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“ Work and Study in WA ”

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13 June 2011 - Issue 11

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Can’t get away to do your Continuing Professional Development training?

Apply to the Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme for someone to fill in for you while you are away... The Australian Government has established the Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) to support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural and regional Australia to get away to do the professional development training they need to continue their vital work. NAHRLS will find you and your workplace a suitable locum for the period you are away. The scheme supports all locum recruitment, travel and accommodation costs. Applications for this scheme will be accepted four times a year. First round applications are now open and you can apply online.

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Bupa Health Dialog is part of Bupa. Bupa is a trusted healthcare provider, covering over three million Australians through the private health insurance brands HBA, MBF and Mutual Community. Bupa Australia Health Pty Ltd ABN 50 003 098 655

From the Editor... Welcome to Issue 11 We have been profiling states across Australia in the past and in this issue we focus our “Working & Studying” series in Western Australia. Learn more about the exciting Fiona Stanley Hospital project developing now in Perth (page 22). Look up all the hospitals and university courses with our Hospital and University Directories we have compiled to get your career going in Western Australia. Need a bit more convincing? Then turn to page 26 to be persuaded by 5 very good reasons why Western Australia is the place to work and play. A big congratulations goes to Duncan Apelt with a wonderful photograph submission for this issue’s Front Cover Competition (pg 42 for

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Here we are in Western Australia! Turn to page 20 to discover what W.A has to offer you.

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“The team is from the Intensive Care Unit at the John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast. We are owned by Ramsay Health Care and are a specialist 12 bed Cardio Thoracic Unit. The team here is professional, fun loving and progressive and the Post is well received every publication,” stated Mr Apelt. Thanks Duncan, and congratulations once again. And finally, we hope you enjoy this issue we’ve compiled. Happy reading everyone.

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Nurse Unit Manager International Health & Medical Services (IHMS) is the leading provider of healthcare facilities management & complementary healthcare services and is part of the global company, International SOS. Our business provides medical services to people in immigration detention throughout Australia. As the Nurse Unit Manager you will be required to develop, maintain and enhance relationships with our client and other regional stakeholders. Working closely with the Director of Nursing and Operations Manager you will be responsible for regional programme of continuous quality improvement and quality assurance. We are looking for someone who has previous leadership and management experience, an Australian Nursing registration and health management experience in a large multi faceted business. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of quality assurance including ability to identify and rectify problems and prevent non-conformities will be highly regarded. Good communication, negotiation and analytical skills will see you succeed in this role. A working knowledge and understanding of Occupational Health and Safety issues and previous responsibilities including complying with the relevant Act and Regulations whilst successfully managing staff would be ideal. In return you will be offered an attractive remuneration package, professional working conditions and the opportunity for career development within our international organisation. Please contact Shida Khani on 02 9372 2323 or alternatively email your resume to


WA Country Health Service Nursing Opportunities of a Lifetime Are you looking for a chance to travel, experience adventure and work in rural and remote Western Australia? A WA Country Health Service rotational nursing/midwifery program could be for you. There are three programs catering for varying levels of nursing and midwifery, ranging from Registered Nurse 1.2 and Registered Nurse or Midwife 1.3–1.9. Our rotational programs offer the opportunity to travel, experience rural and remote Western Australia and broaden your professional skills in: aged care emergency high dependency medical mental health

operating theatre paediatrics palliative care remote health surgical.

Travel, costs and accommodation are arranged for all rotational programs. WA Country Health Service provides: an attractive salary package with superannuation, subsidised accommodation and excellent professional and leave entitlements.

To find out more about the opportunities available call 08 9222 6497 or 0429 419 360, or visit


Attention Nurses Have you considered working for a nursing agency?

Nursecare Personnel is Tasmania’s own nursing agency owned and managed by Tasmanian nurses. Nursecare Personnel offers RNs, ENs (M.E.) & Carers (Cert. 3 or 4): • All shifts, statewide • Above award (casual) rates and bonuses • CPD opportunities • Respect and appreciation Lots of it!!

So if you’re thinking of branching out, call Libby and her team today on 1800 240 988 to explore the possibilities.


