Neonatal & Infant Health

Sepsis: What role do you play in improving outcomes?

In recent times, we have seen an influx of training, discussions and awareness-raising on sepsis – and rightly so! Sepsis is a leading cause of death and disability that necessitates enormous costs on health care systems the world over (Schlapbach, Thompson and Finfer, 2019). With World Sepsis Day knocking on…

Can a sleep mask improve your nurse shift work sleep?

Sleep is so important to me.  This was most evident when I experienced postnatal depression. It took me four years to realise there was a direct correlation with my ability to cope with it and the quality of sleep I was getting. Diet, hormones and shift work played a large…

5 TOP TIPS TO HELP PARENTS, HELP YOU

Paediatric nurses are magicians. For one, they are incredibly skillful clinicians.  They can calculate fluids and medications in their sleep. They can anticipate respiratory distress like no other. They teach, encourage, and direct new Residents at the start of their first paediatric rotation. On the other hand, they also know…

LIP AND TONGUE TIE – IS IT CONTROVERSIAL?

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…

RCH Emergency Nurse Practitioner App

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…

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

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…