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Issues and Challenges

Unfortunately, it's somewhat common for student nurses to be treated poorly, be spoken down to or even belittled for speaking up. Just because they're a student. This is disappointing and for some nurses, this can continue for many years...
The search is on to find 1400 nurses and midwives to fill the new ratio positions, yet AHPRA is placing unnecessary obstacles in the way of nurses wishing to return to the profession. We have a chronic shortage of nurses,...
Liesl is a nurse and a mother of young kids who finds rostering a vexed issue - she can feel scared to speak out to ask for a suitable roster. How do we keep work-life balance at these times...
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...
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...
Guest post by Anna Scott-Murphy. This year I am a new graduate in nursing. I started the year with no idea of what to expect. High off my summer of just-graduated euphoria mixed with absolute dread of what could be...
Last weekend some young Sydney nurses found themselves at the centre of a 'selfie' scandal, perhaps even facing dismissal. In case you hadn't noticed, the 'selfie' has become a social media phenomenon - since smartphones became ubiquitous a few years...
It's important we openly discuss some of the less attractive issues facing nurses and midwives and unfortunately bullying is one issue that continues to plague our professions. James* has been a nurse for a few years now and although...
One of the joys (not!) of  being a nurse is working at odd hours, just like doctors, call centre employees and the like. Every nurse gets the dreaded graveyard shift. This week is my 'lucky' week where I have to...
Alexandra Ryan was runner-up in the NSWNMA Short Story Competition 2017 with this story, ‘Light and Shade’. "Oh you are a midwife? That is so exciting - that must be such a happy job."  I always nod and smile and...