The commode
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by The Nurse Break Team
36m ago
Republished article of The Nurse Path. Find more of The Nurse Path here. Or check out our other articles and guest bloggers here One of my early stories on impactednurse.com (no longer active) detailed my very first experience dealing with OPP (other peoples poo). Here is a quick retelling….. It was my first placement out of ISB (introductory study block), so something like 6 weeks into being a student nurse. And I think it must have been my first or second shift in an aged care facility. I has helping to toilet a bariatric patient who was sitting on a commode after passing what must  ..read more
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Which one are you? Mercenary, missionary or misfit – remote nursing
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by The Nurse Break Team
3d ago
About After 19 years of nursing primarily in the rural and remote setting, Adjunct Professor Danielle Causer shares with The Nurse Break her passion for rural and remote nursing. With a career spanning clinical nursing, high-level executive and board positions she brings a wealth of perspective. She is also a Director for the CRANAplus board since October 2022. In her spare time, she formed a rural and remote focussed podcast titled “A Nurse Out Where” which she says she is most proud of. More Rural Remote Nursing Articles How did you get into rural and remote nursing and what has kept you in ..read more
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Day In The Life Of A Sexual & Reproductive Health Nurse
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by The Nurse Break Team
6d ago
Introduction Cara is a Nurse Practitioner with a speciality area of practice in Sexual & Reproductive Health. Originally from Adelaide, SA, Cara has worked rural/remote in NSW & WA as well as in the cities of Adelaide & Perth. Cara has worked mainly in the community, including working with people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, Indigenous people, sex workers, CALD communities, young people & people who identify as either LGBTIQA+. Other Related Articles ngaanyatjarra education kunkga – education session with my colleague on women’s business to kungkascatch up NP st ..read more
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What makes a nurse a GREAT nurse?
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by The Nurse Break Team
1w ago
Republished article of The Nurse Path. Find more of The Nurse Path here. Or check out our other articles and guest bloggers here What qualities make a great nurse? Well you will probably hear a wide and diverse range of responses to that question. When you look through the literature for some sort of guidance you see a lot of stuff about knowledge and emotional intelligence, of being a problem solver, and a critical thinker. And then there is the ‘C’ word. Compassion. As one nurse manager wrote: “Great nurses are born, not made. They have an innate gift of unconditional compassion and a relent ..read more
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Cannula security in the profusely diaphoretic patient
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by The Nurse Break Team
3w ago
Republished article of The Nurse Path. Find more of The Nurse Path here. Or check out our other articles and guest bloggers here Most of us have had to deal with it. A profusely diaphoretic patient. These patients are usually unwell, exactly the time you least want to lose their IV access. Yet due to the moistness of the patient’s skin their cannula dressing just lifts away, and scrumples up into a mess, and floats free, and you just can’t seem to do anything to get it to stick. It is my own experience than most dressings used to secure cannulas such as Tegaderm, Op-Site, and Steri-S ..read more
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You Must Know These 25 Unwritten Rules Of Nursing
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by The Nurse Break Team
1M ago
Unwritten rules of nursing they won’t tell you this whole list at university or TAFE so here it is for you. We encourage you to share this article with your colleagues and fellow students. You’ll probably read this list and agree with at least a few of them, if not all of them! Check out other great articles here for junior nurses. Another great resource is Nurse & Midwife Support if you’re needing help Unwritten Rules Of Nursing Do as you say Never ask a colleague to do something you wouldn’t do, especially when you get to a more senior role. Take your Leave Take your leave. Self-Care is ..read more
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Hand washing and irritant contact dermatitis
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by The Nurse Break Team
1M ago
Republished article of The Nurse Path. Find more of The Nurse Path here. Or check out our other articles and guest bloggers here Perhaps you have seen a colleague enduring the discomfort of red, dry, flaking, cracked hands resulting from constant hand washing at work. Some reports have estimated that up to 30% of health care workers may be afflicted with this problem, although a recent study of workers in Victoria found cases to be much lower (0.47%). There are two major types of skin reactions associated with hand hygiene. Irritant contact dermatitis; which includes symptoms that ca ..read more
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Firestorm
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by The Nurse Break Team
1M ago
Republished article of The Nurse Path. Find more of The Nurse Path here. Or check out our other articles and guest bloggers here On Saturday 18th January 2003 a freak and devastating firestorm tore through my city. 4 people died and over 500 homes were destroyed. It resulted in the 2nd largest single hospital disaster response in Australian history. I was working that day. 2 days later I wrote this story. ———————————————————————– the firestorm. It was bloody horribly awesome. Peeking out of the small window in the resuscitation room, it seemed the world had been dipped in a bucket of hell. Gal ..read more
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New Zealand Nurse in Australia – Jacob
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by The Nurse Break Team
1M ago
Nursing in Australia is amazing! Read here from other nurses who have made the move from across the world. Want to share your journey moving to Australia to nurse? Contact us Introduction I’m from New Zealand and have been in Australia since 2017. I finished year 11 in Auckland, and from there I enrolled in a foundation program at a polytechnic (TAFE) where I did bridging studies over 18 months to prepare me for future studies, I chose the nursing pathway and the units during this course were focused on preparing me for my Bachelor of Nursing. I did units such as nursing mathematics, psycholog ..read more
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Life of Remote Area Nursing – Dirt Roads, Dogs and Sunsets
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by The Nurse Break Team
1M ago
Dirt Roads, Dogs and Sunsets – Life of Remote Area Nursing We chat with Corrine Knack who is currently a Remote Area Nurse in the NT. Before you read on go join our exclusive PRIVATE FB Group ‘Rural & Remote Nursing | The Australian Outback‘ to ask questions and network with other like-minded nurses, midwives and students. Rural & Remote Articles Write for us My name is Corrine and I’m a Remote Area Nurse currently working in the Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands, NT. I grew up in Townsville, QLD and moved to the NT for my nursing graduation year and haven’t looked back. I’ve worked mostly ..read more
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