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The Career and Education magazine for Nurses and Health Professionals

WINNER of our $500 Gift Card Announced! (turn to page 22 to see who won!)

4 October 2010 - Issue 19

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We are seeking nurses from all specialities for vacancies in various Public and Private metropolitan hospitals. Currently there are many positions available in both Brisbane & Sydney.

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Darwin, Perth & Melbourne

Numerous vacancies in Royal Darwin and Darwin Private hospitals and various positions available for Nurses in Perth and Melbourne Metro Hospitals.

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From the Editor... Welcome to Issue 19! This issue’s front cover competition winner was submitted from the staff at St John of God Hospital Murdoch when they turned blue on Monday 6 September to help raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. Joining in the theme promoted by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, caregivers around the hospital wore blue and enjoyed a BBQ lunch with gold coin donations collected to support prostate cancer awareness. The photo shows the staff from St Joseph’s Wards sporting blue attire in their bit to spread the word. Congratulations ladies for participating and for taking such a great photo! The Coles Group and Myer $500 Shopping Spree competition has finally come to an end. We received a lot of entries and would like to thank everyone that entered the competition. We have picked one lucky winner from the various entries, so turn to page 22 to find out if you’ve won! I must also clarify an error regarding the front cover competition winners for Issue 16 and 17. In the last editorial, I had mistakenly attributed Annie Piper for the photo that won in Issue 17 when really it was Issue 16 that Annie won, while Kiran Deep was the actual winner for Issue 17. Apologies to both readers for my blunder. Gee, I hope I got the ward right for the winners in this issue. Otherwise I’ll be using the editorials space just for apologies...

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The Diabetes Educator provides expert diabetes education, support and clinical care to patients and their families. The Diabetes Educator communicates directly with the patients and their families providing relevant information regarding patient treatment and future care. As part of the Chronic Disease unit, you will act in a training capacity, organising and delivering educational programs to other health professionals in the organisation. The role also has QC and QA functions for point of care testing and additionally you will collaborate with the Health Promotion Unit to develop materials and participate in community events to increase Diabetes education.

An attractive remuneration will be offered to the right candidate. Employment benefits include salary sacrificing options and six weeks annual leave. A level of relocation assistance also may be provided All applicants must have a current drivers licence and be willing to undergo a Police Check.

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• Be a Registered Nurse with a Northern Territory practising certificate • Be a credentialed Diabetes Educator with ADEA • Have a minimum of three years clinical experience • Have the ability to train and mentor clinical staff • Have high level oral and written communication skills • Preferably have some awareness of Aboriginal culture or experience in working in the Aboriginal community


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Nurse Practitioner (Chronic Disease – Diabetes) Chronic Disease Team, Mackay Base Hospital, Mackay Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $115 472 p.a., comprising salary between $98 740 $101 206 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (Nurse Grade 8) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) JAR: H10MK09348. Duties/Abilities: Function autonomously as an expert practitioner, including independent specialist clinical decision making, in order to assess and deliver care to clients of the Chronic Disease Team within a specific scope of practice as defined by Health Management Protocols.

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histleblowing can be defined as any attempt to report an issue or wrongdoing within or outside an organization in order to bring about a necessary change to protect an individual or group of individuals. Within the profession of nursing, whistleblowing is “the action taken by a nurse who goes outside the organization for the public’s best interest when it is unresponsive to reporting the danger through the organization’s proper channels” (Lachman, 2008). Incident reports and verbal reporting to supervisors are examples of whistleblowing. Sometimes these common methods of whistleblowing are not adequate; in other words, the problem reported is not addressed in a manner that satisfies or appeases the whistleblower. When an incident occurs that the whistleblower feels exposes patients or others to danger and is not dealt with appropriately, the whistleblower may take the problem further by informing someone higher up the chain of command or perhaps outside the organization. When this occurs, the whistleblower exposes themselves to several possible consequences, some of them unpleasant. Generally, whistleblowers who go beyond voicing a concern verbally or in writing to their immediate supervisors feel that they have no choice- a danger is clearly present and must be removed or resolved.

In these situations, whistleblowers are themselves at risk, as they may lose their jobs or face censure from colleagues or coworkers. It takes great courage to follow this course of action, and a certainty of the facts as well as hard proof is necessary. There are usually laws to protect whistleblowers from being punished if they reveal a truth that others would rather remain hidden. Providing there is no malicious intent to harm the reputation or standing of the organization, whistleblowers are usually entitled to some protection. Before deciding on such a course of action, the whistleblower may wish to review the laws or statutes that govern whistleblowing in the state or country in which they practice. Nurses have an ethical obligation to report wrongdoing that endangers patients or workers. They may have not only an ethical obligation, but also a professional obligation under the licensing body of the area where they practice. When contemplating such an action, nurses may wish to consult their licensing body as to their best course of action. While never an appealing option, whistleblowing has in the past been viewed as the only option possible in some situations. Whenever possible, whistleblowers should attempt to resolve conflicts by following organizational policy up until or up to the point that nothing further can or will be done.

