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New grad registered nurse Alexa struggled to stay afloat when she landed in a toxic environment on her first ward. But she did not break. Today on Nurse Uncut she tells the story of that ward, the stress, tension...
Helping a young Vietnamese woman with stage-four pressure sores was confronting for nurse volunteer Susan Elliott, but she says it has opened her heart and changed her future path. The photos in this post might be confronting for readers...
This nurse really needed to get something off her chest. Do you share her frustrations? I worked my first shift as a ward registered nurse yesterday on a busy surgical ward in a public hospital. When I finished my degree I decided...
Vanessa Muir is a Registered Nurse who works in aged care in Queensland. When she read an article about the high rate of medication errors in nursing homes, Vanessa was not surprised. Here Vanessa outlines some of the factors she thinks...
Wherever you’re working — a busy medical practice, in aged care, community mental health, a ward in a metropolitan hospital, an intensive care unit — chances are you confront ethical challenges on an almost daily basis. A free Ethi-call...
Mark Quealy works as a registered nurse in a major metropolitan hospital. After his colleague, an operating theatre nurse, contributed to a newspaper piece about living as a Muslim in Australia and the hurtful comments she had to listen...
Kylie Monaghan, who was the face of the South Australian Be the Bill euthanasia campaign, died on October 8 without seeing the Bill become law. But Kylie did see the conversation about assisted dying grow more intense. And nurses...
Dave asked a question on our Facebook page: What's everyone's opinion on the 'regularly late to shift nurse'? I'm not too bothered about the nurse who is late at double staffing time - but the ones who turn up late...
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has issued a stern new warning to nurses and midwives about giving vaccination information that is not in accordance with the Australian National Immunisation Handbook on the safe and effective use of...
David Stanley, a nurse/midwife and Professor of Nursing at the University of New England, writes about the dilemma for nurses when people in intractable pain and distress ask for assistance to end their lives. Being faced with his own...

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