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14 June 2010 - Issue 11

Nursing & Midwifery careers in rural and remote Queensland

From the Editor... Issue 11 of the Nursing Post has arrived!

June is here and with less than 2 weeks to go, all nurses and healthcare staff in most states and territories in Australia will have to register with the new Nurses and Midwives Board. If you haven’t received your letter, please turn to page 30 for an FAQ to find out more. Our Congratulations goes to Kate Robertson and the staff from the Modbury Hospital in South Australia. Kate and the girls from 3 East ward were raising money on their pink hair fund-raising day for the Leukaemia Foundation. Modbury Hospital was founded in 1975 and is part of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service. Over this time the hospital has provided thousands of families across the north-eastern suburbs with a wide variety of health care services, including maternity and paediatrics, mental health and emergency. Make sure you check out the middle pages for a special 4 page career feature from the Queensland Government. You can pull-out the feature to keep as a handy directory of all the available places of employment in Rural Queensland. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Nursing Post, as we strive to bring you the latest career and educational opportunities for nurses and health professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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My Saudi Adventure by Emily


o why Saudi Arabia? That was the question on everyone’s lips when I told them I was going to throw in my “normal” life in Australia for a year in a far off country shrouded in exotic mystery and allure.

I had come to a time in my life where I needed to break free of the humdrum routine of the everyday and satisfy my craving for adventure and excitement. Flipping through a nursing careers magazine I came across the CCM Recruitment advertisement for contracts in Saudi Arabia. I called CCM and the recruitment officer gave me a complete and thorough overview of what to expect from my Middle Eastern sojourn, including details about the work involved, lifestyle, and cultural changes.

CCM’s continuous assistance with the application, medical, and visa processing enabled the process to be quick and hassle-free. So within three months I was waving goodbye to Oz and embarking on my Big Adventure. Almost three years later (and with no

plans to leave!) I can confidently affirm that my time here in the Middle East has been the most rewarding of my life. Not only are the financial benefits excellent, but career wise I have had opportunities to further my skills extensively by being involved in the health care of patients with rare and advanced diseases and morbidities rarely seen in Western society.

Being a member of a large ex-pat community here in Riyadh has permitted me to meet and mingle with people from all over the world and all walks of life. It isn’t unusual to be at one of the multitude of parties, balls, and functions that are held every weekend and be introduced to twenty different people, all different nationalities, from engineers to doctors, corporate managers to military personnel. Being literally in the ‘middle’, travel to Europe, Asia, and everywhere else from Saudi is easy and accessible. The social scene here is thriving, and I have been fortunate enough to make amazing lasting friends, whom I have travelled with and can share my experience with me. I came to Saudi Arabia knowing no-one and perhaps a little nervous of what lay beyond the horizon, but when I leave will take with me an irreplaceable experience, lasting friendships and a broader and wiser outlook on life and culture. 13



Are you a Registered Nurse looking for a way to both further your career and satisfy your thirst for change and adventure simultaneously? Look no further. Hays Healthcare has just the ticket: a brilliant working holiday experience in the United Kingdom. If you have experience in Theatres: Anaesthetics, Scrub/Scout or Recovery, ICU, CCU, A&E, Paediatrics, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Cardiothoracic, General Medical or General Surgery then we have roles for you. Take your career across the globe and find a country rich with history and culture, with a healthcare industry keen for your talents and eager to further develop you with new experiences and professional enrichment. You could be working in prestigious hospitals and weekending all over Europe. Our recruiting experts and hosts for the morning have years of experience sending enthusiastic Australian Nurses to the UK for both agency and permanent positions. We can offer expert advice and a range of benefits to make your relocation as smooth as possible. During the session we will be covering: UK Registration, ONP Bookings, Visa requirements, job opportunities, mandatory training, our benefits and answer all your questions to ensure you leave feeling completely prepared for your trip of a lifetime. Don’t miss out. Book your place NOW by contacting your local Consultant. Sydney: Tuesday 22nd June 2010. Melbourne: Friday 2nd July 2010. For more information and free information pack please contact: VIC / SA / TAS / NZ / WA Kerrie Smith T: 03 8562 4288 or 0800 001 718 (Free Call NZ) E: NSW / ACT / QLD / NT Maria Mourikis T: 02 8226 9747 E: 15

