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Australian unions have launched the Speak Up campaign so that workers have a say in making sure their workplaces are safe and healthy. ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said it was important that workers understood they would have enhanced rights...
Guest post by Kathleen Gilbert, who co-ordinates the Ethi-call line, a free ethics counselling service run by the St James Ethics Centre in Sydney.  •  You work in a private hospital. You're conscious that a doctor on your ward regularly orders...
Random, possibly drug-fuelled, violence is in the news this week due to the very sad death of an 18 year old boy, hit by a stranger for no reason last Saturday night. But nurses and other frontline emergency workers are...
Our story on plastic water bottles in hospitals drew a huge response. Chris Nimmo on the south coast of NSW has also been trying to reduce plastic useage in his hospital. Chris discusses the difficulty of making changes in...
We all know that working in hospitals, mental health and other health care facilities, we are exposed to violent patients, particularly those working in the emergency department and acute mental health wards. But, those of us...
I am a nurse who is currently experiencing the crunch of housing affordability. A story in the March Issue of the Lamp on Housing Affordability, really struck a chord with me and I wanted to share my story. My story...
I am sure everyone has by now heard about the murder that occurred in Chatswood on the 27.4.10. This murder took place around the corner from my workplace (that is a scary thought in its self) but reports state that...
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...
Mariel Rufina Tan worked fulltime through her Nursing degree and is now doing postgrad study while also working fulltime as an RN. She has some valuable advice for other working students. Mariel : Some students choose not to work while...
This is the second part of this article. Please go to Part 1 if you have missed it. The DAA suggests that we catch the problem early and monitor food intake in our residents. Every facility, no matter...