After an exhilarating two days of passion and inspiration at ANMF’s 13th Biennial in Hobart last month, I can now sit back and reflect on what has been yet another successful national conference for the Federation.
Stress. Physical and emotional exhaustion. Irritability. Loss of motivation. Reduced productivity. Detachment. Skipping work. Using food, drugs or alcohol to cope. Burnout is a debilitating condition which research shows is increasingly affecting nurses and midwives. Robert Fedele investigates the rise of burnout and need for key stakeholders charged with managing the workforce and sector to recognise its importance and find solutions.
More than 100 passionate delegates converged in Hobart last month for the ANMF’s 13th Biennial National Conference.
Last month I received my postal survey asking me to respond ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on changing the law to allow same sex marriage. What followed at home was many dinner table conversations with my three children as we watched and listened to the ‘debate’ around human rights for LGBTIQ Australians.
With the ANMF’s Biennial National Conference upon us final preperations have commenced.
After ANMF members were asked to complete an ANMJ communication survey last month, the results are finally in, and from what you have told us, it’s time to change how we deliver nursing and midwifery news and information.
Depending in which state or territory you live in the chances are you have met job reps, union delegates, worksite representatives or job delegates. Despite varying titles, the role of an ANMF job rep (however titled) is clear cut – to represent nurses and midwives in the workplace and drive change to improve conditions. Robert Fedele takes a look at what is involved in the position and how it can empower volunteers both personally and professionally.
One of the benefits of being a nurse or a midwife is the ability to work almost anywhere in the world. The flexibility that nursing or midwifery brings also allows the opportunity to travel to a multitude of destinations while also making a living. This month the ANMJ features two of the most popular destinations for Australian nurses and midwives to work and live in. Thinking of working overseas? Find out what it’s like working and living in the Middle East and the UK in this month’s special.
It’s been a busy couple of months attending ANMF annual delegate conferences across the country.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation will be holding its 13th Biennial National Conference in Hobart next month. What does the conference entail and why is it important to nurses and midwives across the country? Natalie Dragon investigates.
It’s 8.45am Monday morning and already there are five patients waiting for the sexual health walk-in-clinic. Doors open at 9am and patients self-triage to see a doctor or nurse practitioner (NP) if they have symptoms, or a nurse for screening.
A Victorian nurse has become just the third nurse in Australia to attain endorsement as a nurse practitioner (NP) in the field of immunisation.
Aged care and the treatment of older Australians have been in the media spotlight of late, but not in a good way.
As reform continues to shape Australia’s mental health system, greater access to mental health nurses across all levels of healthcare is crucial. When allowed to work to their full scope, mental health nurses possess the ability to engage and connect with people while helping them drive their own recovery journeys. Robert Fedele reports.
Community Health Nurse Claire Dowling was drawn to working with the disadvantaged after witnessing first-hand the impact of poverty and health disparities in her hometown of Glasgow in Scotland.
Several public hospitals in New South Wales have escaped privatisation after almost a year of determined campaigning by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA ANMF NSW Branch) helped trigger a backflip from the state government
Over a century ago the state of Victoria was one of the first regions in the world to legislate wages and create arbitration boards and councils to resolve labour conflicts before the recourse to strikes. These were the initial steps towards minimum wages.
Extreme weather patterns, global warming and air pollution are increasingly becoming the norm, the consequences of which are being felt across the world. Climate change is being touted responsible, compelling a commitment from world leaders to reduce emissions in an attempt to curtail the impact. Yet to ensure environmental sustainability everyone must play a role including nurses, midwives and healthcare facilities. Natalie Dragon investigates the progress healthcare has made to this end.
The increasing rates of obesity within Australia present a challenge for healthcare professionals from all disciplines working in the health system. Current statistics indicate that 63%
of adults are outside of the normal weight range, with 35% overweight and 28% obese (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012).
Recently I took the opportunity to take a 10 day trip to explore Nepal, which began in Kathmandu, followed by Bandipur, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park and then back to Kathmandu.