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The everyday fight against Ebola

An Australian RN describes in detail the daily routines, procedures and precautions for nurses in Sierra Leone caring for patients with the deadly Ebola virus. By Peter Kieseker Many Australian nurses have joined or are working alongside the 32-plus international ...

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Cost & effect

Australia lacks informed, consistent processes for policymakers allocating public funds to health services. By Elizabeth Martin Rationing in the healthcare system is done all the time by state, territory and federal governments, but it’s not done well. It’s the process ...

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International Nurses Day a healthy reminder

The tireless hard work and contributions of nurses to health systems and communities across the globe are being highlighted today as the world observes International Nurses Day. The annual event takes place on the birthday anniversary of pioneering nurse Florence ...

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The rigour of informed consent

It’s absolutely essential to make sure patients know what they’re getting into – and language barriers can make that a chore. Patients must be fully informed before they can give proper legal consent for a procedure. They must have a ...

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Nurse training standards questioned

Nurse training standards have been placed under fresh scrutiny after allegations that sub-standard graduates were posing a potential risk to public safety. The issue was raised after two former senior nursing academics expressed serious concerns about the standards of local and ...

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Nurse imposter charged with fraud

The Queensland health minister has announced a departmental taskforce investigation following revelations that a man impersonating a nurse was employed for six weeks at a health centre. The health minister, Cameron Dick, has confirmed that the man – who was ...

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