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23 August 2010 - Issue 16

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From the Editor... Welcome to Issue 16!

The winner of this issues cover competition was from an article we printed last year. The photo was submitted by the nurses at East Ward of Westmead Private Hospital. The photo was taken to celebrate the retirement of Elaine (far left on the picture) after 50 years of nursing. Elaine has many fond memories of nursing “too many to choose from” she says. One of the funniest things she recalls is as a young student nurse. “I was told by my tutor when I go into a male ward to take a spoon. I didn’t know what she meant but I soon learnt.” Look for upcoming issues of the Nursing Post when we partner with AusmedOnline and Ausmed Conferences to bring you an exciting and unique opportunity to earn Continuing Professional Development hours. Ausmed will be providing a short article followed by a quiz (visit Ausmed for answers) and by completing the quiz you will earn CPD hours as part of your planned learning activities (provided it is relevant to your context of practice). Under the new proposal by the NMBA, all nurses and midwives are required to participate in 20 hours of CPD annually and will be audited to ensure compliance (turn to page 24 to find out more about CPD). The Nursing post and Ausmed will be featuring several of these quizzes allowing readers to partially fulfil their mandatory CPD requirements. So keep a look out for future editions when we announce when the articles and quizzes are featured. And remember to sign up for our newsletter to be in the draw to win $500. Take care and hope you enjoy this issue ABN: 28 105 044 282 PO BOX 6213, East Perth, WA, 6892 Ph: +(618) 9325 3917 | Fax: +(618) 9325 4037 E: W: Next Publication Details: Issue 17: 6 Sept 2010 Material Deadline: 30 Aug 2010 Editor: Kelvin Chong Printed by Westcare Pty Ltd For media-kits, deadlines or advertising queries, please contact Manish Shah


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Talk careers with Saudi Arabia’s leading hospital group King Abdulaziz Medical Cities (KAMC) hospital group is renowned for the world-class healthcare it delivers to the people of Saudi Arabia. With a major expansion program creating many key positions to be filled, a senior human resources team from KAMC will join Promesse during September for presentations and candidate interviews in major cities across Australia and New Zealand.

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Nursing Opportunities in Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Medical Cities, Saudi Arabia coming to Australia & New Zealand in September

Advance your career and work for internationally recognized ultra modern health care facilities that use advanced systems and the latest technology in the health care industry. Nursing at The King Abdulaziz Medical Cities (KAMC) is rewarding, challenging and dynamic. Join highly skilled and experienced nurses from a variety of countries around the world that make up the International Nursing teams in KAMC hospitals located in Dammam and Al Ahsa. Opportunities exist for nurses, senior nurses and managers in all specialties.

Benefits Include: • Salary paid tax free • Inflation Allowance: Additional 15% of your basic monthly salary • Free furnished accommodation and utilities • Free medical care • Free midyear flight to London • 50+ days annual leave • Career advancement • Further education • Endless travel opportunities • Severance pay

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Welcome to Your World – a young, vibrant organisation with a modern style and a reputation for recruitment excellence. Whether you’re a candidate looking for your next career move, or an employer seeking the best talent, we’re confident we can help you achieve your goals. With offices in the UK, Dubai, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, we are well placed to migrate people with key in-demand skills across entire continents. Friendly, reliable and knowledgeable, we’ll work closely with you to understand your needs and build long lasting and fruitful working relationships built on trust, efficiency, honesty and the highest possible standards of customer service.

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Always recruiting new talent

If you’d like to be part of our dedicated nursing team, gain valuable experience and reward for your hard work we’d love to hear from you.

Nurses…earn up to $55ph! Various casual shifts available across reputable facilities all over Sydney

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ACES is looking for Registered Nurses with Quali�ications or experience in: - Critical Care Units - Psychiatry - General Medical and Surgical Nursing

As Perth’s preferred Nursing Recruitment agency, we endeavour to provide the information and support needed to make your introduction to living and working in Perth as comfortable as possible.

Established for 10 years and managed by WA nurses, ACES is proud to have nurses that have been with us since we commenced in 2000. It is the Lifestyle choice of many nurses to �it in with their family values and that re�lects in their performances. Weekly pay at great rates with a unique system of maximising your income and a safety net that can cater for holidays and sick leave provisions.

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Delivering a Healthy WA

The pay is terrible, but the rewards are indescribable! Volunteer to serve onboard the hospital ship Africa Mercy and your life will never be the same.

What We Do - Marthlyn’s Story Marthlyn Smith arrived with thousands of others at a screening day organised by Mercy Ships at the capital of Liberia, Monrovia. Her upper lip and part of her nose were missing as a result of a flesh eating bacterium called Noma. In a three step operation, surgeon Gary Parker restored her face to near normal appearance.

