Learn about Respiratory Alkalosis and Respiratory Acidosis
This very handy chart was seen on wikipedia, and we though it would be extremely handy for nurses in specialities likes intensive care units / Emergency Rooms and othe critical care units in hospitals and other health facilities.
Food, healing and sustaining health
A good diet is essential to proper mending. By Merrilyn Banks
As we all know, Nutrition plays an essential role in wound healing. Individuals with poor nutritional status or malnutrition are more likely to develop pressure injuries and have more severe pressure injuries. They are also more prone to infections and heal more slowly. Nutrition needs to be a core part of wound management and it will, most likely, be cost-effective. Malnutrition Many studies in Australia and worldwide show that malnutrition occurs in about 30 per cent of acute-care patients and up to 50 per cent of residents in aged-care facilities. Chronic wounds, which increase nutritional requirements…
Through her research, Dr Banks has highlighted the importance of nutrition in the management of hospital and aged care patients. She was instrumental in the establishment of Queensland Health’s Malnutrition Prevention Program from 2010-2012. She has been a trailblazer in improving the quality of food services for hospital and aged care patients, being instrumental in the establishment of a Statewide Food Services Policy and Planning Unit and leading the development of food service policy and standards for Queensland healthcare facilities.
Read more about this interesting topic: http://www.aushsi.org.au/projects/evaluation-of-an-innovative-interdisciplinary-post-hospital-nutrition-outreach-service-for-older-medical-patients
Nurses going electronic
Paper records are taking a back seat to e-health and e-learning, and clinical informatics is making inroads on Australian nursing practices. Schemes already in place include electronic admission risk screening tools in acute wards at Geelong’s Barwon Health. In NSW, it’s a 23 per cent reduction in the incidence of patient deterioration in the past two years is reported by NSW Health’s Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) as a result of e-learning systems contributing to newly introduced e-charting in northern and mid-north coast region hospitals. Highlighting such trends, a national…
Australian Government e-health website: http://www.nehta.gov.au/
National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) website
Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) website http://www.ehealth.gov.au/internet/ehealth/publishing.nsf/content/home
NEHTA Learning Centre website
Learn the Basics:
Basic Computing Skills – An Orientation
please click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwsKeoXOa9I
Death’s ethical dimensions and issues
Traditionally, before we entered the modern era of nursing, a large portion of people chose to die at home – with intimate care provided by family members at their bedside. Today however, a growing number of people die at hospital. Approximately 54 per cent of the people who die each year do so in an acute care hospital, and this figure is only set to rise with the growth in the ageing population. Nurses will take the place traditionally seen to by family members – not only responsible for providing care to the dying, but also possibly playing the most critical role in making sure the person…
As a nurse and/or midwife, you are due to renew your general or non-practising registration annually by 31 May under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
You can check your registration details and expiry date on the national register: click on: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au
Frequently asked questions: click her
Remember to renew registration using your legal name – this is the name that appears on the national register. Make sure that your contact details provided to AHPRA, including your email address and mobile, are current.
Learn how to listen to Lung sounds:
|1||Vesicular – Normal|
|2||Crackles – Fine (Rales)|
|3||Crackles – Coarse (Rales)|
|5||Rhonchi – Low Pitched Wheezes|
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Australia needs to address the stigma and confidentiality issues surrounding nurses that suffer from mental health problems. This is what the newly appointed University of NSW workplace health researcher Dr Sam Harvey has pointed out. He is going to be based at UNSW’s School of Psychology and the affiliated Black Dog Institute and is the first dedicated workplace mental health research post at an Australian University.
Dr Harvey is an expert in mental health issues faced by nurses and medical staff. he was trained in Adelaide and has returned after a decade in the UK, where he established clinics at two major London Hospitals to treat medical staff suffering mental health problems. He also said that often the mundane aspect of the job which caused the most stress, magnified the unwillingness on the part of most medical professionals to seek help. When you ask a health professional “what it is what causes the most stress” , it’s often not that providing health care to the sick or nursing the needy or dealing with the sick causes the most stress, but whether they feel in control over the day-by-day actions or self development or whether they feel a valued team member. These are things which you can find in every profession. He also has found that medical professionals were at a higher risk of mental health problems and of developing a more serious form of depression or bipolar disorders and drug abuse because they do not ask for help on time. There is great anxiety among this group of professionals to seek help for these problems and see themselves as a patient or been seen as a patient by other health professionals.
Harvey’s solution to this problem is to break down some of the barriers, and to let people seek help, and make sure that when they do, it can be done in an appropriate and confidential way. Harvey will begin his 5 year research program by concentrating first on mental health issues experienced by ambulance officers, firefighters and police officers in New South Wales, before hoping to generalize this across the broader workforce.
please click on link to read more: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/mental-health-professionals-stigma
When Does a Nurse Need a Lawyer?
Protecting you License from the Nurse Police:
Many nurses only think about the Board of Nursing when they are undergoing the process of obtaining their license or when they are renewing the license. However, the Board is involved with more than just the licensing of nurses.
While most nurses worry and plan around avoiding lawsuits, they give little thought to which actions or omissions might attract the Board’s attention. Even though lawsuits affect a nurse’s wallet, the bigger concern is the impact the Board can have on a nurse’s ability to practice nursing.
Your Nursing License
When most nurses think about relinquishing their nursing license, they assume that it will be due to a voluntary action like retirement, maybe a large inheritance or maybe even winning lottery millions!But, few nurses expect to have to give up their ability to earn money as a nurse because the Board revokes their license or forces the nurse to surrender the license. Even if the Board chooses not to revoke a license, they can still impose restrictions on the nurse’s license that can adversely affect a nurses employment.
This article was copied from: “Nursetogether” Author Taralynn R. MacKay, RN, JD, is a partner in the Austin, Texas law firm of McDonald, most of this article is apllicable for Australia.
read more: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/760437
Australian Organ Donor Register
Recording your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register is voluntary and you have complete choice over which organs or tissue you wish to donate. You must be 16 years or older to register.
The Donor Register lets authorised medical staff who have permission from the Australian Government, check your donation decision anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can then give that information to your family if you die.
Family consent is always needed before donation can go ahead, so remember to discuss your decision with your family and those close to you.
Record number of organ donors in 2011
Organ Donations reach highest level in Australian History. More than 1000 lives were saved or significantly improved due to a record number of organ donors in 2011 but Australia still lags behind the world’s leading countries for transplants. Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) chair Professor Graeme Russ said it was the highest annual total of deceased organ donors and transplant recipients in Australia’s history.But Australia’s per capita donor rate remains one of the poorest among developed nations. In comparison with The Netherlands, were approximately 5,6 million of its citizens are registered (19 million).
To register for organ donation please click on: organ donation register