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Risk of hospital staff burnout can be identified with a simple saliva test

Sadly for many nurses and midwives burnout is nothing new, with the emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress being part of their every day. Burnout can emerge for a variety of reasons – excessive workloads, a traumatic event, toxic workplace cultures or outside pressures. Nurses and midwives are susceptible to burnout and should watch out for warning signs to avoid reaching breaking point. 

The results of a new research study may provide some help, with staff at risk of burnout able to be identified with a simple saliva test that measures the hormone cortisol.


Researchers closer to understanding the cause of polycystic ovary syndrome

New research shows that the most common cause of female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), may be the result of a hormonal imbalance before birth. The findings have since led to a cure in mice, and a drug trial is set to begin in women later this year.


Does caseload midwifery result in burnout among midwives? New Australian research suggests otherwise.

The benefits of caseload midwifery for women are well documented, but there has been debate regarding the impact of this model of care on midwives – including suggestions that it increases burnout.

A new Australian study though, “Comparing caseload and non-caseload midwives' burnout levels and professional attitudes: A national, cross-sectional survey of Australian midwives working in the public maternity system”, published in Midwifery, has shown that midwives providing this activity-based care (as opposed to doing shift work under traditional models) had a more positive attitude toward their work and lower burnout scores than their counterparts who weren’t.


Nurses are the missing link in antimicrobial stewardship plans

Nurses have been “overlooked and under-used” in hospital antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs), according to US researchers. A study, conducted at a facility run by Jefferson Health in New Jersey, suggested that ASPs were strengthened by educating nurses about antimicrobial stewardship and obtaining their “buy-in”.


High tech wound treatment for severe open fractures is "no better than regular dressings" - new study

High tech treatment of open leg wounds is no better than using regular dressings, a new research study suggests.

The study, “Effect of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy vs Standard Wound Management on 12-Month Disability Among Adults With Severe Open Fracture of the Lower Limb - The WOLLF Randomized Clinical Trial” published in Journal of the American Medical Association (available on CKN), found that patient recovery was the same whether a sophisticated Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) device was used or just a standard dressing.


Clinician Profile – Peter Jones, Australia’s first epilepsy Nurse Practitioner

In Australia, around 250,000 people are currently diagnosed with epilepsy – that’s over one per cent of the population so chances are most people know someone with the condition. While epilepsy is common it is widely misunderstood. For example, the majority of people relate epilepsy to convulsive seizures, but it can take many forms and affects people very differently. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder and seizures are caused by a disruption of the electrical activity in the brain.


Queensland nurse to lead the 20 million strong International Council of Nurses

With 32 years of nursing experience, Dr Isabelle Skinner will soon represent more than 20 million nurses worldwide when she takes up her appointment as the chief executive officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).


The Maroons may be licking their wounds, but are there actually health benefits in doing it?

While the Maroons are licking their wounds today after going down fighting in the State of Origin opener, spitting chips at some questionable refereeing decisions ("we was robbed!"), it’s timely to ask whether there are any healing benefits in licking actual injuries.


Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

In 2016, the European Union approved a new data privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies to all organisations that collect the personal data of EU citizens. While not directly affecting CKN, the international organisations providing content and services to CKN, such as EBSCO, Eduserv (Open Athens), Elsevier, BMJ, JAMA, Micromedex (IBM Watson Health), Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley etc have had to implement privacy protection and data handling policies and practices in line with the new European regulation.


Tobacco breaks hearts - World No Tobacco Day 2018

World No Tobacco Day is recognised around the world every year on 31 May. The day is set aside to raise awareness about the devastating health effects of tobacco use and exposure, and is a day to encourage people to quit smoking or at least try a 24 hour period of abstinence from tobacco use. This year’s theme is tobacco and heart disease, aiming to increase awareness of the link between tobacco smoking, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke.