Erica Donovan

Apps can be super helpful in the life of a nurse, both new and experienced. From doing calculations, studying working out risk scores or looking up guidelines; there’s an app for almost anything you can think of. This app comes from The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, whose guidelines I use often in my …

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Are you looking for a new job? There are many many reasons why someone would want to do this. Maybe it is time for a change, your job doesn’t fit with our lifestyle anymore, the culture of your work might not be the best, or you just want to explore and grow.  So, you think …

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Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a clinically diagnosed inflammatory skin condition categorized by itch, erythema and edema. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and can occur acutely or chronically. The word eczema is defined from the Greek word for ‘to boil over’ and as someone who has been diagnosed, that feels pretty apt at …

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It’s a chilly Autumn day, when a mother and her young daughter walk into the Medical Centre to be seen by you, a Nurse. The child is on your file as having mild asthma and intermittent hay fever. Childhood asthma is a common presentation, but are we all aware of best practice and management? “She’s wheezy, …

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Picture this… it’s a busy shift at work, like any other day. In cubicle five is a seven-month-old infant, with a fever in absence of respiratory or ENT systems. You knew the order was coming, the Doctor on duty is wanting a clean-catch urine sample. You know that there’s a supply of urine bags in …

A better way to collect urine samples? Read More »