Nurses have taken on a surprising number of tasks that were once the preserve of doctors. And they do them exceptionally well.
Some good news for UK government policy.
No matter their age, gender or experience, health professionals from all walks of life have experienced mental health problems.
Throughout the medical profession, there is a culture of fear surrounding mental illness.
Dorothy Campbell with patients evacuated from Tobruk, Alexandria 1941.
Five thousand Australian nurses served during World War Two. One of them, Dorothy Campbell endured air raids and tended wounded men in freezing tents - but the war opened her eyes to a more adventurous world.
We need to think about the environment that allowed the error to occur.
In Australia, estimates suggest undesired harmful effects from medication or other intervention such as surgery occur in around 17% of hospital admissions. But blaming the doctors won't help.
Nurses do influence decisions on which medical products and equipment to buy.
Just because they can't prescribe medications that does not mean nurses have no influence on important decisions for patient care.
NHS staff are drawn from all over the world.
Instead of scouring the developing world for healthcare staff, we should be doing more to help doctors and nurses arriving here as refugees to join in.
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One of the UK's most senior nurses has been forced to apologise after publicly attacking professional practice. Here's the case for the defence.
It’s estimated general practitioners see up to five abused women every week.
Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence will today hear how the health system can better respond to partner abuse, with the help of trained professionals and broader, government support.
Frontline nurses say their views on nursing policy is often overlooked because policymakers do not recognise the importance of their clinical experience.
There are several benefits of nurses providing input in policymaking processes. In South Africa, though, there are several barriers that prevent this.
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Foreign-born nurses working in the UK do a vital job in the face of discrimination, but their recruitment helps entrench global healthcare inequality.
The nursing profession has a profound shortage of nurses, which is compounded by nurses who moonlight, work overtime or work for agencies.
Nurses who moonlight admit they feel too tired to work and don't provide the best quality of care on duty.
Nursing is under pressure.
More nurses and higher education levels - not a change in values - are needed if nursing in Britain is to regain its world-leading status.
Have the wards filled up with more doctors and nurses?
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