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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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McGrath Foundation uses 10th anniversary to highlight growing demand for breast cancer services - ABC News

With breast cancer diagnosis rates increasing, as well as better survival rates and an aging population, experts are scrambling to find ways to cope with growing demands around patient care.

Do Something New - AnneMarie White at the Nurses's Museum - 612 ABC

This museum is a living tribute to the Florence Nightingales of yesteryear and today. It is quirky, historic- as museums should be.. [+audio]

Inquiry into nursing homes goes strangely quiet as talk turns to deadly events - SMH

Parliamentary inquiries are usually dry affairs. But a state upper house inquiry into a push to remove registered nurses from nursing homes has taken a dramatic turn from regulation and finance to murder and intrigue.

Nurse and midwife registration numbers up - but more seeking work - Transforming The Nation

The total number of all nurses and midwives registered in Australia rose by almost 7% between 2011 and 2014, but not all are finding work in their field, according to new data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Nurses say elderly at risk in aged care homes, with NSW worst in country for staff shortage complaints - SMH

NSW has been accused of leading the country in quality and compliance problems in nursing homes. Nearly 100 NSW nursing homes have failed to meet accreditation standards that protect vulnerable residents' health and safety over the past three years, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Inquiry to investigate how aged care residents will fare without registered nurses on duty 24/7 - ABC News

An inquiry will examine how New South Wales' most vulnerable aged care residents will fare in a future without registered nurses on duty at all times.

SA nurses fear penalty rates proposal - Nine News

South Australia's nurses' union is worried the Productivity Commission proposal to reduce Sunday penalty rates could affect personal care workers.

Tasmanian Government warned to hire more doctors, nurses or risk patient safety - ABC News

The Tasmanian Government is being warned to hire more doctors and nurses, or risk public safety.

Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres - Croakey

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have voiced collective concern about the “appalling secrecy provisions” in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professionals who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres.

NSW Upper House to investigate role of registered nurses in nursing homes - ABC News

A Legislative Council inquiry in New South Wales Parliament is set to investigate the role of registered nurses in the state's nursing homes.