A journey with my mother through aged care

Nurse Uncut usually looks at age care through nurses’ eyes. Today, Jewel describes her experience as a daughter whose mother spent 12 years in a nursing home. Tell us about your own experiences in comments.

aged handsMy mother was assessed by ACAT in late 1998 as requiring nursing home care.  She had, until then, been living in hostel-type accommodation in an aged care facility in Lismore, northern NSW. This was excellent – the care of residents was terrific and the premises were clean, light and airy.

After assessment, my mother was temporarily moved to the old Coraki Hospital (also excellent) while we, her family, searched for nursing home accommodation in Sydney so she could be closer to us.  Continue reading

Posted in: Nursing - Aged Care, AINs

How reducing penalty rates will affect workers’ health

This piece by Olav Muurlink, Senior Lecturer, organisational behaviour, management, of CQUniversity Australia was originally published on The Conversation. It is of course of special interest to nurses and midwives.

Despite only being two weeks into an eight-week election campaign, penalty rates have already become a significant issue, with Labor so far refusing to guarantee it will keep Sunday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers.

Penalty rates are often cast as a roadblock to business or employment but public health researchers see penalty rates as a deterrent against employing workers in ways that risk workers’ health.

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Posted in: Employment issues

‘Hazing’: The hostile initiation of a new nurse

Suze is an RN who came to nursing late – when she was over 60. She has been surprised to encounter animosity and bullying in the hospital setting and admits to feeling disillusioned. She says: ‘I’ve come to this profession late in life and I’m not ready to chuck it in yet. Well, not today anyway.’

I began my nursing career at age 62 after what seems a lifetime as a teacher. I’ve long been pulled towards nursing and began full-time university studies supplemented by a carer’s position in an aged care facility. 3dd1879545f4d23f5a780883031f2fa4I had wonderfully positive experiences in my clinical placements in the first year, but in a second-year surgical placement in a large regional hospital I experienced harassment and verbal bullying. I was berated before patients and other staff by a senior nurse who considered university training a waste of time. I guess she was trying to make a point at my expense. Another student in another part of the hospital suffered much worse humiliation and harassment than me, so I formed the opinion that it would be safest to stick to small hospitals or aged care facilities. Continue reading

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Vision statements: what are the challenges in disability care?

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has adopted a strategic plan for the next five years to guide us forward as we face many challenges to our professions. A key objective of the plan is to promote a world class, well-funded, integrated health system. Over the following months, Nurse Uncut will seek your feedback on related issues. We want you to share your wisdom and experience. We began with aged care

This month we look at the disability sector. After reading this article, let us know what you think about these questions:

  • Cover-story-clouded-future-of-disability-nursing-SH-677Do you think that acute hospital services have the capacity to provide optimal care for people with severe and profound disabilities?
  • Do you think that nurses are generally prepared to deal with the needs of people with severe and profound disabilities?
  • What do you see as the risks associated with the strict demarcation between health services and disability supports?

Whether you’re a hospital nurse, disability nurse or have a personal response, please leave your answers in Comments below.

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Posted in: Advocacy, Disability nurses

Stress survey for emergency workers

Seeking current and former emergency service professionals – including ED nurses – to participate in the Emergency Service Professionals Research Project being conducted by the Institute of Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland.

emergencyThey want to hear from current or former emergency service professionals, including first responders, defence force personnel, emergency department staff and SES, to complete a survey on the effects of stress experienced on the job, as well as other organisational and individual factors that impact on physical and mental health.

All data collected is non-identifiable and strictly confidential.

Current or former emergency services members can access the confidential online survey here.

If you’d like to follow the project and stay informed about other industry-related research, like our Emergency Services Research Project’s Facebook page.

If you have further questions regarding this study, please contact:
Mr Jeffrey Gough: Jeffrey.Gough@usq.edu.au
Dr Renee Ireland: Renee.Ireland@usq.edu.au


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