How Kazuma Honda stumbled into nursing and found his calling

Becoming a nurse was never on Kazuma Honda’s radar. He didn’t even know what the role involved. Looking back, however, it feels like his pathway into the profession was almost meant to be. A native of Nagoya, Japan, Kazuma was living and studying in China in 1998 when he met his future wife, an Australian. […]

A uniquely local vaccination solution in the face of a global pandemic

Amid COVID-19 a medical centre in regional South Australia has found a unique way to immunise the community against the flu this season. Practice Nurse Gabby Combe at the Crystal Brook Medical Centre says traditionally leading up to the flu season, the clinic, in conjunction with other outreach services in the Laura District, run events […]

Group 792 reunion: Training by ordeal, living up to the ideal

It was our ‘Ruby Anniversary’, 40 years since ‘Group 792’ from St Andrews Private Hospital, Adelaide, commenced our nursing training. We were a small group of 11, but eight of us had made it to our 2019 reunion in Canberra. Half a lifetime ago, we were sheltered 17-year-old girls who together, over three years, learnt […]

Meet Nurse Practitioner of the Year Chris Helms

In his first few years of university in his native United States, Chris Helms ironically wanted to take on any subjects bar nursing. His broad areas of study included marine biology, chemistry and Spanish and at one point involved aspiring to undertake medicine in the hope of becoming a doctor. It eventually led to him […]

Shout out to theatre nurses – it’s Operating Room Nurse Day

You’ve ‘got to be on’ the whole time. If you lose concentration you can have a sharps injury or drop a piece of equipment you only have one of – you can’t daydream in theatre,” says Victorian perioperative nurse Ashleigh McCoy. Today, 14 November is international operating room nurse day celebrating the work of theatre […]

Top finish for nurse milliner

Victorian registered nurse Jo Peterson is busy making her name as an emerging designer of multi award winning classic millinery. “I just like to make really nice hats,” says the chemotherapy nurse who lives down on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Under her label, Jo Maree Millinery, Jo’s headpieces have gained recognition at local race days and […]