Calling all Nurses and Midwives Careers with Queensland Health

Clinical Nurse Operating Theatres, Mount Isa Hospital, Mount Isa Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $90 628 p.a., comprising salary between $74 148 $79 431 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%), plus eligible staff entitled to full Remote Area Nursing Incentive Pacakge including professional development leave, annual bonus and airfares, staff can negotiate staff accommodation when available or rental assistance of $82.50 per week for up to 17 months, conditions apply. (Nurse Grade 6) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) JAR: H11MI05593. Duties/Abilities: Provide clinical expertise, support and education to nursing staff within the Operating Theatres to ensure the provision of best practice and quality patient care.

We are seeking Registered Nurses and Midwives who hold current registration with AHPRA. We have current vacancies in the areas of Medical, General, Maternity, Surgical Oncology, ICU, and Orthopaedics. Registered Nurses for all areas of Nursing are welcome to apply. To apply please email your resume, cover letter and supporting documents to Kate at Current registration is mandatory for all positions. Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Enquiries: Anna Hinz (07) 4744 4456. Application Kit: (07) 4750 6773 or Closing Date: Monday, 27 June 2011. You can apply online at A criminal history check may be conducted on the recommended person for the job. A non-smoking policy applies to Queensland Government buildings, offices and motor vehicles. BlazeQ010954


K & LB Consulting specialise in the placement of doctors and nurses across Australia. We are currently in search of Registered Nurses for a variety of positions and are recruiting for hospitals and health care settings within NSW, QLD, SA, TAS & VIC.

With so many agencies to choose from, it is hard to know which will best meet your needs.

To ensure you get shifts where and when you want, there are a few crucial questions you should ask when selecting an agency......

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The time for talking is over Be part of the effort to improve Indigenous health RAHC has been established to attract urban-based GPs, nurses, dental and allied health professionals to provide short-term staffing needs for remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Placements are paid and from as little as three weeks.

Get involved. Call 1300 MYRAHC or apply online at

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Urapuntja Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Exciting new opportunities for true believers in Primary Health Care.

Currently recruiting

Urapuntja Health Service needs a : • Permanent Nurse practitioner • Registered Nurse / Midwife with current clinical experience. Acute care medicine and primary health care experience preferred, with proven communication and computer skills and a commitment to primary health care to work as part of a harmonious multi-disciplinary health team in a cross-cultural setting. We are also looking for a Health Promotion Program Officer to work with our young mums in the community guiding them in our hygiene and nutrition program.

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For application and information please call Sarah Doherty (08) 89569875 or send an email to : Urapuntja Health Service is an Aboriginal community controlled health organization 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, salary packaging arrangements, and subsidized 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 organization whose mission is to maximize 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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Saudi arabia interviewS July Save $40,000* a year in a beach side city and enjoy a real summer! King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre - Jeddah, is a vibrant and growing hospital and they are keen to interview experienced Registered Nurses for two new services opening.. Located in the gorgeous seaside city of Jeddah you can experience the relaxing outdoor lifestyle of swimming, diving, snorkelling at the private beach clubs, driving out to the desert for an insight into the history that is Saudi or enjoy trips to the historic souks, markets or modern shopping malls that can tempt even the most hardened shoppers! Two new services, a 24 hour Admission Care Unit and a 72 hour Unit with further expansions happening. So if you have at least two years post grad experience working in an acute tertiary hospital then get in touch with us now. They are also looking for Nurses in Paediatrics, Neurosciences, General Medicine, General Surgery and ICU. Interviews mid-July and the chance to mobilise October/ November this year. If you are ready for a new adventure then call Pauline or Anna now on: Australia 1800 151 275 NZ 0800 438 285 +64 9 916 0150 E: * on today’s exchange rate 16

Calling all mental nurses

Are you looking for extra shifts, a short term contract or maybe a career change? At MHS we cater for casual and contract work, permanent recruitment throughout Melbourne and regional areas of Australia. So if your travelling or maybe would like to experience life in a different part of the country we can help. MHS is owned and operated by mental health staff who have a long history in the operation of specialist mental health agencies. So we fully understand your needs both as a mental health professional and also as an agency member. At MHS we understand that without our members we would have nothing to offer our hospitals and clinics, so we are here to make sure you are well supported and assisted throughout your journey with us.

Anything you require don’t hesitate to ask... Visit us: Level 1/69 Main Street, Greensborough, Vic 3088 Phone: 1300 527 034 Email:

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REGISTERED NURSES Step into the Corporate World Are you tired of the physical working environment? Would you like your weekends / evenings back? If you would like to work for a company that rewards hard work and dedication then Talk to us...

with so many benefits... you will be running to work!

• Competitive Salary of $73,078 plus Superannuation • Part and full time options available • No weekends! Due to an enormous amount of growth we have several of opportunities available for RN’s to work in our exciting new office in North Ryde and what we need is your clinical expertise to deliver our telephonic care support and health coaching to our participants.

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Our work place options: • Full time (Monday to Friday) • Part time options • Work from home (after full competentcy and 6 months working in the office)

• A combination of office and work at home • We will accommodate time off over the school holidays to meet family commitments.

Healthways has been providing comprehensive health management programs for the last 30 years, employing over 4000 employees across four continents. Our Australian operation commenced in April 2009 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Healthways has a proven track record in telephonic health coaching and improving health outcomes. Nurse Care Managers (RNs), are responsible to help our participants make changes in their lifestyles, leading them to significantly improved health outcomes. Drawing on your clinical experience and being supported by a team of Dieticians, Exercise Physiologists and a Clinical Nurse Consultants you will impact the lives of others, while you continue to develop your skills and expertise in this role.


• Excellent oral and written communication • Minimum of 3 years postgraduate experience as a Registered Nurse • Broad knowledge of chronic diseases, previous management of the chronically ill patient preferred. • Intermediate knowledge of PC and Internet computer skills preferred. • Superior planning and organisational skills and ability to prioritise work in a dynamic environment. • An understanding of personal strengths and needs; seeks advice and assistance without hesitation. • You must have relevant Australian recognised qualifications and work rights in Australia to apply for this position.

Benefits Galore! • 5 weeks annual leave • Competitive salary and annual reviews • No weekends • Lots of ongoing training and development • Bright, modern office environment • Fresh fruit and free cappuccino machine • Discounted health insurance • Salary continuance • Massages • Lots of exciting career opportunities • Option to buy more annual leave or take unpaid annual leave • Cash out any unused annual leave • Friendly, supportive team environment

Our next intake is June so don’t delay. We look forward to hearing from you! To apply for this position please contact Laura Hookes, HR Advisor on (02) 8264 4800 or email your resume to Visit, the Healthways careers page for further information 19

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We take a closer look at what Western Australia has to offer healthcare professionals and students, with our Hospital and University Directories to help you begin or further your career. Turn to page 22 to read our feature on the exciting new Fiona Stanley Hospital. 20

Flexible shifts to suit your needs! EVERY MINUTE. EVERY HOUR. EVERY DAY. WE CARE.

Registered Nurses

Looking for a nursing job that’s right up your street...literally?? Silver Chain is recruiting Registered Nurses now! Keep your week days free and work weekends only? – See us! Want to work evenings only? – See us! Like working week days only? – See us! Dayshifts–Afternoons–Evenings–Nights–Weekends–Weekdays

We have them all! Silver Chain has a variety of positions available, over a variety of service areas, covering a variety of districts!

Hypo or hyper?

Recognise the signs – Clinical nurses needed in our Metro Service Centres. If you believe that home is where the health is then come work for our Hospital@Home service.

We have full and part time vacancies throughout the Metropolitan area. Silver Chain offers comprehensive training and specialist support to all successful applicants, as well as providing a dynamic team work environment and generous salary packaging (earn up to $16,050 tax free per annum). Contact Laura Knight on (08) 9242 0236 if you would like to find out more about a position. Please email your resume and cover letter to or post it to 6 Sundercombe Street, Osborne Park, WA 6017 If you want to know more about us, visit our website at 21

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1. Demand!

With current hospital projects close to completion, extra beds being added with the addition of an ageing population, more nurses are required to maintain patient-to-nurse ratios. If you prefer continued learning and professional development for nurses and midwives, then WA is really the place for you. There are professional development courses formally offered, as well as paid study leave and clinical support. If you’re looking to change careers and try a new field of nursing, than WA universities have a large variety of postgraduate scholarships, as well as qualification allowances for postgraduate trained registered nurses and midwives.

