Advice and Tips

Lifesaving Between the Flags

Written by Melanie Wong Rapid response systems (RRS), such as Between the Flags or Early Warning Score, have become increasingly effective and common in hospitals since the 1990s. While they were first developed in Australia, RRS have now been placed into effect in other countries including the US and the UK due to their noticeably…

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Self-care for caregivers

Written by: Melanie Wong Hospitals are always open, regardless of whether it is 2pm in the afternoon or 2am in the morning. They have to be, of course, because health problems wait for no one, but when you dig a little deeper, what does this constant state of being ‘switched on’ mean for those giving…

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety

Written by: Melanie Wong Published by: Jay Lee Nursing homes first appeared in the mid 20th Century and have only become more common in the 21st Century; as family roles have shifted over time and a larger percentage of the population is now contributing to the workforce, the ability of some families to look after…

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Superannuation for Nurses

Written by: Melanie Wong Published by: Jay Lee Letters to ourselves. In an age of digital technology, letter writing has become a thing of the past yet some of you may find yourselves discovering a folded piece of paper from a decade ago, addressed to the you of today. Whether it be from 12 year…

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Benefits of having a Mentor

Written by Helen Le Do you have a mentor at work? If not, we encourage you to consider seeking a mentor: someone you look up to, someone who genuinely looks out for your best interests, someone who you can turn to in troubling times or perhaps to just offer a non-judgemental listening ear. Nursing Mentors can…

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How To: Survive the Night Shift

Written by Helen Le Nurses may choose to opt for night shifts for many reasons, for instance, they may be wanting more time during the day, are attracted by the penalty pay rates or desire a calmer environment and a more reduced workload. Despite these perks, it is a no-brainer that night shifts can be…

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Interview Tips For Graduate Nurses

Interview Tips for Graduate Nurses

Written by Helen Le For 3rd year nursing students, the time is approaching where you will soon be at applying for new grad opportunities and hopefully receiving invitations for interviews. Here at Healthcare HQ, we understand that interviews can be extremely nerve-racking especially when it’s your first. However, with some preparation, practice and a few…

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How To: Deal with Angry Patients

Written by Helen Le If you’ve been in the nursing field for a while, encountering patients who are angry and hostile is not uncommon, and it’s important to keep your cool and address their issues as calmly as possible. Here are tips on what to do when handling aggressive patients. Step 1: Remaining Calm Angry…

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5 Tips On How To Write A First-Class Resume

Application season is upon us, which means a whole lot of stress and anxiety for hopeful nursing grads. You’ve spent a lot of time dreaming about delivering brilliantly eloquent answers in the interview and securing that job at the hospital you want. But before that, you have to be shortlisted amongst the hundreds or thousands…

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