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Plenty of care in the air 13-05-2018

With about 350,000 registered nurses in Australia, it’s no surprise to find them in our hospitals, community health centres and aged care facilities. But there are some environments where seeing a nurse makes most of us do a double take.

Nurses and midwives look at Ratios and 'excellence in care' 11-05-2018

International Midwives Day was celebrated globally on May 5, while International Nurses Day will be recognised tomorrow, Saturday May 12. These days are an occasion to celebrate, commemorate and increase awareness of the contribution of midwives and nurses towards patients all over the world.

Babies 'don't count' when calculating nurse-to-patient ratios 26-04-2018

Our ageing and growing population has not been matched by hospital staffing levels, creating compound problems on wards, nurses say. And babies need to be counted when nurse-to-patient ratios are calculated, for the sake of hospital patients as well as staff.

Nurses demand new legislation around aged-care staff ratio 12-05-2018

AROUND two hundred nurses, aged care workers and the community have taken part in a rally to call on the Federal Government to legislate for improved staffing ratios in residential aged care.

NSW teachers, nurses, face housing despair 05-02-2018

Skyrocketing housing prices have pushed teachers and nurses out of Sydney prompting fears of worker shortages in critical areas.

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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.

Oncology nurse pens apologetic letter to her patients after being diagnosed with cancer herself - Women's Weekly

Lindsay Norris has spent much of her adult life caring for people in hospital, including tending to those who have suffered from cancer. In a tragic turn of events, just over two months ago, Lindsay was diagnosed with stage-3 colorectal cancer.