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The National Enrolled Nurse Association (NENA) will hold their 9th National Conference ‘Moving Mountains’ at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, October 18 & 19, this year.

Hobart August 15th 1995 was, and still is, considered by many to be the “birthplace” of NENA. This is where so many nurses came together and agreed strongly that NENA should be the voice for our level of nurse. It was then that we set ourselves the challenge of changing the way we were perceived. From those early days, we gained the respect of many in the wider nursing community who still continue to ask for, and value, the input from us. For many of us that passion and commitment is still as strong and relevant today, which is why we would love to see you there. We feel that each of you has something important to add to our profession and you may very well meet

The 15years have provided so many opportunities to highlight the value of our level of nurse at a local level and at a national one. We have challenged traditions at times and we have achieved so many rewards, so you could say that NENA and the Enrolled nursing community have “moved mountains”. We still have challenges to overcome and a very effective way to face those challenges, is by keeping the association between us all strong. The health arena is an ever evolving one & in co-operation with nursing leaders of Australia, we can effect change!! So we wonder, how many of you will dust off the old satchels, reminisce about all those great friendships that were formed in Hobart and come and join us again. We also wonder how many of you will come and participate to keep the passion of NENA strong and ensure that in the future we will effect change. Plus there is boot scoot’n to BOOT! For further details, visit conference or phone the Conference Organisers on 03 5913 1092

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The executive of NENA invites all enrolled nurses to “come back to Hobart ” with them. For some, it will be the first time at this important forum for enrolled nurses and for others, it may well be a trip down memory lane.

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November 25 and 26 2010


Simulation and Beyond Creative teaching approaches for improving patient safety.


Patients requiring critical care are a vulnerable population in terms of medication errors. Critical care patients are the sickest patients in the hospital, requiring intensive nursing care and frequent medications and therapies. Furthermore, their therapy is subject to frequent changes, especially in terms of medications.

What risk factors are cited as being frequent causes of medication errors in critical care? Risk factors can be divided into categories based on contributing factors, as found in Camire et al (2009): • Patients- Critical care patients are often at the extremes of age, often require mechanical ventilation or sedation, are severely and acutely ill and are subject to frequent medication changes. • Providers- may be sleep deprived, working overtime, inexperienced in critical care and may lack knowledge in regards to the medications they administer. • Medications- medications used in critical care may have a high propensity to cause harm and are often given in parenteral form, including cardiovascular drugs,

antibiotics, anticoagulants, sedatives and analgesic medications. • Critical Care Environment- patients in the CCU or ICU typically receive numerous medications that are constantly being changed in regards to types of medications and dosages. Care is fast-paced and urgent, often “life or death”. Patient conditions may change quickly, requiring the addition of new therapies and drug regimens. New and novel treatments are often used and the environment of critical care units is often chaotic. • Organization- Critical care units are subject to stress from organizational problems, such as inexperienced staff, lack of staff, high nurse-to-patient ratios, frequent personnel changes and frequent turnover of care. Working conditions can be stressful and supervision may be lacking. All of the factors cited have been implicated as possible contributing factors to medication errors in the critical care setting. In identifying the most common causes of medication errors in this environment, steps can be designed to prevent these errors from occurring, reducing morbidity and mortality.

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Islands of Ageing

Building bridges for people, policy and practice

43rd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology 17th – 19th November 2010 Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) is hosting its 43rd National Conference in Hobart, Tasmania from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th November 2010. In keeping with the location, the conference theme will be ‘Islands of Ageing: Building bridges for people, policy and practice.’ The conference is particularly looking for papers that examine the challenges of disconnection that occur not only through the individual ageing process, and for older people as a group within the community, but also between researchers, practitioners and policy makers, national state and local bureaucracies, and professions from different disciplinary backgrounds involved in the care and support of older people.


This will be a conference with a positive focus on examining ways for making connections and building bridges and will provide opportunities for presenters from every sector: older people, researchers, practitioners, bureaucrats and policy makers.

Directing Policy to Action:

the role of evidence-based clinical leadership in improving health and aged care. Coming soon to Palace Nova Cinema Complex

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2010 National Australian Conference on Evidence-based Clinical Leadership

Annual, one-day sexual health update for nurses and midwives.

