Note to Nurse Day. May 9th 2013. Why bother sending a note to a nurse? I mean, come on, that’s all a bit soft around the edges isn’t it? After all, I show my appreciation every day to my colleagues…. and the nurses that I really think make a difference already know as much….. Besides, if I sent a note to one or two nurses, some of the other nurses are bound to get their noses put out of joint no? And besides the first besides, writing little warm fuzzy notes to people isn’t…..well it just isn’t me. OK then. [continue reading this...]
At a recent meeting one of my colleagues proposed we start a dementia activity box for our department. This, I thought, sounds like a particularly good idea, and might even be extended to include some resources for the aged without dementia. As a department, we are very good at providing play equipment and distraction activities for our paediatric patients, but the elderly spend far longer in our care and are oftentimes left staring at the ceiling. For ever. It got me thinking as to what sort of kit we would include in such an activity box. Here are some ideas [continue reading this...]
The Thunderbox Papers are a set of short pithy one page information sheets. The idea is that you stick one on your toilet door for one week and commit to learning the information during each visit. A Thunderbox refers to an old Australian ‘out-house’ or outside toilet. These toilets were often nothing more than a small drafty wooden shed containing a seat over a deep hole in the ground. Toilet paper consisted of old pages from newspapers or magazines threaded together with string and hung on a hook. I will post a Thunderbox Paper here every week or so. Stick [continue reading this...]
I’m sure your have seen the powerful slogan: Fuck Cancer. Well, I am going to tell you that our profession has the power to not only fuck cancer, but to fuck cardiovascular disease, fuck chronic respiratory diseases and fuck diabetes. Between them these four diseases are responsible for 60% of deaths worldwide. In low and middle-income countries they will kill 90% of their victims before the age of 60, and will inflict an added economic burden on those countries surpassing 7 Trillion dollars by 2025. Go back and read that again and think about it a little. As nurses we [continue reading this...]
For the diary of any Emergency Department Nurse Practitioners: The 4th Australian Emergency Nurse Practitioner Conference. Thursday 9th May (also Note to Nurse Day) and Friday 10th May 2013 in Melbourne. NursePrac ED has evolved to become a premier conference for ED NP’s, and Extended Care Paramedics with its strong clinical focus. This years program includes: A paediatric management stream. Workshops on Ultrasound, Physiotherapy, Suturing and Splinting Orthopaedics Toxicology Burns Haematology Infectious Diseases. There will also be free papers showcasing Nurse Practitioner research and case studies. More information and registration details can be found here.