Mandy speaks out for Medicare

Sunday saw many March in August events around Australia. In Coffs Harbour, Mandy Short RN, local NSWNMA branch secretary, spoke to the gathering about the current threats to Medicare and our public health system. Here is Mandy’s speech.

Before I begin I want to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land. Also the nurses and health workers who have died during the current Ebola crisis.

I’m Amanda Short, a delegate and Coffs Harbour hospital branch secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association.


 Mandy is fourth from left in the red scarf.

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Posted in: Advocacy, Community campaigns, Health funding, NSWNMA, Palliative care, Privatisation
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‘So how long have you been nursing?’ – Finn’s new grad diary 5

‘So how long have you been nursing?’ At least once a day we are asked this question. Yet it remains a difficult question to answer when you are a new graduate nurse. Some of my fellow new grads gave different answers when I asked them during our tea break what they say when confronted with the question. 075 TFNS having tea For example, one mate usually replies, ‘I moved to this hospital at the start of the year’. When asked why, he said he likes the ambiguity. He said he didn’t want to lie and this response gave the patient licence to think he had previously worked at other hospitals and didn’t compromise the confidence the patient had in him. Continue reading

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Triage! A nursing cabaret

Registered Nurse Zuleika Khan is bringing her one-woman comedy show, TRIAGE! A Nursing Cabaret, to the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville with the Sydney Fringe Festival on Sunday September 14 at 6pm, Wednesday September 17 at 7pm and Thursday September 18 at 6pm. Nurse Uncut has three double passes to give away, one for each night. Read on for Zuleika’s account of how she came to write the show and details of how to enter the ticket giveaway.

I’m a Registered Nurse and professional entertainer. I got my Bachelor of Nursing in Western Sydney and did my New Grad program at Westmead Hospital, which is where I got my first taste of Emergency. While doing this I was also getting dance qualifications and studying at NIDA. I then moved to Melbourne and was lucky enough to get into the Victorian College of the Arts, while working in the Ortho and Trauma ward at the Alfred Hospital, Australia’s major trauma centre.

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Emergency department nurses are different

Emergency department nurses are more extraverted, agreeable and open than the average adult, attributes that make them successful in the demanding, fast-paced and often stressful environment of an emergency department, according to a new study from the University of Sydney.

Belinda Kennedy from Sydney Nursing School, a 15-year critical care veteran, led the study. Here are her findings. [The research team also included Associate Professor Kate Curtis and Associate Professor Donna Waters from Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney.]

maitland ED

Emergency nurses are a special breed. Despite numerous studies about personalities of nurses in general, there has been little research done on the personalities of nurses in clinical specialty areas.

My years working as a critical care nurse have made me aware of the difficulty in retaining emergency nurses and I’ve observed apparent differences in personality among these specialty groups. This prompted me to undertake this research,  the first on this topic in more than 20 years.

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Posted in: Nurses - image and identity, Nursing - ED, Nursing Specialty

Stevie’s diary: Not ‘just’ an enrolled nurse

Today, Stevie, who recently graduated as an Enrolled Nurse, begins her new grad diary.

“Hello, my name is Stevie and I’m the student enrolled nurse working with you today; is that alright with you?” That has been my standard greeting to every one of my patients over the last 18 months and very shortly I get to drop the ‘student’.

I am, right now, in what I like to think of as six weeks of nursing limbo. I’m not a student. I’m not registered with AHPRA. I’ve not yet started my graduate program.  There’s all this time; time to think about stuff, and nursing, and to be reflective*; and a lot of time to spend on Twitter if I’m really honest. [*drive myself nuts with overthinking].


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