See the world from the Arabian Gulf An occasional contribution from Chris Kohleis, Recruitment Director of Promesse Hi everyone I’ve often said that working in the Arabian Gulf offers great opportunities to travel but some nurses have asked me why it’s so great. After all, wouldn’t the same apply if you worked in London for example? Both places are a lot closer to attractive holiday destinations in Europe than Australia or New Zealand. There’s a combination of reasons that so many nurses are able to have such great holidays while working in the Arabian Gulf states. The first is that when working in the Gulf you can retain around 80% of your salary after you’ve paid all your day-to-day expenses – there’s no tax and the hospitals provide for free most of your high expense items. You just can’t do that working either at home or in the UK or US. The money you retain is yours to dispose of as you please, to use for travelling, for some special purchases, for saving or any combination. In other words you can splurge out on a fabulous holiday and still have money left over. It’s great to have the funds to spare, but if you can’t get the time off, you still can’t go on that fabulous trip. In the Gulf, you’ll generally have around a hefty 7 weeks of annual leave per year. Also bear in mind that when you’re working, the shifts for most nurses are 12 hours which means you end up working about 7-8 days every fortnight. This means that you can take short breaks of 3-4 days without touching your annual holidays. You have to be sensible though – getting the days off you want obviously depends on your roster so you need to plan in advance. All the same, many of our nurses use this time to take regular short break holidays. I even went to the South of France for a long weekend. Flight times from Gulf locations to the Eastern Mediterranean are about 3-4 hours , Rome 4-5 hours, Paris & London about 7 hours, Nairobi 5 hours and Mumbai 3 hours. And short trips to holiday resorts such as to Jeddah for diving on the Red Sea are often only an hour away . The Gulf is a very competitive travel hub for connecting Europe, Africa and Asia and offers low cost fares and holiday packages in local currencies which are unaffected by exchange rate fluctuations – you are paid in the local currency and buy your travel in this currency. Finally the other interesting thing about working in the Gulf is that you will be working with a highly international workforce with colleagues from across the globe. Many of our nurses have developed life-long friendships with these nurses and joined them on their visits home – there’s nothing like a local to show you around. The breadth of your travel options is huge and where you go is only limited by your imagination. Most people have opportunities to travel like this only very few times in their life so it’s important to make the most of it. Regards and happy travelling


Christine Kohleis RN Recruitment Director Promesse


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Nursing & Midwifery careers in rural and remote Queensland

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Michelle Garner, District Dire ctor of Nursing, Mt Isa Health Service District

“Queensland Health has given me so much support to develop my professional and clinical skills. My family and I have come out here to experience the outback lifestyle. We bought an off-road caravan and are now off seeing the sites of Queensland while our children are young. I recommend rural and remote nursing for any nurse who wants to experience a new adventure! ”

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“I had no idea where I was coming to when I made the move to the Torres Strait. Some parts have been very tough; however, overall it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Added to this is the location, I feel truly lost in paradise! Queensland Health has also given me so much support to develop my professional and clinical skills.

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Exciting new opportunities for true believers in Primary Health Care. Urapuntja Health Service is an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation situated in the Alyawarr region of Central Australia, 280km NE of Alice Springs. We have a population of 1200 people living across 16 small communities. Attractive wages, including flexible salary packaging arrangements, and subsidised accommodation in a beautiful setting, is on offer to reliable resilient individuals who have some time to devote to us. Do you really want to make a difference in remote Aboriginal health? This is your chance to take a crucial role in an organisation whose mission is to maximise indigenous health and has remarkable statistics to prove it. Opportunities to put your ideals into practice exist in this exciting time in health evolution.

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Urapuntja Health Service needs a permanent Registered Nurse with current clinical experience. Acute care medicine and primary health care experience preferred, with proven communication skills and a commitment to primary health care, to work as part of a multi-disciplinary health team in a cross-cultural setting. We encourage Indigenous nurses to apply for this position.

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What’s your Story? What we want! Tell us a touching, inspiring or any lifechanging experiences in your nursing career Share your travel experiences from nursing in exciting locations in Australia and Overseas Send in funny tales from the ward that happened to you, a nurse colleague or a patient you looked after

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Community Article!

