#FOANed Free Open Access Nursing education – not just another hashtag

Jesse Spurr is a Nurse Educator for Medical Emergency Response at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. Jesse has a blog called Injectable Orange and is active on Twitter under the handle @Inject_Orange. Today he tells Nurse Uncut about using the Twitter hashtag #FOANED for interactive nursing education.

Sharing online content with colleagues is nothing new. Quality free resources have existed for nursing continuing professional development for years. But we have been limited to sharing with those we already know and there have been limited mechanisms to provide commentary or critique of these materials to a broader audience.


Jesse Spurr.

In the past two months, something amazing has started to happen. Nurses have begun to share quality, evidence-based, dogma-destroying education adjuncts via social media using the hashtag #FOANed.

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Australia’s nurses send a message to the G20

Michael Whaites, an organiser for the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), writes about the Robin Hood Tax roadshow that has just travelled up the east coast to the G20. Michael’s report was first published on the Robin Hood Tax UK blog.

While the federal Government is threatening to raise the GST and embarking on the privatisation of public health services, G20 leaders are meeting in Brisbane. They are all saying the same thing: the path to growth is austerity and privatisation – but these are actually the ingredients for further inequality in our society.

G20 Roadshow - Message to leaders Group 12_11_14

The  (NSWNMA) and Queensland Nurses Union (QNU), together representing over 110,000 members, are fighting for a Robin Hood tax to support universal healthcare in Australia. Collectively, we have raised concerns about health funding cuts, the privatisation of public hospitals and services, coupled with the dismantling of Medicare and the intrusion of private health insurers into medical decision-making.

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Midwife – what’s in a name?

Registered nurse and student midwife Olivia Powell considers a major issue for the profession of midwifery – differentiating itself from nursing.

My name is Olivia and I am a Registered Nurse and student midwife. I am also a nursing representative on the council for the Hunter New England Local Health District. My aim with this article is to increase awareness of the differentiation between two professions – nursing and midwifery.

Firstly, a little about myself: I completed my Bachelor of Nursing through the University of Newcastle in 2012 and am currently completing my Graduate Diploma of Midwifery through Charles Sturt University by distance. I completed my new graduate year in 2013, which included rotations through medical, surgical, day stay and rehabilitation. I am currently working in maternity settings and studying full time to complete my midwifery degree.

Olivia Graduation Head Shot

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Masters of Nursing questions

Today we have a question about further education for a nurse who wants to follow a specific career path. Please help her out with advice.

Elizabeth asks: I am a registered nurse in Brisbane who has been working in the perioperative setting for nearly 4 years. I am wanting to do further study and achieve my Masters Of Nursing.  Eventually in my career, I wish to become a NUM or educator or Director of Nursing in the division of surgery.


I was wondering if anyone had any advice on which Masters course to complete in order to meet my goals, ie: Masters of Clinical Nursing or  Masters of Health Management etc and any advice on which universities in Australia are good. I will be working fulltime and studying fulltime externally or online. Any suggestions would be fantastic!

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Lymphoedema – the need for a public clinic

Lymphoedema is a chronic and debilitating condition that doesn’t discriminate by socio-economic status. But not everyone can get access to diagnosis and treatment.

At a Sydney Alliance meeting in Chatswood last week, GP Dr Debbie Geyer from the Lymphoedema Support Group of NSW spoke about how people with this condition are struggling in northern Sydney and the need for a local public lymphoedema clinic. Debbie’s introduction to the issues was followed by a personal story by Carol Walker, also of the Lymphoedema Support Group, and a nursing perspective from Catherine Brennan, a community nurse.

Their focus is on their local northern Sydney district. If you live elsewhere and also have a lymphoedema story, please share in the comments.

Debbie: I work as a GP on the lower north shore and have lymphoedema.
My condition led me to get involved with the Lymphoedema Support Group of NSW and then with the Northern Suburbs Cancer Action Network.

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At the Chatswood Sydney Alliance assembly, from left: LynneSaville, Willoughby councillor and nursing lecturer, Dr Yvonne McMaster, Push for Palliative Care, Liz Hing, Chair of Cancer Action Network Northern Suburbs and of Cancer Council NSW, Elaine Kelly RN, Catherine Brennan RN, Carol Walker, Dr Debbie Geyer, Lymphoedema Alliance.

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