How do nurses feel about mixed gender wards?

Last week, A Current Affair presented a tabloid-style report on men and women sharing hospital wards in NSW.

Watch their report here.

Despite the sensationalised treatment of this issue, it is a real issue, not the least because of the NSW Health directive that “Patients who are staying overnight in a NSW public health facility do not have to sleep in the same room or ward bay, use mixed bathroom facilities or pass through opposite gender areas to reach their own facilities.”

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Future nurses – the unspoken truth

Final year nursing student Jenyfer Joy shares her thoughts about medical and nursing students, bullying and academic integrity.

You may have heard or seen the Four Corners episodes earlier this year which exposed some of the difficult issues occurring within healthcare, including within nursing education.


The first program was about how some nursing graduates got jobs as registered nurses despite not being fully competent. The second program revealed the extent of bullying experienced by doctors just starting out in their profession. The two programs were not only controversial but exposed one unspoken truth – that Australia’s future nurses and doctors are vulnerable and may not be receiving adequate support.

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Jess: paediatric nursing with Syrian refugees

We’re currently witnessing an almost unprecedented refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as hundreds of thousands of people flee their wartorn home countries.

Nurse Jess Lovel has just returned from working with Syrian refugees in Iraq at a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic. Jess set out to improve her skills before going, as she knew she’d be working a lot with children, without a doctor on site. 

I had always found the thought of paediatric nursing quite daunting, but I knew that if I was going to survive in the field as a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières I would need to build my knowledge and skills. So before I applied to MSF, I moved to the Northern Territory to a little town in northeast Arnhem Land. Not only is this now my favourite place in Australia, but it enabled me to work with Indigenous communities, improve my paediatric skills and become more confident in acting independently when there wasn’t a doctor on site.


One of the reasons I became a nurse in the first place was so that I’d be able to work for MSF, which provides medical care to those most in need. So it was no surprise when I applied to work with them. However my first sighting of Domeez, a refugee camp in Iraq on the border of Syria, certainly was a surprise.

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Dying ‘well’

In 1974, student nurse Diane Byrne (her maiden name) wrote for The Lamp about her first experience of laying out a dead patient. Over forty years later, Dianne Porter is still contemplating what it means to die well. [Click on the image to read the story in full.]


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Health workers against the Border Force Act

“Are we really going to teach our children that it’s not okay to stand up for what you think is right because your government might put you in prison? When you silence doctors and nurses you’re getting into dangerous territory.” – Alannah Maycock, former Immigration paediatric nurse

The Australian Border Force Act 2015 states that as of July 1, 2015, anybody who has been to the Nauru or Manus Island detention camps cannot speak about what they’ve witnessed to anyone. Breaches of the Act are punishable by up to two years imprisonment.

As soon as the Act came into law, health workers began to speak out against it.

See Nurses Against the Border Force Act on Facebook.

2015 Conference

Nurse and midwives at the NSWNMA conference, July 2015. Continue reading

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