COVID: ‘Tightening the screws’ on existing workforce pressures

An Australian nurse researcher and co-author of a new study looking at nursing workforce shortages during COVID-19 has said that the pandemic has exposed pre-existing healthcare pressures, exposing shortfalls in the retainment and recruitment of workers. Dr Judith Anderson, Head of Discipline in Health Management and Leadership at Charles Sturt University (CSU), said issues such […]

10 time management tips for nurses and midwives

For the novice nurse or midwife time management may seem an elusive skill. Even those with years of experience and adept at managing their time have bad days. Being realistic about what you can achieve in a shift is a start. Here are 10 top tips to help with time management.  Arrive early Even giving […]

Nurse-to-patient ratios have saved lives in Qld

A world-first evaluation of Queensland’s legislated nurse-to-patient ratios has confirmed they have resulted in a significant reduction in avoidable deaths, hospital re-admissions and reduced bed days. The findings were presented at the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Annual Conference in Brisbane last Friday. The extensive international research was undertaken by Qld Health, the Queensland […]

NSW midwives highlight dangerous maternity shortages

Midwives from NSW rallied today to highlight shortages within their maternity wards. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members from Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore, Wollongong, Liverpool, Blacktown, Nepean Lismore, John Hunter, Tweed and Tamworth Hospitals have backed an open letter to the NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, urging the NSW Government to implement […]

Just breathe

When four call bells are ringing, IV antibiotics need to be administered stat while another patient urgently needs their catheter emptied – it can all get too much. Stress levels rise causing you to get flustered, which does nothing to help manage your patient load. So what can you do instantly to take control? Simply Breath! According to […]