4,400 Amputations in Australia every year

World Diabetes Day is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. Australia has the second highest rate of diabetes-related[...]


What not to do after a long night shift

You're so tired that you're patting the dog for three minutes before you realise you don't own a dog and you're rubbing a footstool. You collapse on the couch and do your best to remember your own name;[...]


Oh my aching feet!

There aren’t many professions more taxing on the feet than that of a nurse or midwife. Long shifts, concrete floors and the demands of the job can take a significant toll. Painful conditions become chronic[...]


Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer awareness month globally. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world, impacting 2.1 million women every year. In Australia, 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed[...]


Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week - A Personal Story

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity for individuals and families as well as Haemophilia Foundations and other organisations to take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness[...]


National Emergency Nurses Day – Typical Days in ER

National Emergency Nurse’s Day on the second Wednesday in October recognises the dedication of Emergency nurses across the nation. Promoted and sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association and having[...]


“I don’t want to be assessed. I want to be assisted.” – The role of the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Odd Sock Day is on the 4th October 2019 and is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone can have an odd day. Stigma is undoubtedly still one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help[...]


Appropriate use of Tramadol

Tramadol is a centrally acting analgesic. Structurally it is not an opiate, but it exhibits some opioid characteristics. Like opioids it binds to µ receptors, although very weakly (binding affinity is[...]


Who’s got the TIME for wound care?

Venous Leg Ulcers, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Surgical Site Infections, Dehisced Wounds, Pressure Injuries – is it possible to get these wounds healed? Absolutely! Wound care is a complex process, often compromised[...]


Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAI), accounting for up to 40% of all HAIs. Most involve urinary drainage devices, such as bladder catheters.[...]


Voluntary Assisted Dying – what nurses should know

A significant number of Australians now have the right to die if they are terminally ill and meet certain criteria. Victoria is the first state to legalise medically assisted dying of terminally ill people.[...]


Pill testing - why is it so controversial?

Drugs are a growing concern for many parents, especially with music festivals and the tragic deaths of such precious lives. Five people died of suspected overdoses at music festivals in Victoria and New[...]


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