Letter from Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

A couple of days ago, I sent an email to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) asking some clarification of the reason for their nearly 40% increase in 2012 registration fees. Specifically, I requested a copy of their 2010-11 financial statement and/or a ballpark financial breakdown of their projected expenditures for 2012. After all they are now asking us to part with a collective fifty three million, one hundred and forty-nine thousand, six hundred dollars of our hard earned money. I have posted a copy of the reply below for your examination. But before you read it, here [continue reading this...]

a work of heart (video).

I thought this might be a little schmaltzy….but actually, I found it quite uplifting. It is easy to forget amongst all our challenges and difficulties, how amazing our work is. Watch.           If you can not see the screen above here is the link to this video.

The Book of Nurses: Sharon.

OK then, to start off tell us what country/area you live in, how long you have been nursing for, what areas you have worked in and the specialty you currently work in. I live in Canberra, Australia, in the house I grew up in, and bought from my parents 21 years ago! I am in my 31st year of nursing, after beginning hospital based training in 1981. I moved to Victoria after graduation, and worked in a smll country hospital which was the beginning of my love affair with small community hospital nursing. My first hospital was staffed by an [continue reading this...]

The Book of Nurses: Donn.

How’s it going? I am from Northern California in the US of A. (No, I don’t surf to work…I snowboard to work) I have been a nurse for 11 years. The day I graduated from nursing school I got a job in a super busy ER and Trauma Center- don’t recommend doing this as a new grad. After saving lives and patching up gun shot wounds for 10 years I decided to move toward education and consulting. I used up all my money and just launched a video driven continuing education site for healthcare workers-www.clickplayceu.com I decided to be a [continue reading this...]

The Book of Nurses: Linda.

OK then, to start off tell us what country/area you live in, how long you have been nursing for, what areas you have worked in and the specialty you currently work in. I live in Australia on the beautiful Moreton Bay east of Brisbane. I have been a nurse it seems like forever! I have been nursing since high school and I suppose it must have been about 1970 when I started piddling in it but started my hospital based nurse training in September 1973. During training worked medical, surgical, paediatrics, operating theatre, emergency,rehabilitation, ICU,maternity placement where we did antenatal, [continue reading this...]

The Book of Nurses: Courtney.

  I would really REALLY like you to contribute to the Book of Nurses  in celebration of International Nurses Week this year (May 6-12).  Your story matters. Here’s How. ————————————– OK then, to start off tell us what country/area you live in, how long you have been nursing for, what areas you have worked in and the specialty you currently work in. We have recently just moved from a remote outback station to Port Augusta in Australia. I’ve been nursing since year 10 as a disability nurse, then in a nursing home. Have gone back to school to finish my [continue reading this...]

The Book of Nurses: Brian.

OK then, to start off tell us what country/area you live in, how long you have been nursing for, what areas you have worked in and the specialty you currently work in. Hiya! My name’s Brian. Currently etching out a living in Perth, Western Australia. I’m a ‘seasoned’-second-year-out RN, working at in a busy, metropolitan A&E after rotations though med/surg and coronary care. What made you decide to become a nurse? Some days I still ask myself this question begrudgingly. As a nursing student I often heard nurses bantering the phrase “Got to love it or you’ll hate it”. They [continue reading this...]

The Book of Nurses: Joshua.

OK then, to start off tell us what country/area you live in, how long you have been nursing for, what areas you have worked in and the specialty you currently work in. I’m outside Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. You may have heard of us because of our chocolate. I graduated from my RN diploma program in 2005 and have worked primarily in the emergency department, minus a year in neonatal ICU. Most recently, I was clinical head nurse (sort of an assistant manager) in the ER, and in one week, start a new role as nursing house manager (basically nursing supervisor [continue reading this...]

The Book of Nurses: Grant.

I would really REALLY like you to contribute to the Book of Nurses  in celebration of International Nurses Week this year (May 6-12).  Your story matters. Here’s How. ————————————– OK then, to start off tell us what country/area you live in, how long you have been nursing for, what areas you have worked in and the specialty you currently work in. I am a UK  trained nurse originally training at the old Bromsgrove General Hospital. I currently am working in Singapore as a Nurse Clinician for Mount Elizabeth Hospital, which is part of the Parkway Health Group.  I have also [continue reading this...]

Occupational exposure: one nurses cautionary (and devastating) tale.

I highly recommend all nurses and doctors take a few minutes to watch this right through (6min 24sec). Edie, an Emergency/Trauma nurse tells how her friend and co-worker was infected with HIV after being exposed to just a few drops of blood. Her co-worker was a nurse for 25 years adamant about using universal precautions, but with one split second decision her career and life changed. Edie shares her story in a hope to prevent this from happening to other nurses. I cannot embed the video so you will have to take the jump to YouTube: It was just a [continue reading this...]

  • impactednurse.com will soon be gone. (3)
    • Zeke said: Are you keeping an archive of this site on the nurse path site?

    • jelly said: Just work a few more hundred Sundays!

    • matgrad said: Bye Ian will miss the site but as you say everything has its day. Good luck for the future.

  • Nurses are F*cking C*nts. Verbal abuse in our workplace. (32)
    • Rose said: I have read this article and found it very relevant to me and my own experience.Unfortunately a lot of people think that it is quite OK and acceptable to take out their anger and frustration against a sometimes inadequate health system on nursing staff. I also think that gender is an issue as I often feel that female nurses are...

  • Nominate Now: Social Media Nurse of the Year. (21)
    • Belynda Abbott said: I would like to nominate 3 amazing nurses that contribute to nursing and social media in many different ways: 1. The amazing Philip Darbyshire @PDarbyshire and http://www.philipdarbyshire.co m.au/index.php?option=com_easy blog&view=entry&id=44& amp;Itemid=13&utm_source=b uffer&utm_campaign=Buff...

  • When a patient leaves with cannula in-situ. (17)
    • Andy said: Good thinking! At my hospital the Oncology staff are trained/instructed to bleed CVADs before every use regardless, to remove potential clots, discard, flush, then use. Another excuse if you need it ;)

  • bully nurse. (40)
    • G Boucle said: This is not surprising at all to me! Nurses can and do bully patients, I was on the brunt of this after a surgery with spinal fusion on 5 segments! The pain was blinding, they bickered in front of me over who would change the cath bag on the floor already filled and looking about to burst, I found this extremely upsetting....

  • The art of bleeding. Art, insult…or just plain WTF? (6)
    • Contrarian said: I have seen at least one, maybe two live performances of the Art of Bleeding (they were performing at the periphery of other attention-immersive events). Of course the nurse-slut costume is a standard image, but they turn it on its head and dissect it. So, yes, as they say, while the nurse slut draws in the viewer, the viewer is...