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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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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.

Specialist dementia nurses service launched in SA - Aged Care Guide

South Australians living with dementia are set to benefit from the unique Nightingale Nurses service recently launched by Alzheimer's Australia SA. Consisting of specialist nurses the new service is available to anyone living with dementia, their families and carers.

A third of Australia's nurses are thinking of leaving the profession - SMH

Nursing had become "too dangerous" for Catherine Taylor before she left the profession.  Ms Taylor resigned in April from her job as a nurse in an acute mental health care unit in south-west Sydney.

Poor comms cause Brisbane hospital death - 9 news

A father of three who was given too much morphine in a Brisbane hospital died after staff missed opportunities to diagnose his deteriorating condition, a coroner has found.

Lecturer makes real difference - Queensland Times

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) alumni Dr Odette Best has been recognised for her research and passion for Indigenous health.

Call for aged care to reflect “pivotal” role of nurses to deliver quality care - Australian Ageing Agenda

Nurses are pivotal to the delivery of care in aged care and the sector needs to better support them to use their full scope of practice, the head of the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care has said.

Canberra Hospital to receive $10m boost to nursing numbers if Liberals win ACT election - ABC News

The Canberra Liberals have pledged $10 million to hire more nurses at Canberra Hospital and to improve security for frontline health staff if they are elected at October's poll.

A bunch of Gaylord Fockers': The prejudices failing male nurses - ABC News

Men in nursing and other caring industries dominated by women face prejudices and challenges because of their gender, writes Samantha Selinger-Morris. But could the increase in men in nursing be a sign that stubborn stereotypes are beginning to break down?

Call for aged care to reflect “pivotal” role of nurses to deliver quality care - Australian Ageing Agenda

Nurses are pivotal to the delivery of care in aged care and the sector needs to better support them to use their full scope of practice, the head of the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care has said.

Michael Calder: Nurses' records on man who died inconsistent, Brisbane inquest hears - ABC News

A coronial inquest into the death of a 33-year-old after he was given painkillers in a Brisbane hospital has heard there were inconsistencies in nurses' records about how much pain he was in.