Step 1: Part of Marthlyn’s chin and bottom lip was sewn into the cavity under her nose and her tongue was sewn into the top of her mouth to create a new palate. Step 2: Her new upper lip was separated from the bottom lip and the bottom half of her tongue was cut away leaving her with a new palate

Step 3: Dr Parker tidied up his work

Marthlyn 6 months later

The saddest fact about healthcare in West Africa is that the medical conditions suffered there are relatively inexpensive to correct, but help is difficult to get. On board our Mercy Ship, volunteer doctors and nurses provide free medical care to the poorest of the poor, bringing renewed joy to thousands of patients each year. Mercy Ships currently has volunteer positions available for Ward and OR Nurses to circulate and scrub for our Field Service in Sierra Leone in 2011. Volunteer. Help us bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor by joining us for as little as 2 weeks, or two years!

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CALLING ALL ADVENTUROUS NURSES THE UK IS WAITING FOR YOU Looking for a way to simultaneously boost your career potential and give yourself the holiday experience of a lifetime? Look no further than the UK. The UK has been the most popular working holiday location for Australians for years and there’s little on its doorstep and an abundance of history and culture to boot! Could you see yourself; spending a long weekend on a beach in Spain? Popping on a train for a quick shopping trip to France? Catching a comedy gig and some castle gazing in Edinburgh or cheering along with the most passionate football fans in the world at Stamford Bridge Stadium? Hays Healthcare can make your dreams a reality. As the largest specialist recruitment agency in the UK we have found a great demand for enthusiastic and experienced Australian Nurses. 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. Our roles are located around the country from central London, to Manchester and Leeds in the North to Oxford and Southampton in the South, even Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands and beautiful Finding permanent or agency work with us means that you can benefit from our great range of extras. We mandatory training and assistance organising your ONP, UK Bank Account and National Insurance number, as well as personalised customer service throughout the relocation process. refer a friend (please enquire for eligibility).

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Life’s less complicated in Arabia. Hi everyone, One of the questions I am most often asked is what it is really like to live and work in the Gulf States such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia or Qatar. While I could go on about a host of practical issues like the cost of living, social etiquette, business opening times, etc, I think that really doesn’t answer the question. Upon reflection, the overriding sense that I experienced when I worked in Saudi Arabia - and many of our candidates have reported the same feeling - is one of life being essentially uncomplicated and simple. This stems from the fact that, (if you go to the right hospitals), most of the day-to-day things you need to worry about back home are taken care of for you by the hospital. For example, fully furnished accommodation is provided so you don’t have to worry about rents, bonds, difficult landlords etc. Also, if anything breaks down in your accommodation the maintenance department will fix or replace it for you. Utilities, medical care and often medications are provided free. Uniforms are provided and can be laundered for you. Many nurses also hire house cleaners to do the housework and drivers to take them around. These types of services are really very inexpensive and you’re actually helping out some of the more lowly paid workers. You don’t spend hours commuting to work and you have plenty of time off. Apart from these things, there is a prevailing sense of calm, particularly in Saudi Arabia where the locals are extremely polite and hospitable. That’s not to say there aren’t some annoyances such as young hoons driving too fast, but overall there is a very enticing serenity. All of this means that you are freed from most of the irritating chores that seem to take up so much time back home. You can concentrate on the more enjoyable aspects of life - catch up with friends out

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at restaurants, or have people over for dinner to try out your latest culinary extravaganza. Many people use their ample free time to take up a hobby very seriously whether it be art, photography, salsa dancing or triathlon training. Also it’s a great place to study because of the free time, good educational support from the hospital and lack of distractions. The other great pastime for our candidates is planning their holidays. With so much disposable income, (because you get to retain 80-85% of your salary to spend as you please), bags of holidays and colleagues and friends from across the globe, you can do some really memorable travelling. Of course, all this can be severely curtailed if you’ve got problems at work or your accommodation is below par. That’s where Promesse comes in – we pride ourselves on finding you a position well suited to your skills and experience so that you can excel at work and where the accommodation and benefits are first rate so you can be comfortable and relaxed in your new home. All in all, it can be a very pleasant uncomplicated lifestyle where you have the means and opportunity to fulfil your dreams. Our nurses who have had the best time are those who have grasped the opportunities with both hands to have an experience of a lifetime. Regards

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Jurrugk Aboriginal Health Service Vacancy – Remote Area Registered Nurse The Jurrugk Aboriginal Health Service is a dynamic Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in the magnificent Kimberley region of Western Australia. Jurrugk Health Service provides primary health care to its communities with support from the Derby Aboriginal Health Service and RFDS. We are looking for an experienced Remote Area Nurse, who has a strong interest in remote area nursing to join a team that includes GP’s, Aboriginal Health Workers, and nurses. The position is at Kupungarri Community (Mt Barnett) which is roughly 300km east of Derby. The clinic is a newly renovated building consisting of an office, large consulting rooms and treatment room. You need to be registered in WA, and have an interest in Aboriginal primary health care.


• Midwifery Certificate • Remote Area Experience / Emergency skill • Immunization Certificate • Previous employment with an Aboriginal Controlled Health Service • Completion of an accredited four-wheel driving course or demonstrated experience in four-wheel driving

An excellent package is offered and includes a subsidised fully furnished house, 5 weeks Annual Leave, Annual Leave fare and Salary Packaging and professional development opportunities.

