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  • maxresdefault
    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
  • lactate
    Nursing skills 3

    Serum Lactate. A predictor of badness in your patient.

    Serum lactate can be considered a marker of clinical badness. Elevated lactate (greater than 4) indicates bad things may be happening to your patient. It is up to you to figure out what those things might be. History of Lactate. Serum lactate was first described following the autopsy heart puncture of a 23 year old female who had probably died from septic ...

    On February 5, 2016 / By
  • Kelly_sus
    Ectopics 14

    Nurses. We need to show the world who we really are. Before its too late.

    There is now little doubt on the importance of a nurse. Plenty of strong evidence now exists in the published literature pointing to the direct relationship between positive patient outcomes and quality nurse presence. But does the general public really understand what it is that nurses actually do? In 2016 have we finally shaken the perception of nurse as “heroine, harlot, harridan ...

    On January 6, 2016 / By
  • Stop__Look__Go
    Along the Path 0

    Stop. Look. Go.

    For me 2016 will be a year of Stop. Look. Go. A year of looking to become a better nurse. Not by trying to become a better nurse, but by trying to become a better human being. Letting the detritus drop away and balming the remainders thus: How we live our days is how we live our lives. –Annie Dillard. ...

    On January 1, 2016 / By
  • messedup
    Funnybone 0

    that’s how you know you messed up.

    Georgie Carroll exploded on to the Australian comedy scene in 2010 being crowned Adelaide’s best newcomer that very same year. 2012 saw her first televised performance in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) as a National Finalist In MICF RAW. 2013 saw her Adelaide Fringe debut solo stand up show ”Georgie Carroll: Nurse Case Scenario” described as ”sharp and pointed”, ”Side splitting” ...

    On December 15, 2015 / By
  • Goulburn_ED
    Ectopics 14

    Best Hospital Xmas Decorations 2015!

    Ingenuity, hilarity and beauty. Staff around our hospitals have been doing an incredible job sharing a little Christmas cheer with their colleagues and patients this year. Here is a selection of the brilliance….. Please vote for your favourite Xmas decorations at the bottom of the page (and see the poll results).   1. Goulburn Emergency Department. 2. Barraba Hospital NSW. 3. Hawkins ...

    On December 11, 2015 / By
  • Xmas1
    Ectopics 0

    Best Christmas Decorations 2015.

    Its that time of the year again. Nurses break out their ingenuity, engage their artistic abilities and unpack their build-it-without-a-budget creativity to immerse hospital wards/units with in little Xmas spirit. And whatever your spiritual/religious background, I think you would agree…these days we could definitely do with a sharing a little tinsel induced happiness & religious inclusivity around the place. So this year, ...

    On December 5, 2015 / By
  • 8623178549_84c6f4915e_c
    Technology & Kit 0

    Be prepared.

    A large disaster or critical event rendering mass casualties could directly impact on your hospital at any time. You must know how you will be expected to respond should this occur. In Australia, by far the most likely causes of such events would be natural disasters such as bush-fires, severe storms, floods or earthquakes. Man-made disasters such as bus or train crashes, ...

    On November 18, 2015 / By
  • P2
    Ectopics 0

    How people want to die.


    On November 17, 2015 / By
  • 15818528917_73b8b4c6a5_b
    Nursing skills 1

    Moving to FLOW at the bedside.

    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. -Aristotle. One of the questions I hear a lot both from new graduate AND senior nurses, is how do I manage the clinical workloads during my shift? How do I juggle all the tasks, the interventions, and constant interruptions that overwhelm me whist caring for multiple patients ...

    On November 11, 2015 / By