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More legal adventures in social media

Recent cases in this rapidly evolving realm involve nursing, bullying, privacy, defamation and employment. This article follows two previous ones concerning bullying and the use of social media within the nursing profession; both of which generated great interest. Workplace bullying ...

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High bar for bullying

The standard for successfully showing workplace behaviour is unreasonable is challenging.  Bullying in the workplace is a serious issue within the nursing profession. Anecdotally, any nurse can recount an experience either personally or in relation to a colleague. On January ...

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Time to work it out

Australia may well be in trouble without a co-ordinated approach to adequate staffing; a professor puts into focus the importance of looking past the short term on costs, and developing a national strategy.  A leading WA nursing professor is calling ...

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Don’t waste your breath

Some guidelines are leading users away from best practice for the use of inhalers.  From the very start of their careers nurses are taught to search credible sources of information to find reliable researched practice guidelines upon which to base ...

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Staff reveal palliative-care opinions in survey

Study shows healthcare workers' perceptions and challenges related to end-of-life care and choices.  Despite a plethora of local, state-based, national and international guidelines and resources, it is clear professionals providing palliative care face considerable challenges, many specific to their area ...

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Good healthcare treats mind and body

The links between mental and physical care must be acknowledged and understood to treat the whole patient.  Understanding the integral link between physical and mental health is the first step towards providing positive, holistic care to those in our community. ...

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Data points to opportunities

Senior consultant Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson tells Amie Larter why health information fields need more nurses. The number of nurses specialising in health informatics and health information management roles is still small. Even so, according to Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson, senior consultant health ...

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Where culture meets care

The goal of embedding transcultural nursing within modern practice continues to make steady progress, to the benefit of patients around the world. Australia’s shift towards multiculturalism was signalled with the adoption of a multicultural policy in the 1970s by the ...

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Cause is what counts

Plaintiffs must show a negligent act led to suffering in order to win. In any medical negligence case it is for the patient to prove their accusations on the balance of probabilities. One of the elements of a medical negligence ...

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