How can you make your adult children behave themselves?

There is an apocryphal story about a woman who included the following clause in her Will: “To my son-in-law I bequeath the sum of $2.00 and express the wish that he apply those funds towards the purchase of a stout rope with which to hang himself.” It is usually not a good idea to express your...

Endometriosis and Diet: Top 3 Dietary Strategies to help Manage Endometriosis

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the reproductive organs which affects over 10% of Australian women at some point in their life. The condition results in tissue, which is similar to the lining of the uterus, growing in other parts of the body, most...

Low doses of radiation promote cancer-capable cells!

Nurses are acutely aware of the value and the frequency in which CT scans are used to support diagnosis and the management of patients.  'Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge studied the effects of low doses of radiation in the esophagus of mice. It has been...

Influenza, 10 years on from the “Swine Flu” pandemic

The following is a very informative article  published in the June 2019 edition of the Clinical Communique by Professor Allen Cheng MB BS, FRACP, MPH, MBiostat, PhD Director, Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, School...

Kissing a Patient!

Some time ago a colleague shared an article from an American newsletter that reported “Does staff member’s kiss of resident violate CMS regulations?”  This is the USA monitoring authority for aged care facilities. At first glance my immediate response to the fact a nurse kissed the man...

Nurses in Crisis

Often after providing a lecture or webinar about bullying in nursing, employment contracts of Fair Work legislation, contact is made by a member who is experiencing the catastrophe of work injury, termination or ongoing unemployment attributed to previous injury or conflict in the workplace. The...

Criminal Health Carers

Sometimes it seems that there is a cascade of items, similar and worrying that catches attention in a short time.  That was this week’s experience for me. The first news item that gave me pause was a story in Queensland about a 77 year old woman admitted to hospital in such a poor state that the...

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019)

In all workplaces, Nurses are acutely aware of the importance of adhering to current guidelines for the prevention and control of infections. Did you know there are over 165,000 healthcare associated infections in Australian acute healthcare facilities every year? This makes healthcare associated...

Five-year outcomes for face transplant recipients

As Nurses, it is difficult to comprehend the need for a patient to have to undergo a partial or total face transplant.  Scientists have identified the long term outcomes for six face transplant recipients who had been followed for up to 5 years after surgery. The following information is provided...

Antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels!

Nurses are well aware of the implications of the overuse of antibiotics.  You may be surprised to learn about this recent study which identified that  Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times.  It prompts you to think about how we...

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