Remember to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board As of the 1st of July 2010, all Nurses and Midwives across Australia will have to meet the same requirements to be registered. Following this date, a single registration will be recognised in all States and Territories within Australia. The NMBA has provided an FAQ available to download from their web site which we have reprinted below. More detailed information is available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website (

FAQ: Registration as a Nurse or Midwife 1. Are there one or more registers of nurses and midwives? Under the national scheme, there is a register of nurses, and a separate register of midwives. On the register of nurses there are two divisions: • Registered nurses (Division 1) • Enrolled nurses (Division 2) 2. What endorsements are available in the new scheme for nurses and midwives? There are a number of endorsements available for nurses and midwives in the new scheme. A summary of these endorsements is as follows: • Scheduled medicines: This endorsement identifies practitioners qualified to obtain, supply and administer schedule 2, 3,4 & 8 medicines for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area. • Nurse practitioner: This endorsement is available to registered nurses (Division 1) based on experience in advanced nursing practice in a clinical leadership role in the area of practice in which the registrant practises as a nurse practitioner. • Midwife practitioner: Any midwifery practitioner registered today will transition into the new scheme. 3. I am an enrolled nurse and currently have an endorsement or authority to administer medications. Why don’t I have an endorsement in the new scheme? In the new scheme, you have authority to administer medicine, unless there is a notation on your registration to say that you are not qualified to undertake this practice. 4. I currently have an endorsement for an area of practice. Will that appear on my registration in the new scheme? If you currently have an endorsement for one of the following areas of practice, you will no longer have a specific endorsement in the new scheme: • Maternal and child health nurse • Sexual health nurse • Psychiatric nurse


• Disability nurse • Critical care nurse There is no specific provision for these areas of practice to be recognised in the new scheme. However, you may continue to practise as you have before. 5. I currently have an endorsement or authority to administer immunisation medicines. Will I have an endorsement in the new scheme? You will be able to continue to administer immunisation as you do now in accordance with relevant State and Territory legislation, but there is no specific endorsement for this purpose in the new scheme. 6. I note that there is a requirement for my principal place of practice to appear on the public register. Is this essential? It is a requirement of the National Law that the suburb and postcode of the registrant’s principal place of practice appear on the public register. The principal place of practice is defined as the address from which you predominantly practice the profession, or if not practising, or not practising predominantly from one address, then your home address. For nurses and midwives practising through an agency, it can be the address of the agency. 7. I have conditions on my registration, but they have never before appeared on the public register. Is it essential they appear on the public register under the new scheme? It is a requirement of the National Law that conditions appear on the public register. However, a National Board may decide in the case of a health or impairment condition that there is no overriding public interest in the condition appearing on the public register. Any registrant in this situation should simply write to the National Board to request that a health or impairment condition not be published on the national register.

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Dear colleague, You are invited to attend the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association ACRA 2010. The Meeting will be held at the Rydges Lakeside, Canberra from 12 -14 August 2010. It is the premier event for ACRA in Australia and the Pacific region. The program will provide opportunities to reflect on our past achievements and consider the challenges, ahead, how we can change the face of cardiovascular health and rehabilitation in Australia, and showcase our achievements. We expect to attract upwards of 200 delegates, cardiologists, general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.



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BEFORE SURGERY When a patient undergoes surgery, physiological and psychological stress levels rise significantly. As a result, nutritional needs increase. It is important to prepare a patient ahead of time to meet the increased requirements for nutrients that will occur during and after surgery. Protein status, in particular, affects the body’s ability to heal from surgical wounds, stave off infection and maintain general well being. Providing sufficient energy to deal with the demands of surgery is also of critical concern.


Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) is very common in surgical patients, so it is important to ensure adequate protein intake prior to surgery. In the period following surgery, patients require adequate body protein in tissue and plasma to replace blood loss from surgery and to repair surgical wounds. Protein is also needed to prevent tissue catabolism following surgery.


Adequate energy intake is also an essential part of nutritional care before surgery. Since the body will require extra protein to repair tissue, overall energy requirements must be met by supplying carbohydrates and fats. Protein can then be spared to rebuild tissue.


If a person has any vitamin or mineral deficiency, the deficiency should be corrected before a patient undergoes

surgery. This will ensure that energy is used for healing rather than to compensate for the effects of a nutrient deficiency. For example, if iron deficiency anemia is present or an electrolyte imbalance exists, these nutrients need to be brought to normal levels prior to surgery.


Protein metabolism depends on the presence of hundreds of enzymes that contain zinc. Collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down collagen, is especially important for wound healing. Increasing zinc intakebefore surgery can help the body heal from surgical wounds more efficiently.


During the postoperative period, large amounts of free radicals are released during the inflammatory phase of wound healing. Therefore, antioxidants are of critical importance.Vitamin C is particularly significant because it has both a strong antioxidant effect and a significant role in the processes that repair surgical wounds and prevent them from becoming infected.


