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The first probationary nurse of St George’s Cottage Hospital commenced work in 1894, two days after the first Matron had been appointed and two years after the hospital’s foundation stone was laid. Since then the nurses of St George have made their mark in a wide range of settings, including clinical practice, hospital and educational reform, service in wartime and missionary endeavours. This book celebrates the many nurses who trained at the hospital and who in turn shaped the development of both the hospital and more broadly the nursing profession in Australia. It is engaging and easy to read as well as rich in details drawn from archival material and oral histories. It profiles a number of influential matrons and nurse graduates and describes some of the challenges, achievements and advancements of nurses at all levels of the organisation. It would be an excellent resource for anyone seeking to deepen their connection to St George Hospital or better understand the early history of nursing in Sydney.
For those wishing to investigate nursing history, identifying and accessing records that are accurate and substantial can be daunting. This handy guidebook describes the many public and private repositories that can provide information about the lives of nurses and midwives, as well as their training and work environments in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The first chapters introduce the government bodies responsible for nurses and nursing activities and identify key professional nursing organisations with archival collections, including the NSWNMA. Details are also provided for each state and national library and their corresponding archival services, numerous museum and hospital collections, as well as institutions such as asylums and refuges, religious orders, armed services and much more. Genealogists and social history researchers alike will find this book a useful addition to their tool kit.
While individuals typically enter the nursing profession with hopes and wishes of doing good, hopes can be shattered if their own mental health is compromised. From an array of factors such as a nurse’s coping skills, social supports, job satisfaction, self-conception and pride, philosophy and life experiences, as well as external stressors like the physical environment, change, role ambiguity and resource shortages: the potential for a perfect storm is stirring. This unique, practical text describes the impact of bullying, harassment, addictions, violence and other triggers to mental health issues and offers evidence-based strategies to help health care professionals cope with unhealthy work environments. It provides insights into individual and group dynamics and examines the roles of the health care institution, workplace management and the individual employee in fostering healthy and unhealthy situations. Each chapter is clearly articulated, with learning objectives at the start and discussion questions at the end, and in between an effective presentation of research, case studies and recommendations.
This recent addition to the At A Glance series addresses the key principles underpinning contemporary learning disability nursing practice and relates them to clinical issues that occur in both primary and secondary care settings. Significantly, it covers the needs of people with learning disabilities across the life spectrum, from children through to adolescence and on to adults and older people. Further sections explore people with multiple diagnoses, biophysical aspects of learning disability nursing, medication and issues of inclusion. It is designed as a quick reference guide and has been written in easy-to-understand language, drawing heavily on diagrams and pictures to support visual learners.
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