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Mental health nurse rides with police 06-04-2017

A SPECIALLY trained nurse has joined police officers on call-outs to de-escalate emergencies while reducing the burden on resources, in a ground-breaking Ipswich trial.

Lisa Peberdy: the 'accidental midwife' 25-03-2017

During Lisa Peberdy's first career as a nurse, she was physically repelled by the notion of childbirth. [audio]

What hospital catering could learn from the prison system 06-04-2017

Prisoners eat better than hospital patients in Britain. Our research found that prisoners consume around three times more calories than patients and their diet is more in line with government nutritional recommendations.

Tabbot Foundation telephone abortion service is safe and effective, review finds 05-04-2017

An over-the-phone abortion service has been providing Australian women with a safe and effective way of terminating pregnancies, a preliminary review has found.

Queensland Nurses Union raise fears Gold Coast aged care facilities are understaffed 04-04-2017

THE Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) has warned aged care facilities are understaffed and not providing basic care for residents, with some registered nurses being allocated between 100 and 200 residents each.

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ACT nurses, midwives call for mandatory 'safe staffing' ratios - Canberra Times

The ACT's nursing and midwifery union has called on all political parties contesting the election to guarantee staff-to-patient ratios, after no party has met the union's demands.

SA Nurses threaten to halt Transforming Health - In Daily

Nurses in every major public hospital across South Australia will take industrial action later this month, threatening to stop the progress of the Government's Transforming Health hospital reforms if their demands are not met.

Here’s why we need nurse-resident ratios in aged care homes - The Conversation

More than 170,000 older Australians live in aged care homes. Of those, 83% are classified as requiring high care. An estimated 60% of “high care” residents have dementia, 40–80% have chronic pain, 50% have urinary incontinence, 45% have a sleep disorder and 30–40% have depression.

Labor promises $40 million to add 68 nurses and mobile dental centres - Canberra Times

The Barr government has promised to spend $36 million across four years to employ another 68 nurses if re-elected. Oral health would also get a boost, with Labor promising to spend nearly $4 million to buy two more mobile dental centres.

ACT Labor commits $36 million to boost nursing numbers, training if re-elected

ACT Labor has pledged to boost and support the nursing workforce in Canberra to the tune of $36.34 million if it wins government again in October.

Labor unveils nurse training package as campaign arm-wrestle on health continues - Canberra Times

Labor has pledged to help establish an advanced nursing masters course, use it to train 10 public health nurses a year, and offer post-graduate scholarships to 39 others.

Nurses experiencing violence in the workplace - 612 ABC Brisbane

To be an emergency nurse there are certain skills you need. Critical thinking, Patience, communication skills and compassion just to name a few. And according to new research, tolerance for violent patients. [audio]

Royal Adelaide Hospital bed closures suspended, Nursing Federation says after talks - ABC News

A plan to close 39 beds at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has been temporarily suspended by SA Health after talks with the nursing union. Health authorities earlier said a private aged care provider had agreed to take in the elderly patients who had been occupying the beds.

More cuts as South Australian nurses face first-ever redundancies - Adelaide Now

VOLUNTARY redundancies will be offered to nurses for the first time in South Australia as part of changes planned for hospitals in Adelaide’s south.

Burnt-out and overworked, Australia’s nurses and midwives consider leaving profession - The Conversation

Nurses and midwives are among society’s most highly valued professionals. But a disturbing national picture is emerging of escalating levels of over-work and burnout. Nurses say their concerns are being ignored by management, amid fear of retribution for speaking out.