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    Along the Path 1

    Out of the anxiety closet.

    The following is a guest post by Sarah Moore. Sarah is a displaced Londoner working the night shift in an Australian hospital as an Enrolled Nurse whilst studying Registered Nursing during the day. Likes include sleeping, tattoos, twitter, onesies, reading post-apocalypse sci-fi, day-dreaming and more sleeping.   Out of the blue, several positions came up in an area of the hospital that ...

    On June 29, 2016 / By
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    Ectopics 1

    Nursing poll: state of the art.

    Please take a few seconds to complete this short poll looking at our personal feelings around our nursing experience over the last 12 months. Oh, and please free to add any additional comments, feelings or experiences at the bottom of the page. Featured image via Matt Biddulph ...

    On June 24, 2016 / By
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    Technology & Kit 1

    Using plastic pegs to improve communication of critical information.

    One of the constant complaints I hear from nurses is regarding doctors (or indeed other allied health workers including other nurses) communicating important medical directions or vital pieces of information by documenting them in the patient notes without informing the nurse directly, and assuming this information will definitely be read, and read within the relevant time frame. Ideally critical information should be ...

    On June 14, 2016 / By
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    Along the Path 6

    Nurses Grieve Too.

    This is a guest post by Emily Rankin. That night I was not able to sleep well. Every time I closed my eyes I saw him. I saw him struggling to breathe, struggling to live. The same as I had seen earlier that night whilst I was standing by his side, trying my best to comfort a dying man. The look he ...

    On June 8, 2016 / By
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    Nursing skills 0

    A core set of assessment skills.

    This study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing looked to find expert consensus recommendations on a core set of physical assessment skills for bedside nurses. As nursing has evolved into diverse environments each requiring its own set of relevant assessment skills, what we are looking at here are core skills that are relevant across all these areas. An assessment that should ...

    On June 8, 2016 / By
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    Nursing skills 0

    Some tips on taking blood.

    Here are some tips, reminders, guidelines and suggestions to help you improve your venipuncture technique. For nurses who have limited venipuncture experience I recommend first studying the following video which is quite good (although I will discuss some differences in my own practice). Of course you should consult, and adhere to your own local unit policy and guidelines for this or any ...

    On May 28, 2016 / By
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    Nursing skills 1

    Quick tip: 3 steps back and turn around.

    A friend of mine gave me some really good advice whilst hiking one day. I had just packed up camp loaded my backpack and was keen to head off down the track. In fact, I was in a hurry. She said the most important thing to do before going any further was to take three steps and turn around. “It should become ...

    On May 21, 2016 / By
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    Along the Path 3

    Nurse sent home for wearing black shoes.

    This is a guest post by Nurse Y. As nurses we experience plenty of WTF moments during our interactions with the organisations we work for. This is one such moment….   I had an ‘incident’ (I guess you could call it) Friday that has been playing on my mind all weekend. Whilst I was outside enjoying my morning coffee on the balcony, ...

    On May 15, 2016 / By
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    Ectopics 1

    note2nurse: May 12th 2016.

    May 12th. International Nurses Day. A day to stand up and celebrate our profession. But it is more than that. It is an opportunity to acknowledge those incredible individuals that turn up shift after shift to do all the stuff that makes nursing such an incandescent part of the health system. #note2nurse day is an opportunity for us to personally pay tribute ...

    On April 6, 2016 / By
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    Ectopics 1

    The most Wonderful Time of the Year.

    The following is a guest post by Sarah Moore. Sarah is a displaced Londoner working the night shift in an Australian hospital as an Enrolled Nurse whilst studying Registered Nursing during the day. Likes include sleeping, tattoos, twitter, onesies, reading post-apocalypse sci-fi, day-dreaming and more sleeping. The most wonderful time of the year (ish) aka a letter to the brand new doctors ...

    On February 8, 2016 / By