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29 November 2010 - Issue 23

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From the Editor... Welcome to Issue 23! Congratulations to the staff from St Joseph’s Wards at St John of God Hospital. On Monday 6 September 2010, SJOG staff turned blue to help raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. This photo was the second submitted. It was such a good photo I though it would be unfair not to pick them since they had previously won the front cover competition in Issue 19. Well done for winning the competition twice and for your efforts in promoting awareness for a worthy cause. We are holding another competition for our readers and this time the prize is a FREE flight from Virgin Blue. The free flight can be used for any destination in Australia or New Zealand so turn to page 21 for details on how to WIN this great prize. Keep a look out for our last issue (24) for 2010. We will be featuring our second CPD Quiz (presented by Ausmed and Nursing Post) for your chance to earn CPD hours towards your yearly CPD requirements. All you have to do is read an article and complete the quiz that follows. This will be a great opportunity to earn CPD hours for FREE, so don’t forget to read the next issue out on the 13 December.

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Safe Patient Care for NSW NSW public health system nurses and midwives took industrial action On the 24th November to push their 1 Nurse 4 Patients campaign.

The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) committee, along with nurses around Australia is claiming nurse shortages and poor skill mix has hindered the public health system for far too long, risking patient safety. The committee is calling for a major reform of the state’s public healthcare system, through the introduction of mandatory, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services. This will be the first state-wide nurses strike since 2001. General Secretary of the New South Wales Nurses Association, Brett Holmes, says it is a last resort. The question is will it make a difference? Just ask most nurses following a typically busy shift and they will complain of feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction. Several nurses I’ve spoken with this week however, say the strike will make no difference and the action won’t even affect them. ‘We’ve chosen to be nurses, because we want to make a difference, we wouldn’t want levels of care compromised’ This statement although relating to the strike itself sums up the reason things have got so far. Nurses feel they can’t deliver the care they want to. There are some exceptional nurses working in our health facilities across Australia today, but as the workload increases and nurses try to cover a never ending list of tasks, orders, interventions, interactions, interruptions, prioritisation’s and documentations…quality is often the first thing to go amiss. All wards are pushed to maximum with several acutely unwell people who require continuous and careful assessment, frequent interventions, and constant vigilance. ‘Years ago patients would be in ICU, now they’re on the ward, these patents have very complex cases. It’s a constant juggling act’


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Fjordland - a great Arabian short break Hi everyone, When you’re working in the Arabian peninsula whether it be Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar or other countries, the travel opportunities really are fantastic. You have plenty of excess cash, lots of holiday time and there are great travel bargains. (You retain a huge chunk of your salary - about 85% - because there’s no tax and so many large expenses are covered for free.) Among all the travel stories you’d expect, like trips to Paris, Rome, the Greek islands, Kenya, Istanbul, etc, a number of our nurses have been reporting back to us some lesser known spots in the region that they really enjoyed and have gone back to several times. So I thought I’d share two of these locations with you. Fjordland is usually a name associated with Norway or the NZ South Island but it applies equally as well to a region called the Musandam Peninsula in the Gulf. Until relatively recently the area has been quite isolated despite being adjacent to one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and within easy driving

distance of Dubai or Abu Dhabu in the UAE. The peninsula forms the north-east tip of the Arabian peninsula that juts north and almost closes the Arabian Gulf from the Indian Ocean, leaving just a narrow strip of water, the Straits of Hormuz, separating Arabia from Persia (or Iran). What is really remarkable about the Musandam peninsula is the filigree pattern formed by enormous number of bays and inlets that together form a pristine, unspoiled marine environment. Mountainous cliffs drop precipitously into the deep aquamarine fjords and bays while sparse, ancient whitewashed villages cling to the water line. Formerly the setting for the tales of Sinbad, pirate lairs and smugglers’ caves, the area has opened up to eco-tourism. Yachts, pleasure cruisers and dive boats now travel to the area regularly from Dubai and other UAE ports for dolphin watching diving and swimming in totally secluded spots. Some smuggling across to Iran still does occur with super fast speedboats setting out from Musandam to ply their trade and return. Actually the Musandam peninsula is part of Oman despite being separated from the main body of Oman by a strip of UAE territory. Our nurses have taken enjoyable short breaks on their days off to the Musandaman various charter boats . Some other really memorable Arabian short breaks are to the Farasan Islands in the Red Sea, a marine park frequented by Jacques Cousteau, to Madain Salah in north west Saudi for the 2000 year old massive rock temples of the Nabateans and to the ancient towns, beaches and boltholes of Oman, to list just a few. Of course you can always pop over to Paris for the weekend. Working in Arabia can offer a lot if you go the right places – career progression due to fast expansion of hospitals, educational opportunities, great clinical experience, a top social life and fabulous travel. It’s also nice to know that you can also skip off to some quiet, magical spot for a short break when you feel like it. Best regards

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• ergonomics training (i.e. proper lifting techniques) • use of mechanical devices, such as patient lifts, to decrease workload • use of patient lift/transport teams • redefining and redesigning roles for older workers • improving lighting on units • wellness programs for all staff • stress reduction training for all staff • flexible benefits • elimination of overtime/floating for older nurses • phased or flexible retirement options • knowledge transfer It is unlikely that any organization will be able to implement all of these suggestions, but implementing even a few may persuade mature staff members to stay in the profession longer. Knowledge transfer is a particularly valuable concept, as mature nurses have a wealth of information and knowledge to share with their younger colleagues.

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Comfort levels with using spirituality as a tool in healing vary from nurse to nurse; although we may agree that spirituality is an important part of providing nursing care, some may be less comfortable with outward manifestations of spirituality, such as praying with patients. Spirituality does not necessarily equate to being religious; spirituality can mean different things to different people. Nurses should not feel compelled to involve themselves in situations in which they do not feel comfortable, but should do what they can to help their patients in their spiritual quests. Regardless of our personal belief system, patients often need to engage in spiritual practices, which may include prayer, reading the bible, attending church or faith gatherings and other activities allowing them to express their

feelings and beliefs. During times of illness, some patients rely heavily on their faith to bolster their spirit, while others turn their backs on beliefs that they have held their entire lives. In both situations, patients may be in need of spiritual counselling. As nurses, part of our job is to recognize the spiritual needs of our patients and provide them with a means to meet these needs. This may include praying with a patient if asked, arranging for a priest, minister or other spiritual guide to visit the patient or arranging for a patient to attend church or other activities as desired by the patient. Whatever our personal beliefs, spirituality is of utmost importance to some, even when their health is threatened (or sometimes because of it). We must not forget, in a time of staff shortages, mandatory overtime and job stress, that the simplest gestures can mean the most to people and can provide them with comfort, hope and strength, an integral, yet often invisible part of our daily practice.

Continued Professional Development provided by AusmedOnline Comment on this clinical article at: Source: O’Brien, M. (2008). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground. Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA. 3rd Edition.


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