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Lip and tongue tie are being diagnosed and treated for breastfeeding issues more and more commonly all over the world. In Australia for example, an increase of 420% in the procedure rate has been reported. Critics of the treatment believe that the increased number of procedures is due to overtreatment by the providers of the …

Lip and Tongue Tie – Is it controversial? Read More »

See those lovely Mountain views of mine? My lovely mountain view is blanketed in Bushfire smoke I don’t either. That’s how bad the smoke is now, and my thoughts are with all those affected. I’ve had to get my stethoscope out to monitor my youngest who is teetering on the edge of an ED presentation …

How not to shame parents Read More »

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 …

RCH Emergency Nurse Practitioner App Read More »

As the impacts of the COVID-19 continues to spread, feelings of stress and overwhelm, especially amongst those working in the health care setting, is a very real scenario right now. Prioritising your sleep, along with fuelling your body with high-quality nutrients through good food choices, is going to be essential in order to help you …

3 Tips To Enhance Your Nutrition and Sleep During Times of Stress Read More »

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 …

Looking for a new job as a Nurse Read More »

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 …

Eczema management for nurses Read More »

As nurses, we often see the good, the bad, and the ugly of society. We chose to become nurses for many reasons and I have no doubt that one of those reasons includes making a difference in the lives of the patients and families that we meet. There are many stories we could share that …

Joy’s Story: rescued from slavery Read More »

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, …

Spacers – a staple in paediatric asthma management Read More »

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 »