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What Does It Mean?


PD is the acronym for Continued Professional Development. Most states and territories in Australia are now part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, introduced on July 1st, 2010.

“One of the changes proposed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) will be the requirement that all nurses and midwives are required to participate in 20 hours of CPD on an annual basis and annual auditing will be conducted to ensure compliance.”1 However, this number may fluctuate depending on an individuals qualifications and endorsements. It is recommended that nurses and midwives confirm their specific CPD requirement so as to competently meet their learning obligations. The CPD Registration Standard on the NMBA web site states that: “One hour of active learning will equal one hour of CPD”2. The Board also outlines that “The CPD must be relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice”.

There are a variety of ways one can complete their learning obligations. Below, you will find a short, but in no way exhaustive list of potential examples of active learning:

1. Attending seminars or conferences. 2. Reading textbooks or journals. 3. Conducting or contributing to research. 4. Undertaking relevant online education. 5. Reflecting on feedback, ‘journaling’ and self-evaluation. 6. Working with a mentor to improve practice. Look out for upcoming issues of the Nursing Post as AusmedOnline and Ausmed Conferences provides a short article followed by a quiz (visit Ausmed for answers). By completing this feature you will earn CPD time as part of your planned learning activities (provided it is relevant to your context of practice).

Continued Professional Development provided by AusmedOnline 1) Nurses Board of Victoria, ‘Continued Professional Development (CPD)’, Retrieved on June 21st 2010 from Nurses Board of Victoria website: <>. 2) Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, ‘Nursing and Midwifery Continuing Professional Development Registration Standards’, Retrieved on August 16th 2010 from Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website: <http://www. h99u%2b6alcA%3d%3d>.


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The symposium organising committee cordially invites you to join us in the 2010 Queensland Statewide Trauma Symposium. The 2010 event will run over two days with the first day dedicated to pre-symposium workshops (limited places available), free papers and disaster response and the second day to trauma management and care. The Trauma Symposium is being promoted throughout Queensland to metropolitan and regional emergency physicians, surgeons, intensivists, nurses, paramedics, anaesthetists and others who work in the field of trauma. We are expecting more than 250 delegates. The sessions will be a combination of presentations and panel discussions of real situations that confront those who care for the trauma patient. Discussions will examine each phase of patient care from multidisciplinary and system perspectives and opportunity will be given for questions about various areas of interest explored during the two-day event. 28

About the conference

This conference is for all health workers who care for people with cancer or who are involved in the prevention, early detection of cancer and cancer screening. The conference attracts both specialist cancer nurses and nurses who care for people with cancer in hospitals and communities across Queensland. Although the conference is an initiative of the Oncology Nurses Group, the program is very relevant to all health professionals, highlighting the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in cancer care.

Conference sessions

The 33rd Annual Oncology Nurses Group Conference will feature an exciting educational program relevant to everyday clinical practice in regional and metropolitan settings including current trends in prevention and screening, diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial care, research and health education. It is specially designed for:

• Nurses with an interest in cancer care • Allied health professionals working in cancer care • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers working in cancer care


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Why Aren’t More Men Entering Nursing? A

t the present time, many countries are in the midst of recession, with resultant high unemployment rates. At the same time, there is a critical worldwide shortage of nurses. Putting these two facts together, you might think that more men would choose to enter the nursing profession, given that jobs in many sectors are scarce and there is a shortage of nurses. Although the percentage of men in nursing has slowly increased over the past decade, men are still by far the minority in nursing. Estimates of the number of men in nursing range from 5 to 9% among most developed countries. Why is this? Some reasons cited are the image of nursing and gender bias.

The Perceived Image of Nursing as “Woman’s Work” Female nurses have been fighting this image for decades. It is even worse for men, who are often questioned when they voice a desire to enter nursing school, as if nursing is somehow beneath them and


their sexuality is suspect when they choose nursing as a career. Male nurses report that their male family members and peers are often unsupportive of their decision to enter nursing school.

Gender Bias

Male nurses are more likely to leave the profession of nursing than their female counterparts. This can be partially attributed to poorer acceptance of men by their female patients. Male student nurses also report less perceived support from their nursing instructors in areas of practice where male nurses seem to be less accepted, such as gynaecology and obstetrics. Whether this is a real phenomenon or imagined, we need to work on altering and enhancing the experience of men not only in nursing school but on the job. The current nursing shortage could be largely mitigated if more men were inspired to enter the profession, yet the seemingly unalterable image of nursing as a female-only career dissuades many from joining a profession that desperately needs them.

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Welcome to the 4th Midwifery Expo and 12th National Association of Childbirth Educators (NACE) Biennial Conference. ‘Bump, birth & beyond – a road to discovery’ will be a two and a half day journey with exciting and prestigious speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Keynote presenters will engage you on topics and research ranging from preconception to childbirth, including breastfeeding, parenting and program development for diverse populations.

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