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28
Mar

Three ways nurses can enhance patient safety

Since professional nursing began in the late 1800s the mission to provide the highest quality of care, focused on patient health and safety, has remained the same. Queensland Health has a strong commitment to a safe and patient-centred health care system. Our nursing staff are a vital component in ensuring the delivery of that high quality health care. Here are three ways nurses and nurse leaders can enhance hospital patient safety to support this goal.

27
Mar

Empowering nurses - Tips for implementing shared governance

Shared Governance is a professional practice model that promotes nursing empowerment and shared decision making by making staff nurses accountable for decisions that impact policies, procedures, and processes at the point of care.

23
Mar

New Codes of conduct for Australian nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives came into effect 1 March 2018 for all nurses and midwives in Australia. The codes set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives in all practice settings.

23
Mar

Can you be a single parent and a nurse?

Being a single parent is tough. Parenthood is hard even when you have a committed partner at your side to help cook, clean, and earn the money needed to keep your child’s ever-growing feet in shoes. To accomplish this and so much more when you’re flying solo is even more admirable.

23
Mar

Online melanoma test accurately predicts the risk of developing cancer

Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have developed an online skin cancer test that can identify people at high risk of melanoma in 90 seconds. The free test is available online.

22
Mar

Can sociology help to improve nursing practice?

With increasing emphasis on preventative healthcare and public health, would nurses benefit from understanding the sociological influences on health and wellbeing? Although sociological education is currently limited within nurse education, there is a long-held argument for its relevance. With a growing emphasis on preventative and public healthcare, sociology may yet prove its usefulness.

22
Mar

Accelerating adoption of clinical research into practice

The rapid pace of medical advancements 

Advancements in science and medicine have led to better understanding of the mechanism of diseases resulting in development of novel diagnostic tests and better targeted therapies. The unprecedented pace of emerging scientific discoveries and its transformative nature makes it imperative that these new advancements are quickly adapted into patient care. However, a significant delay exists in the translation of research evidence into clinical practice.

16
Mar

Clinician Profile – Carol Wylie, Manager, Queensland Poisons Information Centre

A toddler drinks a bottle of paracetamol. A grandmother is given another resident’s medication at her nursing home. A teenager falls unconscious after taking unknown pills at a festival. Poisonings come in many different flavours and are more common than many people might think. Worldwide they’re a major cause of morbidity and mortality and represent a significant public health threat, especially to children. 

16
Mar

Calcium supplements may increase risk of abnormal bowel growths (polyps)

Calcium supplements, taken with or without vitamin D, may increase the risk of small growths in the large bowel (colon) called polyps, suggest results from a large US trial.

2
Mar

Over 63,000 fewer hospital acquired pressure injuries in Queensland thanks to a decade long initiative

Anyone confined to a bed or chair for a long time is at risk of developing a pressure injury, a painful and serious problem if inadequately untreated. But thanks to the state-wide Pressure Injury Prevention Program, pressure injuries have dropped in Queensland by over 77% since the program started in 2003.

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