2. The Strong Health System

Western Australia has a solid health system that includes a versatile work environment and a great way of life that is always seeing to improve their facilities for the public. There is also a variety of health options available to all citizens, including private medical insurance that covers general practitioners, with an estimated ratio of 400 patients for every doctor.


3. The Coast or the Country

One of the great features of Western Australia is the fact that you can live in the country, the coast or the city. If you prefer the coast, then you will absolutely love our sandy white, picturesque beaches that go for kilometre. Or if you prefer the energy of a busy and bustling city life filled with shopping, wonderful restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes galore, then Perth is the city for you. Whatever lifestyle you’re after, Western Australia has it for you.


4. Opportunities to Further Your Career

Whether you are a general nurse, midwife or specialize in areas such as mental health, cardiology and intensive care, working in WA health facilities will allow you to develop and learn new skills at a steady pace, whilst still maintaining a work and life balance. As a healthcare professional, you can choose to work in a number of different settings from hospitals, community centres, home visitations services or schools in either regional WA or the metropolitan city of Perth.

5. The Culture

The people of Western Australia come from so many different walks of life. People from more than 200 different countries around the world now call Perth home, with over 270 languages spoken. The wonderful multicultural mix who have come from generations of citizens globally, have created a truly cosmopolitan and attractive atmosphere that is reflected in the food, arts, languages and sports celebrated in Western Australia. 22


Looking for a nursing or midwifery job in regional Western Australia? WA Country Health Service has positions for registered nurses, midwives, enrolled nurses and nurse practitioners in all regions: Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest, Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and the South West. We offer: Salary packaging Superannuation Assistance with travel Subsidised housing Professional development opportunities Clinical support to develop new skills Support in obtaining a triage competency District allowances for some areas.

Contact WACHS today for more information Tel: 08 92226497, 0429 419 360 Email:


The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is the largest country health service in Australia and one of the biggest in the world. We offer a range of services to almost half a million people, across 2.5 million square kilometres, in: primary health care emergency and hospital services population health mental health Indigenous health aged care. Nurses and Midwives comprise the largest component of the WA Country Health Service, and their roles are crucial to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in rural and remote Western Australia. Working as a nurse or midwife in regional WA provides a unique opportunity to work closely with the local community and enjoy the stunning natural environments. We are committed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people by providing culturally respectful services throughout our seven regions – Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest, Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West. Please contact Julie Rakic on 08 92226497 for more information.


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Hospitals & Health Services Directory


METRO HOSPITAL SERVICES Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Attadale Hospital Bethesda Hospital Fremantle Hospital and Health Service ‘Galliers’ Wing and Specialist Centre Gi Clinic Glengarry Private Hospital Graylands Selby-Lemnos & SpecialCare Health Service HMAS Stirling Health Centre Joondalup Health Campus Kalamunda Hospital Campus Kaleeya Hospital King Edward Memorial Hospital McCourt Street Day Surgery Mercy Hospital Mount Hospital Mount Lawley Private Hospital Murdoch Surgicentre Niola Private Hospital Osborne Park Hospital Perth Clinic Princess Margaret Hospital Rockingham General Hospital Rottnest Island Nursing Post Royal Perth Hospital Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital South Perth Hospital Inc. Southbank Day Surgery St John of God Hospital Murdoch St John of God Hospital Subiaco Swan District Hospital Campus Waikiki Private Hospital Westminster Day Surgery 26

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Celebrating WA’s Longest Serving Nurses

One veteran nurse, Lindsay Briggs, who worked for Kaleeya Hospital, stated that the nursing profession had changed “tremendously” within her 54 years of experience. She was also the very first nurse to fly with the Royal Flying Doctor Service back in sixties. Ms Briggs said that “technology has made a huge difference, and nursing is more mentally stimulating than in the past. Nurses now are more technologists then old-style nurses.

According to the longest serving nurses in Western Australian history, nurses deserve more recognition as being one of the hardest professions to work for in the health system. A breakfast to be held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex will be honouring over 90 nurses and midwives who have donated their services for over half a century or more. These nurses have set the standard and also contributed to shaping the field of nursing today, Health Department director-general Kim Snowball stated.

