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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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Queensland nurse’s viral post after being called ‘just a nurse’ - news.com.au

A QUEENSLAND woman’s post hitting back at people who belittle her profession as a nurse has gone viral. Caitlin Brassington, from Toowoomba, shared a story on Instagram about running into an old acquaintance last week who had never seen her in her nursing uniform.

NSW nurse Megan Jean Haines the centre of misconduct investigations before allegedly killing two residents - SMH

As Megan Jean Haines sat with her boyfriend watching an episode of CSI, she scoffed at the TV show. They are stupid, she remarked, before talking about how to kill a person.

Project underway to identify nursing competencies in aged care - Australian Ageing Agenda

Registered nurses are being asked to have their say in the development of Australia’s first set of aged care nursing competencies.

Pharmaceutical companies splash millions on Australian nurses - SMH

Pharmaceutical companies have spent millions of dollars wining and dining Australian nurses in recent years, as well as paying for them to attend overseas conferences, training courses and even coffee meetings.

Man who died in oxygen tube mishap was left 'unsupervised' with student nurse, inquest hears - ABC News

A former Socceroo who died at an Adelaide Hospital after an oxygen tube was connected to his catheter was left in the care of an unsupervised student nurse, a coronial inquest has heard.

Remote nurses face ‘constant threats’ - NT News

MORE than 40 per cent of remote area nurses have directly experienced or observed threats, bullying or harassment in the past year and say it’s the main reason for clinicians resigning or not extending contracts.

Coroner slams police investigation into death of former Socceroo Steve Herczeg - 9 news

A key piece of evidence in the agonising and "highly unusual" death of a former Socceroo should have been fingerprinted, the South Australian coroner says. Steve Herczeg died in hospital last month because his urinary catheter had somehow become attached to an oxygen supply, bursting his bladder and collapsing his lungs.

Audrey McGregor inquest: 'Substantial overdose' given by confused nurses, coroner says - ABC News

A "substantial overdose" of medication by staff contributed to the death of an 88-year-old patient at North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney, an inquest has found.

Sydney Nurse Burns Old Woman in Bleach Bath, Gets Reprimanded - Aussie Network News

The NSW Nursing and Midwifery Professional Standards Committee has upheld the decision by the Health Care Complaints Commission to discipline a head nurse at Castellorizian Aged Care Services. The nurse, Helena Bennett, was not revoked of her license but she has to undertake an Australian College of Nursing course Team Dynamics and Clinical Leadership, among other restrictions.

Nurses, midwives warned there will be consequences if they preach or share anti-vaccination messages - Daily Telegraph

NURSES and midwives have been warned they will be investigated and punished if they preach or share “false or misleading” anti-vaccination messages, including via social media.