemployed graduate nurses - The Age

Angry nursing graduates have blamed the government and university system for leaving hundreds of them without jobs to go to - this year more than ever.

Jeremy Hunt’s apprentice-style training for nurses is a bad idea - The Conversation

Healthcare workers who want to become nurses but who lacked the qualifications to go to university will be able to train as nursing apprentices, says health secretary Jeremy Hunt. This is bad for nursing and bad for patients.

Nursing home regulator's response to attack on bed-bound patient 'underwhelming', coroner says - ABC News

An aged care watchdog's response to an Adelaide nursing home's handling of a dementia patient's attack on another patient was "underwhelming", according to the coroner.

Remote area nurses in NT to be accompanied on house calls following attacks - ABC News

Remote nurses attending after-hours call-outs will soon be accompanied by a trusted local community member to increase their safety following attacks on health workers, the Northern Territory Health Department said.

Nurses urge Canberra Hospital work safety review over fears patients put at risk - Canberra Times

Exasperated nurses have called for an independent review of work health and safety practices at Canberra Hospital, concerned staff shortages and workplace fatigue is putting patients' safety at risk.