‘Believe in yourself’: Why I returned to nursing after a 20-year break

Victorian registered nurse Sally Baker’s life changed dramatically after discovering she had lipoedema, a chronic health condition often mistaken for obesity or lymphoedema. The connective tissue disorder, which mostly affects women, is characterised by abnormal growth of adipose tissue in the legs, buttocks and, sometimes, arms, resulting in a disproportionate body shape, often accompanied by […]

Five of My Life: Podcaster Nigel Marsh unearths the stories of everyday nurses and midwives

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has partnered with acclaimed podcaster Nigel Marsh to launch a series featuring everyday nurses and midwives. The six-part podcast series follows the Five of My Life challenge – where guests share a film, book, song, place and possession. Initial episodes will be launched on International Day of the […]

‘Delivered by women, led by men’: Female nurses face major barriers to advance into leadership roles

Female nurses aren’t getting the same opportunities to advance into leadership roles as men, a Monash University study has found. Comprehensively reviewing decades of data, researchers identified the collective sociocultural, professional, organisational, and individual barriers that hold female nurses back from being considered, applying for, or accepting leadership positions. Published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine, the […]

Top nurses and midwives named finalists for the 2024 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards

Nine of Australia’s most outstanding nurses, midwives and organisations have been announced as finalists in the 2024 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.   Finalists include a nurse from the Northern Territory who opened the first private nurse practitioners’ general practice in her community after the only medical clinic closed; a midwife from Victoria who created […]

Meet Australian Army Nurse Kylie Hasse

Kylie Hasse was studying nursing at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and waiting for a lecture to begin, when she heard that an Australian Defence Force recruitment talk would be delivered before commencement. “I listened and thought – ‘why not?’ she recalls of the session. Intrigued, Kylie joined up as a Reservist within the Army […]

Q&A: Cancer Nurse

Meredith Cummins has been a cancer nurse for nearly 40 years, with the speciality allowing her to take up a variety of roles in the public sector across major metropolitan and regional hospitals, and community oncology units. In the private sector, she has been a key stakeholder in the development, commissioning and accreditation of four […]