“The Western Australian health system is very fortunate to have quality, experienced staff that are supporting the growth and development of the next generation of nurses and midwives,”Mr Snowball said. 30

“I don’t like the training being uni-based; I think it should be hospital-based to get the practical experience.” Ms Briggs also reflected over her time spent at the Royal Flying Doctors, “I loved it, it was great fun and I’m very fond of the people up there. We used to do weekly clinics in the Kimberley. On the weekends we would take the plane to Broome and camp on Cable Beach.” Another veteran ward nurse of 52 years, Deidre Scadding who won the Nurses Excellence Award in 2003, stated that it was always going to be a hard and strenuous job caring for the sick in hospitals today, which still comes with no gratitude or recognition. Ms Scadding also believes that the essentials of nursing practice have changed significantly due to technological advancements as she reflected on her 24 years working at Fremantle Hospital. “Back in the day, we didn’t have pumps to do the IV fluids, you had to count the drips and make sure it was the right number per minute, but the basics of nursing care have never gone away. Nurses need to have empathy, compassion, and a desire to help people.”

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Artist’s Impressions: Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency entrance

The new flagship healthcare facility currently being built in Perth, Western Australia, is said to become the leading facility in Australia. The Fiona Stanley Hospital, named after Australian of The Year and well renowned Professor Fiona Stanley, is expected to open in May 2014, with positive reports stating that this huge project is on top their time and budget goals. The new tertiary hospital will be located in Perth’s southern metropolitan area of Murdoch, and will provide health facilities and services to local communities within the area, as well as to the rest of the state.

“The hospital is changing so rapidly as construction moves ahead and it is great to compare the artist’s impressions with reality and see how far the project has come,” stated WA’s

Premier Colin Barnett, who also agreed that it was exciting and very promising to see that the new public hospital is keeping to its’ budget and timing deadlines. Health Minister Kim Hames stated that approximately 83% of the patient rooms in the main hospital are going to be single rooms. This will allow for successful infection control, fewer patient transfers, as well as improved patient privacy.

The $2 billion hospital is set to be the leader in clinical care, research and education, as well as utilizing the latest innovative design, scientific, technological and medical developments. The project began in 2004, when the State Government set out to improve the health system for Western Australia as part of an initiative to support the state in regards to meeting the demands of the growing population. Now that has become a total reality with the State Governments all committing to the most ambitious and extensive health reform project ever undertaken in Western Australia. 32

Concourse in main hospital

Leading Facility for WA “State-of-the-art technology will be integrated into every level of the hospital and the landscape design includes a wide range of outdoor gardens and parks for all to use,” Dr Hames said. The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon stated that, “the new Rehabilitation Centre will give

patients and their families’ access to world class rehabilitation services and is part of the Gillard Government’s commitment to providing more beds and better services locally.” “The Commonwealth Government has invested $255.7 million for the new 140-bed centre which will provide specialist high level services for patients including those with serious injuries including: acquired brain injury, spinal, trauma and complex pain as well as neurologicalconditions such as motor neurone disease.”

Main hospital entrance

Western Australia is expected to receive a beneficial $1.8 billion funding in growth from 2014 till 2015. Special Minister for State and Member of Brand, Gary Gray, stated that the rewards that the local community and economy of WA will reap are extremely beneficial.

“The West Australian Government’s decision to sign onto national health reform now means the Gillard Government can start to deliver even more health reform benefits to WA,” Minister Gray said.

“Whether it be more GPs or specialists, or more funding for hospitals, it is clear the Gillard Government is helping to build a modern health system that will provide better health care for West Australians,” Ms Parke stated. And not to mention the number of employment opportunities the new hospital will attract. Due to the number of specialty facilities and superior technologies being implemented into the new hospital, multiple specialist doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals will be required to effectively run the hospital and look after the large number of patients this new facility can accommodate.

