Angie Gittus and Bronwen Griffiths from northern NSW recently flew to Kiribati in the Pacific to provide education and support to the nurses working in the Emergency Department at the Tungaru Central Hospital, Tarawa. Here's Angie's diary. Day 1 - Arrival: Thursday...
If you're an operating theatre nurse, does your working day have a soundtrack chosen by someone else? Or do you get to control the ipod during surgery? We consider the possibly vexed question of music during surgery. Operating theatres are noisy...
South Australian nurse Sandy Bradley writes about the voluntary euthanasia debate and nurses' role in that. She says 'Not being able to discuss voluntary euthanasia to address individual concerns about this issue frustrates me as a nurse ... Australian nurses, in...
Karen Bates has a tale to tell about a mysterious Matron and her gang of small dogs. Karen is a volunteer researcher with Hill End and Tambaroora Gathering Group. Karen also conducts food tours around Hill End and Tambaroora’s historic sites with the...
Why do nurses bully each other and how can this be changed? Belinda Mikaelian is a clinical nurse specialist who recently co-wrote a paper with David Stanley titled 'Incivility in Nursing: from roots to repair'. Originally from a cardiac/cardiothoracic and...
A back injury while working as a nurse alerted Francesca Nicholas to the prospect of specialising in occupational health and safety. Francesca writes: I graduated from St Vincent’s Hospital in inner Sydney in 1984 after completing my Registered Nurse training. Over the years after...
Paediatric nurses, midwives and lactation consultants - what's your experience of tongue-tie? Ruilin (Raelene) Jin, a Medical Honours student with UNSW and the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, is conducting an international survey of health professionals and wants your...
Could you say why you are a nurse in 20 words or less? The Guardian Healthcare Network in Britain asked their readers to tweet about their reasons for sticking with nursing. The replies were so thought-provoking, we decided to borrow a...
How do people who have been born elsewhere interact with the Australian health system - and with you as a nurse or midwife? What impact will immigration trends have on our future national health priorities? How should we adjust our priorities...
Melbourne nurse Tara Nipe reflects on her experience with death. Like all nurses of any length of practice, my clinical experience includes the most intimate moments of people's lives. I suspect most laypeople think first of physical intimacies - bedpans...