Lets talk about sh*t

Bowel screening tools, they work, so why aren't people doing them!?! Are they too freaked out about their own poo to care that they might be one of the 4,000 people who die from colorectal cancer every year rather then one of the potential 90% that can be saved with early detection?

mHealth

I'm really excited this week because one of my articles is being published on the Ausmed nursing blog!!  Its all about mHealth or mobile health, so check it out and let me know what you think!

Becoming Vegetarian: Health benefits

I guess the point of this post is to make us all as nurses think not only of patient nutrition but our own nutrition.  I know my knowledge in this area could be improved which I'm trying to do at the moment but there is a lot of conflicting information out there.  One question that I'm getting asked constantly is 'where are you getting your protein?'  and 'you're getting too much sugar eating all that fruit' and not forgetting the 'vegan's are sickly' comment that my partner got off our GP when he told her of our dietary change.

Wound Dressing Reference List

As nurses, we are on the forefront of wound management, which means that we have a big impact on pain management relating to the wound, the length of time for healing and ensuring the patient is comfortable.  So we need to know our stuff!

10 facts about Ebola

Its seems that everyone has a different opinion on all areas of this disease, and I guess as it is not something that nurses in Australia have been exposed to, it's no wonder we're getting confused!  So I thought it would be interesting to do a post on Ebola, so here we go!

Clinical Handover

A big part of a nurses shift is talking to patients.... and talking about patients, and this can be something which can be done really well or poorly at different times in different situations.  

Cancer - Cure or Control?

I was watching the ABC news over the weekend and came across this interesting story 'Cancer could become a manageable condition thanks to Australian breakthrough'.

Its a pretty great story (and only goes for about 5 minutes) and gives us a different outlook on how we view cancer.  Rather then seeing it as terminal illness in most cases maybe we should look at it as a chronic but manageable condition like Diabetes.  So instead of focusing on a cure, look at what we can do to make it a manageable chronic condition.  And with the treatment this story discusses, it seems that this may be possible in the future.

FREE Palliative care CPD short course

We all love some quality CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and I've got a great one here for you thats also FREE!

It's with the Centre for Palliative Care which is based through St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne in collaboration with the University of Melbourne.  It takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete and is all online.  On completion you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Cardiac Medications

Cardiac meds.  I'm sure that wherever you are working you have come across patients with cardiac conditions, and consequently medications to help control these conditions in addition to individual lifestyle choices.

Top 10 Analgesic Medications

Nearly every ward and nursing environment will encounter patients needing pain management. This could be as in my case, within the rehabilitation ward a few days post surgery.  Or maybe acute pain the surgical ward immediatly post surgery, chronic pain in aged care facilities, during wound dressing changes with district nurses, having a port accessed during chemotherapy treatment, in the emergency department after falling.... as you can see, pain is everywhere!