Most of us will receive the majority of our vaccinations in childhood. But Australian adults still die and become disabled from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunisations are therefore an important preventive health measure at all stages of life.
If you've managed to get your hands on peer reviewed articles then you may wonder why its necessary for you to perform your own article critique – surely the article will be of good quality if it has made it through the peer review process? Unfortunately this is not always the case.
We've all seen it and looked the other way. Maybe we've even done it to another nurse after a bad day, or watched in silence as a colleague berated a newer nurse. Then there is the gossip. Bullying is rampant in nursing, and it makes a difficult job all the more stressful because of it.
The idea that people can be healthy at any weight has gained credence in recent years, despite widespread evidence that obesity creates health risks. While the idea is attractive, it’s also dangerous because it can lull people who need to lose weight now into a false sense of security.
Australia is a multicultural society. The 2011 Census revealed that almost a quarter of the population were born overseas, and 43.1 per cent of people have at least one overseas-born parent.
As nurses, we are taught to take every step necessary to save a life. In contrast, we are also trained to respect the patient’s wishes. Sometimes, these two tenets conflict, and this leaves the ethical nurse in a quandary as to how to proceed...