6 Tips for Taking a Wound Swab!

6 Tips for Taking a Wound Swab!

Nurses take wound swabs on a regular basis but its been interesting to discover that some Nurses are still of the opinion that you should take the wound swab before you clean the wound with some  identifying that it is…

Workloads- Shift to Shift Animosity!

Workloads- Shift to Shift Animosity!

A number of discussions about how nurses can develop a skewed or unbalanced assessment of the workload resulted from the blog about nurses spending a lot of time at the nurses’ station chatting or relaxing while patients required care. The…

Buruli / Bairnsdale Ulcers in Australia – Nursing Education Udate

Buruli / Bairnsdale Ulcers in Australia – Nursing Education Udate

Did you know that the Buruli ulcer / Bairnsdale ulcer also known as the  Searls ulcer, or Daintree ulcer is on the increase in Australia? In the past it has been  found predominantly in Nigeria, Mali and other west African countries. ‘Australia is the…

Printing Hearts from Seaweed!

Printing Hearts from Seaweed!

Printing hearts from Seaweed- well this certainly  caught  my interest.  I, like many Nurses, are no doubt familiar with Alginate wound care products. So I was  intrigued to learn the potential for the creation of cardiac valves using alginate in 3D…

Smart Sutures Can Collect Data!

Smart Sutures Can Collect Data!

Smart Sutures can collect Data – can you believe the rapid changes that are impacting healthcare! It really does sound like the future has arrived! According to an article published in the latest Microsystems & Nanoengineering journal  which you can read in full here>> engineers…

Nurses & Recency of Practice  Registration Standard!

Nurses & Recency of Practice Registration Standard!

Nurses are still talking about the Recency of Practice Registration standard- effective from 1st June and specifically, are wanting to know does it apply to them!  A copy of the registration standard and some key highlights are listed below! Don’t…

Stop pinning kids down: the case against restraint for medical procedures

Stop pinning kids down: the case against restraint for medical procedures

Stop pinning kids down: the case against restraint for medical procedures! Larissa was an 8 year old I saw regularly in ED. She had a chronic medical condition that will require regular medical attention for the rest of her life……

Middle Age Spread: How to Avoid it!

Middle Age Spread: How to Avoid it!

Many women find that when they reach middle age they start to gain small amounts of weight over time. As this weight gain is often gradual it is not always noticeable at first. Women may become aware of it when…

The amazing drug free approach to reducing pain in painful medical procedures!

The amazing drug free approach to reducing pain in painful medical procedures!

If you could remove or greatly reduce the pain your child feels when getting needles without medication would you? Well, you can! Learn a simple technique that can remove your child’s pain without medication.Advocated by child psychologists, this technique is…

Music in the Operating Theatre – Are there any Risks?

Music in the Operating Theatre – Are there any Risks?

Music is often played in operating theatres at the request of surgeons.  Have you ever wondered if the playing of music  negatively distracts  the members of the theatre team? I came across the enclosed  research article  “Music and communication in…

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University Educated versus Hospital Trained Nurses! - In the Rockhampton news, this week there was an ongoing discussion about the merits of university educated nurses versus hospital trained nurses. It was quite interesting to read some of the comments about what constitutes a good nurse. So many…
Considering Risks for Respite Care Admissions! - Considering risks for respite care admissions! I read a case summary of an investigation after the discharge and subsequent death of a lady who had deteriorated during a three week respite care admission (Residential Aged Care Communiqué 2014). Ms W…
What is your favourite hummus recipe? - In the vegan foundation course we cover an hour or so on essential sauces to have in your fridge. I extend the sauces to also include pesto and most people’s favourite, hummus. No one’s fridge needs to be without hummus…
PSST! – Some secrets about the refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) in Aged Care - Many families have been there – Mum has had a fall and is languishing in hospital. The medical advice (and the hospital’s demand) is that she can’t go home but needs to go into an aged care facility and, by…
Hobart: Wound Care and Latest Best Practice - A Practical Approach to Wound Management The purpose of this 2-day Seminar is to provide practical strategies and tools, founded on the latest standards and evidence-based recommendations for effective wound management. It is being held in beautiful Hobart – what a…
“The hallmark of a good system is a strong culture of learning from failure”. - “The hallmark of a good system is a strong culture of learning from failure”. This quote is from a BMJ Blog published last December by R. Lloyd.  I copied it at the time and have gone back and looked at…
Anzac Day – Courage, Camaraderie & Sacrifice - The 25th April is  ANZAC Day. The Anzac legend and the events at Gallipoli form an important part of what it means to be an Australian today. In particular, the  courage, camaraderie and sacrifices that were made at Gallipoli continue to…
Why are teenage girls less active than boys? - The Federal Government’s ‘Girls, make your move’ campaign is aimed at getting young women to be more physically active. Studies show that only 5.9% of girls in year 11 were meeting the physical activity guidelines compared to 18.7% of boys.…
New resources highlight need to plan ahead for people with dementia! - Are you aware of the new resources that highlight the need to plan ahead for people with dementia? New online resources are now available to help aged care staff highlight the importance of planning ahead for consumers, particularly those in…