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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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Contract dispute looms as WA nurses move to protect conditions, workloads - ABC News

WA nurses will not demand hefty pay rises from the Government but will take action to protect conditions, the union says, as the deadline to thrash out a new three-year pay deal looms.

Newcastle nurse banned for taking aged care patient on a date and 'making out' - SMH

A man and a woman went to the Stag and Hunter pub in Newcastle for drinks, had lunch, and went back to her room to "make out".

Nurse faces hearing over vaccination 'lie' - Herald Sun

A MELBOURNE hospital nurse who boasts of refusing to vaccinate patients is under ­review for allegedly lying about her immunisation status so she can continue to work.

Australia's most distinguished war nurse Vivian Statham remembered at Australian War Memorial - ABC News

The medals of Australia's most distinguished war nurse have been donated to the Australian War Memorial, joining her clandestine diaries, photographs and the bullet-riddled uniform she wore during her captivity as a prisoner of war.

Nurses must have power to discharge patients from hospitals - Adelaide Now

NURSES should be given more responsibility to discharge patients to clear hospital beds and reduce the number of days people stay, the nurses union says. Specialist doctors are often called into hospitals on weekends, at extra cost, to approve large numbers of patients to go home.

Nurses, midwives may walk away from jobs if they lose penalty rates - The Australian

More than 80 per cent of nurses and midwives would consider abandoning their jobs if penalty rates were stripped from them, with many citing the Christmas period as the worst time to work, a nationwide survey reveals.

Flying on borrowed time: Robin Miller the sugar bird lady - ABC News

Robin Miller was a lauded West Australian pilot and Royal Flying Doctor Service flight nurse who brought modern medicine to north-western Australia while breaking down barriers for women in aviation. [+audio]

New nurse-to-patient ratio to see 250 nurses hired in Queensland - ABC News

The Queensland Government has moved to ensure there are always enough nurses to care for patients in the state's public hospitals. It has introduced legislation to Parliament that would require public sector health facilities to provide one nurse or midwife for every four patients during the day, and one nurse to every seven patients overnight.

Night shift nurses call for equal rates after pay 'oversight' - Canberra Times

Nurses working the overnight 12-hour shift at Canberra Hospital have attacked the ACT government for failing to fix an "oversight" which has cost them more than $1000 each a year.

Many nurses regret choosing the profession despite being satisfied with their pay - IBT

Forty-four percent of nurses would choose a different career if given the chance to do it all again. Despite earning  $95,000 to $170,000, many expressed dissatisfaction with the job, the research reports