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Tribunal decision highlights lessons for all nurses

Trigger warning: This article discusses mental health and suicide, which some readers may find distressing. If you are experiencing distress, please contact Nurse & Midwife Support 24/7 on 1800 667 877 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for confidential help. The Patient You...

Case study: Two deaths when standards not upheld

From Annmaree Nicholls, Professional Officer This is one of the saddest cases I’ve ever witnessed. A nurse had been occasionally showing up to work clearly under the influence of alcohol. She had a turbulent home life and abusive marriage. She was beloved by her...

Case study: A nurse's struggle with drugs

Sarah came to the attention of the Council after a complaint was received from her employer. The complaint alleged that a box of benzodiazepines for injection was unaccounted for at the end of her shift in the hospital. Sarah after being pulled over by the police was...

Answers page - Test your knowledge: New codes of conduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives on 1 March 2018. With annual registration for nurses and midwifes due by 31 March, the Nursing and Midwifery Council thought this would be a good...

New Codes of conduct released 1 March - Test your knowledge

On March 1 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the new Code of conduct for nurses and the new Code of conduct for midwives . Both codes set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all midwives and nurses, in all...

Effective Communications

The Council received a notification in relation to a patient who presented at an Emergency Unit with a loss of vision and an unrelenting headache. The patient first presented at changeover time and was assigned a nurse. The assigned nurse did not provide the patient...

Are you registration ready? Don’t take the risk of making a false declaration!

In order to practise in Australia and under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, all nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's registration standards . Your general or non-...

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – are you meeting registration requirements?

All practicing health practitioners are required to participate regularly in CPD relevant to their scope of practice in order to maintain, develop, update and enhance their knowledge, skills and performance to help them deliver appropriate and safe care. When...

Managing Professional Boundaries: Professional v's Personal Relationships

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have recently commenced running a program of events about their role and responsibilities across NSW. Interactive workshops and forums have been exploring patient safety and the shared responsibility of nurses, midwives and regulators...

Administering Vaccinations: What do you need to know?

Immunisation is a targeted public health initiative to protect the individual and community. The Council currently is managing a number of cases involving the inaccurate administration of immunisations, so we wanted to shed some light on your responsibilities and where...

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