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formerly known as the Gynaecology Nursing Update

Sexual & Reproductive Health Nursing Update 27 October 2010 • 9am-3.30pm This year’s program includes • Law and ethics • Osteoporosis

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What our participants said about last year: “One of the best days ever…” “Thank you for a very professional education day which validates our work in Gynaecology Nursing and Women’s Health.” “Excellent presenters, valuable updated info.” “Great topics that were all well presented by wonderful women with so much knowledge to share. Every subject was informative.” “Excellent. I will be back.”

This update has been endorsed by APEC number 060310255 as authorised by Royal College of Nursing, Australia according to approved criteria. Attendance attracts 6 RCNA CNE points as part of RCNA’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP).


For more information Professional Education Unit Sophia Constantinou Course Coordinator Tel: 02 8752 4328 02 8752 4377 Fax: 02 8752 4392 E:

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. 39

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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.

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Harbouring Des ires

Australasian 2010

Sexual Health


Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 October

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

The conference will be held back-to-back with the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2010 (22nd Annual ASHM Conference) 20 – 22 October 2010 40

Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2010

22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine Sydney, 20-22 October 2010

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Please mark the dates in your diary and share this information with colleagues For further information please contact: Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2010 Locked Mail Bag 5057, Darlinghurst NSW 1300 Australia Phone:+ +61 61 2 8204 0770 Fax: +61 2 9212 4670 Web: 41

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experts on the gulf

ArabiaÕ sÊ wondersÊ Ê neverÊ ceaseÊ toÊ delight

Most people think of Arabia as an arid region of desert and mountain and indeed, much of it is. But there are also many perfect counterpoints to delight the senses, like this fertile little valley. Because Promesse specialises exclusively in placements to the Arabian Gulf, we know where to find them - just as we know what to find at particular hospitals. Many provide the opportunity for you to develop your caree, through topnotch training courses that are usually either free or heavily 44 subsidised. You can also gain direct experience

of clinical conditions more common there than at home - valuable expertise when they do occur at home.The right hospitals are highly focussed on continuing education and on career development. We are best equipped to give you the expert advice you’ll need to make the most of the opportunities on offer - see the examples across the page. We really know what we’re talking about - and we’re free and friendly, so if you want the experience of a lifetime, call Christine Kohleis RN or Judit Barta for a chat.


This picturesque little village can be found in the south-east of the Gulf region.

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Working abroad means you will be able to immerse yourself in the UK’s culture whilst expanding your professional skills as a Registered Nurse. You can customise your international experience to suit either the hustle and bustle of London city or the charming English countryside. With Hays, you will have an Australian and UK based consultant available to you who will give you extensive advice concerning visas and immunisations. We offer a variety of benefits including £500 to locum workers to contribute towards registration and relocation expenses, however speak to your consultant regarding eligibility. Hays will further support you in the form of your free police checks, 28 days paid holiday leave, in addition to the organisation of your UK bank account, National Insurance Number and your Overseas Nursing Program (ONP) booking. Whether you are after the stability of a permanent position or the flexibility of agency work, Hays will collaborate with you to find the right role.

Exclusive partnership with prestigious hospital West London, from £20,710 to £33,436 + benefits, dependent upon experience We are working in partnership with Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK and one the biggest in Europe, located in the prestigious regions of Chelsea in West London. We are sourcing RNs specialising in Scrubs, Paediatrics and Cardiothoracic. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with leading cardio respiratory experts. Furthermore, your career will benefit from world class training and professional development. These fantastic vacancies are offering job security, unparalleled career progression, competitive salaries and extensive bonuses. Commencing immediately, the roles are in high demand, with interviews promptly orgainsed for all relevant candidates.

Meticulous Scrub/Theatre Nurse Rural Lancashire, to £32,000 + benefits, dependent upon experience Our client is an independent, private hospital set within stunning surrounds and only 45 minutes from Manchester. You will be a technically skilled RN, able to demonstrate competence across a variety of elective surgeries. As a valued member of the surgical team, you will assist in the preparation of operating sessions, greeting patients whilst ensuring they are fully informed about all procedures. The role will demand organisation, efficiency, empathy, courtesy and strong customer relations. Promotion potential is high with encouragement to continue education and tuition. Contact your local consultant to discuss the above amongst other UK based opportunities NSW / WA Patrycia Lowicki T: 03 8562 4288 E: VIC / SA / TAS / NZ Kerrie Smith T: 03 8562 4288 or 0800 001 718 (Free Call NZ) E: QLD / NT Rose Holden T: 07 3243 3023 E:

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