The Fiona Stanley hospital will include a variety of features and services such as: - 783 beds including 140 beds in the State rehabilitation service - 6,300 rooms in 150,000 sqm of floor space over five main buildings – this is equivalent to four city blocks - Emergency care unit, including a major trauma centre - A wide range of cancer services including radiotherapy treatment facilities, medical oncology and haematology - An extensive range of surgical and acute medical services, including Paediatrics - State Burns and Rehabilitation services - Obstetrics and neonatology services - A world-class medical research facility to be built in conjunction with universities and the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research - Pathology, Bio-medical engineering and cell tissue manufacturing facilities - A Mental Health unit with Mother & Baby unit - Renal transplantation and Dialysis services - The latest medical imaging centre that will help to create fast and accurate information for clinicians


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t shouldn’t surprise you to learn that researchers estimate that most people spend almost 80% of their day communicating (Thomas 2007). What may be surprising is that nearly half—45%—of that time is listening. While you may concentrate on time you spend speaking to others, how much effort do you give to the five or six hours every day that you spend listening to your patients, co-workers, family and friends? Are you one of those who mentally “check out” when others are speaking to you?

If you are guilty of letting your mind, and actions, wander to other things when you should be listening, you are putting yourself in greater risk of conflict. According to the University of Colorado Conflict Research Consortium (2008), poor listening skills are at the root of many workplace conflicts. But for a nurse, communications with patients and co-workers is a key aspect of providing good nursing care. It is important that nurses use , rather than task-centred, communication. Listening is a key component of patient centred communication. In a busy hospital setting, a nurse may be the only person who takes the time to listen to their patient to try to understand his problems and concerns. Although many believe that listening is an automatic act, good listening skills are only acquired after study a practice. In fact, a great deal of study has been done on different listening styles and patterns. One of 36

the more effective styles of listening is active listening. A nurse who is an active listener uses techniques that engage the patient in order to improve mutual understanding. This involves focusing on the speaker, asking questions, validating what is said and allow time to process the information (Orcajada & Lourdes 2005). Active listening can help make patients, who can feel isolated and invisible amidst a constant stream of unfamiliar people, procedures and equipment, retain their sense of self (Klagsbrun 2003). To become a better active listener, follow these steps.

1) Concentrate on what is being said. This means that you give your patient your full attention. Don’t interrupt. And don’t try to multitask by reading the chart, adjusting the bed or checking the area. There is only one exception to this rule (It is explained in tip #3).

2) Take notes while your patient is talking. This is the exception to the “no multitasking” rule. But only write what you are hearing. Ask your patient to pause and let you write, if needed. Then refer back to your notes as you proceed to the next two steps.

3) Paraphrase the message to make sure you understand the point your patient is trying to make. For instance, if your patient has been talking about the number of medicines that he is taking, you can paraphrase that back as, “You are concerned how the drugs interact with each other. Is that correct?

4) Ask for clarification. Patients who are nervous and fearful may give you information that doesn’t seem to relate to their illnesses or even the concern they are trying to voice. Or they may not understand what has been told to them prior to your conversation. Take the time to untangle the information to make sure you understand what they are trying to convey.

you think is being said. For example, say “I want to make sure I understand you correctly. Is this what you are saying?” Then summarize in your words. If your perception is incorrect, ask questions until you are on the same page as your patient. Listening is an art, not a science that must be learned and practiced. But in the end, it can reduce on the job conflict and improve patient care.

Comment on this clinical article at: Source: Ina Thomas, I, & Dyer, B, 2007 “The Problem of Poor Listening Skills”, Weber State University. Viewed 06 June 2011. review.htm Assignment/Poor Listening FORMAL REPORT FINAL Ina and Bryan1.pdf University of Colorado USA 1998, “Active Listening”, Conflict Research Consortium. Viewed 06 June 2011. activel.htm Orcajada, E & Lourdes T. R., 2005, “The Art of Active Listening”, Viewed 06 June 2011 http://news. Klagsbrun, J, 2003, “Listening and Focusing: Holistic Health Care Tools for Nurses” The Focusing Institute. Viewed 06 June 2011. klagsbrun.html#3


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Nursing Post - Issue 11: Work and Study in Western Australia  
Nursing Post - Issue 11: Work and Study in Western Australia  

We take a closer look at what Western Australia has to offer healthcare professionals and students. Make sure you check out our Hospital and...