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5 Secret Santa Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year again… the time of parties and Secret Santa’s. Can you believe it!?! Not only is the man in a red suit with flying reindeer gearing up for a loooooong night of flying and gift-giving but we’re all (hopefully) getting more cheerful and starting to think…

Joy’s Story: rescued from slavery

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…

Spacers – a staple in paediatric asthma management

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…

A better way to collect urine samples?

A better way to collect urine samples? 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…

The moment I stopped being a Nurse and instead, a Mum

A friend and old colleague of mine wrote this beautiful Facebook post a month or two ago and her message was one that I feel many of us who are both a Mum and a Nurse, should hear. I want to thank my friend- you know who you are!- for…

5 Top Tips for your New Graduate Interview

I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about my own experience and the feedback that I have received after applying for nursing jobs and attending interviews. I’ve also spent a bit of time asking others in nursing positions that do some of the hiring. It’s New-Grad Nursing job application and…

An unexpected turn of events

I wanted to share something a bit personal that I have been struggling with for a little over a year now. I’ve mentioned it in comments on the Facebook Page and also opened up about it briefly while a few of us waited for a speaker at a live webinar…

Co-sleeping: Parental Implications & Recommendations

In recent years the issue of co-sleeping has led to a rather complex and at times, controversial conversation, given the fear of increasing a baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or ‘cot death’ and accidental suffocation. As paediatric nurses, we aim to provide evidence-based advice about sleeping arrangements as a basic part of parental guidance in newborn care.

The call I never wanted to take

The role of a phone triage nurse is no walk in the park like I’d thought. It requires skill and the ability to coach families over the phone on basic life support skills.

‘I love my Body’ Book Review

As a mother of two young girls, I feel it is so important to promote a healthy body image to them. They are growing up in a world that will constantly tell them that they are too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too loud, too quiet, too… you…

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