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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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ITAC: hands-free nursing through voice-activated documentation - Pulse IT

Aged care software vendor HealthMetrics had released a voice-activated, hands-free communication system that allows nurses to document care processes at the bedside by speaking into a lightweight headset, with the notes then integrated into HealthMetrics' eCase clinical software.

NZNO launches petition for graduate nurses - NCAH

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has launched a petition calling for the government to fund a one-year nurse entry to practice program for all new graduate nurses.

Security in question as five nurses assaulted at John Hunter Hospital - The Herald

Police are investigating after a patient assaulted eight people, including five nurses, before having to be sedated in the emergency department of John Hunter Hospital.

Doctors win on bulk billing by GP nurses - The Herald

Doctors are celebrating a ‘win’ following clarification from the federal Department of Health that it will not make changes affecting their capacity to bulk bill patients assessed by general practice nurses.

THEATRE: Trench angels saluted - The Herald

WHEN writer and producer Cheryl Ward toured NSW last year looking for venues to stage her World War I play Through These Lines, her immediate Newcastle choice was Fort Scratchley.

Nurse Megan Haines allegedly killed patients after complaints against her - Sydney Morning Herald

Police investigating the suspicious deaths of two women at a nursing home in Ballina have charged a 46-year-old woman with two counts of murder and one of assault. [+video]

Nurses fatigued as Cairns Hospital reaches 'code black' - NCAH

Nurses are working ongoing double shifts to cope with increased demand and nursing shortages at Cairns Hospital, according to the Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU).

Fears for patient safety over nursing controversy - The Age

Anaesthetists and trainee registrars at Canberra Hospital fear patient safety is being compromised because senior experienced nurses can no longer assist anaesthetists due to a change to their scope of practice.

Nurse endoscopists for Queensland - NCAH

A number of Queensland hospitals will soon be home to nurse endoscopists as part of a long-term plan to reduce public waiting lists for endoscopy services.

Providers push to review RN staffing requirement - Australian Ageing Agenda

Aged care providers and nursing unions in NSW are set to clash over whether to keep state legislation requiring aged care facilities to employ registered nurses at all times to oversee high care residents.