In most cases, surgical patients should be instructed to fast for at least eight hours prior to surgery.This is to ensure an empty stomach during surgery so that complications such as aspiration of food do not occur. Food in the stomach may also interfere with the procedure itself.

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4th Biennial Australasian Midwifery Expo in conjunction with the 12th Biennial National Association of Childbirth Educators (QLD Branch) present:


Bump, Birth and Beyond: a road to discovery 20th - 22nd October 2010 Venue Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Conference 2010 Changing Face “Revolutionising the face of Primary Health Care “

Date: 25 – 27th June 2010 Venue: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland

Southern Region Enrolled Nurse Section

TAS Nursing and Health Expo

Meet with Australia’s leading nursing and health organisations at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia Nursing and Health Expo in Hobart, TAS. Australia’s leading nursing and health expo gives you the opportunity to find out about all your options in the world of nursing. Are you a nursing student, a nurse, or someone thinking about nursing? Join us at the expo and find out how we can help you get the most out of your nursing career.

Cost: Gold coin donation (optional) Date: Sunday, 27 June 2010 Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Contact Judy Teavae


Annual National Enrolled Nurse and Nurse Assistant Conference 2010

The Southern Region Enrolled Nurse Section welcomes Enrolled Nurses & Nurse Assistants to attend the Annual NZNO National Enrolled Nurse and Nurse Assistant Conference in Dunedin. We promise you a great conference and a great time. The Conference is a great time to catch up with other Enrolled Nurses and Nurse Assistants around New Zealand.

Date: 30th June - 2nd July 2010 Venue: University of Otago, Dunedin

New South Wales Australian College of Emergency Nursing Contact ACEN Tel: (02) 9629 8688 Fax: (02) ] 9629 8488

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TNCC - Trauma Nursing Core Course

Trauma nursing as a discipline refers to the process and content of all the different roles nurses have in the care of the trauma patient. Knowledge is the core of any discipline. The purpose of TNCC is to present core-level knowledge, refine skills, and build a firm foundation in trauma nursing. This is an internationally recognised program for registered nurses.

ACEN Members: $605.00 Non Members: $660.00 Date: 26-27 June 2010 Venue: Sydney

South Australia Australian College of Emergency Nursing Contact ACEN Tel: (02) 9629 8688 Fax: (02) ] 9629 8488

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Trauma is the leading cause of death in children. However, acute illness is also a source of unnecessary paediatric death. While national attention has recently focused on the standardisation of trauma care, less effort has been made to standardise emergency paediatric care.

ACEN Members: $605.00 Non Members: $660.00 Date: 28/29 August 2010 Venue: Adelaide

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Annual Competencies for Nurses

An all-in-one-day event for nurses to ensure all mandatory competencies are up to date. Covering updates to all the common mandatory occupational competencies this workshop offers you an opportunity to bring your employment essentials into one place, on one day. Our free managed service will also remind you when it’s time to update your competencies each year..

Cost: $$250.00 (incl. GST) Date: 29 June 2010 Venue: Asthma Foundation of SA, 300 South Road, Hilton.



The purpose of this conference is to bring Primary Health Care nurses together and promote collaboration across the Primary Health Care Sector. This conference will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the successes, opportunities, challenges and obstacles that we all face in Primary Health Care

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Meet with Australia’s leading nursing and health organisations at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia Nursing and Health Expo in Perth, WA. Australia’s leading nursing and health expo gives you the opportunity to find out about all your options in the world of nursing.

Contact Department of Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Ph: (08) 9340 1566 | Fax: (08) 9340 1590

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Cost: Gold coin donation (optional) Date: Sunday, 25 July 2010 Venue: Perth Convention Centre

For registered midwives. Topics may include Postpartum haemorrhage, Shoulder dystocia, Cord prolapse, Breech birth, Puerperal infection, Placental Abruption and Cardiac Disease Public Sector Employees: $44.00 Others: $88.00 Date: Monday 21 June 2010 Venue: Agnes Walsh Lounge, KEMH

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Preceptor Study day - The Preceptor Difference

Registered and enrolled nurses to prepare for the role of preceptor to new staff or students. Topics may include but not limited to: Introduction to the role, workplace socialisation and communication, teaching in the workplace, setting objectives, giving constructive feedback and performance evaluation External: $88.00 Date: Tuesdays 29 June 2010 Venue: PMH, Roberts Road, Subiaco

