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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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Relatives fear underqualified staff posing as experts in nursing homes - Herald Sun

RELATIVES of elderly residents are furious at private Victorian care homes that allow underqualified staff to perform nursing duties, including injections, on their loved ones.

WA nurse Anne Carey returns from fighting Ebola but wants to go back - Perth Now

WA nurse Anne Carey has returned from fighting the deadly Ebola virus, but will have to wait 21 days before she can give her partner a homecoming kiss.

Nurses to give advice at 'super pharmacies' - The Age

Labor leader Daniel Andrews chose the "sandbelt" suburb of Mordialloc to announce his plans to open 20 "super pharmacies" where a nurse would be available at night to provide advice and care.

Tasmanian hospitals dangerous and patients dying, nurses tell funding inquiry - 7 News

Tasmanian's hospitals are operating under dangerous conditions and nurses believe patients have died because the system is overstretched, a Senate inquiry has been told.

Smartphone to improve workflow for nurses launched - Australian Ageing Agenda

A smartphone solution launched this week designed to address alarm fatigue for nurses in hospitals would also be a great tool in aged care settings, according to industry stalwart George Margelis.

Healthy prognosis for online records - St Marys Star

MOUNT Druitt Hospital is set to become one of the first in NSW to go paperless.

Nurses urge political action on violence in hospitals - The Age

Nurses have called for major parties to sign up to a plan to address violence in Victorian hospitals, with minimum security standards and flagging of problem patients among top priorities. [+audio]

Stabbed surgeon in hospital safety push - Monash Weekly

The neurosurgeon who narrowly survived a stabbing attack in the foyer of Western Hospital has warned that further attacks will occur unless new measures to protect staff and patients are introduced.

Hospitals should not be the violence front line - The Age

Before the 2010 election, the Coalition outlined a plan to spend $21 million putting 120 armed protective services officers into hospital emergency departments.

Northern Hospital patients left untreated, leaked email reveals - Northern Weekly

More than 100 people left Northern Hospital’s emergency department last week before being seen by medical staff, according to a leaked internal email.