My Blue Mountains bushfire experience 2013-2014

Last October a Mental Health RN who lives in the Blue Mountains wrote about her bushfire experience for Nurse Uncut. Now, a year later, she gives us a photo essay on changes since the fire. She writes: “I don’t have a fancy camera to work on because of the urgency of the event at that time.  I chose to use the same mobile phone to maintain consistency of the quality – acceptable and tolerable to the eye”.



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Medicare is not ‘free’ – and it’s not in crisis either

‘The age of entitlement is over’, we’re told. But aren’t we entitled to a decent health care system because we pay for it and voted for it (and because it’s the right thing for all Australians)? Annie Butler, Assistant Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, examines some of the arguments floating around about Medicare.

As we now struggle with protecting our health system from the Federal Budget proposals and all this will bring, I find I am genuinely perplexed by persistent propositions from some quarters that health care in Australia is ‘free’. And therefore, that the budget measures for mandatory co-payments are warranted and fair because ‘you can’t get something for nothing’, ‘it’s about time we all paid a fair share’ and ‘the age of entitlement is over’ and other such platitudes.


Listening to all of this I have to ask myself, in all seriousness, what planet are these people on? Are they in some parallel universe version of Australia where the government collects its revenue from some other source than taxation of its people?

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How long do you get for handover?

An RN who works in a multi-purpose service would like to know how much time other nurses get for handover.

My work only allows us 15 minutes to hand over up to 34 residential clients plus up to 12 acute (hospital) clients.

So my question is how long do the residential care facilities that you work in allow for handover and how many clients are being handed over?


Please give your answers below in comments.

Image credit: Nursing History on Flickr


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Alan’s 50 years of nursing…

Sue-ellen Blomfield, Director of Nursing at Northern Coalfields Community Care at Rothbury in the Hunter Valley, honours a colleague who recently retired after 50 years as a nurse.

Alan Baird, who has dedicated 50 years of his life to helping others, retired in March from his position as Manager Clinical Quality, Northern Coalfields Community Care.

Alan joined the NSW Nurses Association, as it was then, in 1986 and soon became President of the Nurse Managers Branch Hunter region, a position he held for a number of years.

Alan Baird cropped

Alan’s retirement celebration.

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Wellbeing and happiness – a goal worth striving for

Coral Levett, President of the NSWNMA and the ANMF, originally wrote this column for the Australian Nursing Journal.

Wellbeing is an emotional and physical state we hear more and more about in terms of its importance to our chosen career. It has strong links to feelings and emotions such as happiness and sadness and is often explained in terms of the balance of these emotions.

Attempts to describe this state of mind have been many.  One of the simpler ones is Myers’ (2002) view that wellbeing is a subjective assessment of self or a “pervasive sense that life is good”. Although wellbeing is mostly explained from the subjective viewpoint, it can also be explained objectively and more seen on a global level. Wellbeing can be more than just pleasant emotions in the here and now, having the potential to be a positive and sustainable condition that allows individuals, teams, families or even nations to thrive or flourish.


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