Resuscitation: Paediatric Life Support (Accredited with APLS Aust/NZ)

This course focuses on a systematic approach for the first ten minutes of management of the seriously ill/injured child as per Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia and New Zealand. Internal: $125.00 | External: $200.00 Date: 25 June 2010 Simulation session: 30 June 2010 Venue: Staff Development Centre 6th Floor, Hay Street Building The activities above has been endorsed on behalf of the RCNA according to approved criteria



For health professionals working with childbearing women. Topics may include Mother and Baby Unit, Psychiatric disorders and medications, The impact of sexual abuse, Fear in childbirth, Role of WANDAS, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Substance use in pregnancy and Labour and the chemically dependent woman Public Sector Employees: $16..50 Others: $44.00 Date: Tuesday 22 June 2010 Venue: Lecture Theatre, KEMH The educational activities above has been endorsed by APEC no. 060728303 as authorised by the RCNA according to approved criteria.

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Acute Wound Management

RDNS Staff: In-service External: $110.00 Date: Tuesday 29 June 2010


This one day course has been developed to provide an insight to those with an interest in clinical research and to demystify clinical research by providing an overview of terminology, methodology and approaches. Topics include Clinical Research in Health, How to access Research Funding, Research Design, Basic Statistics, Ethics and Research Governance and Informed Consent Contact Cath Sully (Wed, Thur & Fri) on (03) 8387 2000 or send an email to Melbourne Health: $70.00 | External: $170.00 Date: 9 July 2010 Register By: Friday 25 June 2010 Venue: Seminar Room 1, Fuctions and Convention Centre, Grattan Street, Parkville, 3052

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders: An Introduction

This one day workshop would enable participants to develop a basic understanding and appreciation of Schizophrenia and related disorders in the community, particularly among RDNS’ clients and how to assist the clients with such conditions. Topics may include What are Schizophrenia and related disorders?, Causes and effects of Schizophrenia and related disorders on individuals affected by them, Risks associated with Schizophrenia and related disorders, Contemporary therapeutic interventions and support for individuals affected by Schizophrenia and selected disorders, Community resources for supporting individuals affected by Schizophrenia and related disorders, Role of district nurses in caring for RDNS’ clients with Schizophrenia and related disorders.

RDNS Staff: In-service External: $110.00 Date: Thursday 24 June 2010 Please Note: Attendance at the above courses will attract CNE points as part of the RCNA Life Long Learning Program.

Bariatric Education Day - Management process for the admission & discharge of a Bariatric patient Health care professionals provide care for an increasing number of bariatric patients (previously known as obese or morbidly obese) who require specialised equipment and work practices. The management of bariatric patients has been identified as an occupational health and safety risk for staff and a quality of care issue for patients. This course was developed to meet the ongoing learning needs of the multi-disciplinary team caring for the Bariatric patient. Contact Kevin Finnigan on (03) 9342 7069 or send an email to Melbourne Health: $70.00 | External: $170.00 Date: 5 July 2010 Register By: Friday 25 June 2010 Venue: Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre, Function & Convention Centre, Grattan Street, Parkville, 3052



This one day workshop will provide an opportunity to enhance assessment and management skills related to acute wound management. Topics may include Assessment and management of skin tears, Management of skin grafts, Management of surgical wounds, Use of Topical Negative Pressure and Therapy in wound management.

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2010 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE NURSE: A CELEBRATION 2010 IYNurse, in recognition of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), seeks to recognize the contributions of nurses globally and to engage nurses in the promotion of world health. 2010 is also the Centennial Year of the death of modern nursing’s founder — Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). To celebrate this historic milestone, the 2010 IYNurse is planned as a sustained public awareness initiative to actively involve the world’s nurses — estimated to be more than 15 million — in a celebration of commitment to bring health to their communities worldwide.

UN Millennium Development Goals 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Achieve universal primary education. Promote gender equality and empower women. Reduce child mortality. Improve maternal health. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and all communicable and noncommunicable diseases* 7. Ensure environmental sustainability. 8. Develop a global partnership for development. *2010 IYNurse joins the worldwide call for including this language in MDG #6.


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Latest issue of The Nursing Post: A free nursing magazine containing career and educational opportunities for nurses and healthcare professi...

Nursing Post - Issue 11  

Latest issue of The Nursing Post: A free nursing magazine containing career and educational opportunities for nurses and healthcare professi...