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The Tea Room

Welcome to the Nurses Station Blog. An opportunity to have a say about things affecting you. Email us on if you have a burning issue you want to talk about. We'd love to publish you!

From The Nurses Station Team: Teniah, Anne, Anita, Melissa, Maddy, Lisa & Jill

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A note of appreciation

Posted by Teniah on August 2, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes nursing is a thankless job. Management does not always acknowledge how much of ourselves is poured out to care for the clients we nurse. They very likely do not even know you by name. Depending on your specialty of practice you may work with clients who despise the role you play in their recovery, resent your very presence, or simply are oblivious to what you do to support them. Nurses at times are called the most horrible names imaginable, spi...

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Finding Work/Life Balance

Posted by Teniah on May 14, 2015 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A common thread of “needing to find balance” has been a topic of discussion among young nurses and new graduates across all fields of nursing. Finding work/life balance is particularly hard within that first year of nursing practice, but I believe that this “tug of war” between what we would “like” to be doing with our lives and reality, actually continues throughout the nurse’s career. The nursing profession requires that we always seek to further ou...

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International Nurses Day - Nurses

Posted by on May 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Judy Hitchcock

International Nurses Day is here again, 12th May already! This year is flying by: it hardly seems any time at all since I wrote about the motivational promotional material provided by the International Nursing Council last year, inspiring us with the slogan:

NURSES: A force for change – A vital resource for health.

I was rather pleased to see that the slogan has not been changed but expanded upon to focus on th...

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Young Nurses' Opinion: Pay Differentials And My Future In Nursing

Posted by on March 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Young Nurses’ Opinion: Pay Differentials And My Future In Nursing.

by Jed Montayre


The issues surrounding pay differential between nurses and management brings heated discussion among individual nurses who feel that fairness does not always exist. The generous pay rises received by top management personnel in comparison to what nurses are getting, receive criticisms in the context of pay equality and reflect on the value of what nurses do as part of an organisa...

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We all make mistakes.... Right?

Posted by Lisa on November 26, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

There has to be a first for every new nurse, the first medication error, the first fall on your watch, the first needle stick injury. 
Does the first mistake of your career almost mark a milestone in your graduate nursing evolution?
I questioned why I have suddenly started making mistakes 9 months after commencing the job, when in reality, I have made mistakes all along the way. Now the level of responsibility is rising, the new mistakes...

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Ebola - how should nurses be responding?

Posted by on October 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa raises some very curly questions amongst health professionals – nurses in particular. Nurses (and other health care workers) are the most likely to care for Ebola patients and therefore most likely to be exposed to the virus and most likely to contract it. Over 150 health care workers have died from the disease in the current outbreak with infection rates twice this number. The main

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So, what exactly is Emotional Intelligence?

Posted by Teniah on September 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The topic of emotional intelligence has come up multiple times in my journey through nursing school and into the "real world" of nursing. When the topic was first mentioned to me, I had never heard of such a thing before, and really never considered the need to become competent in this area.

Emotional Intelligence, essentially, is the ability to recognize your own feelings, emotions, and responses, as well as those of others. Now, we recognise these emotions in different ways - some pe...

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Confidence for Young Nurses

Posted by Teniah on August 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I have had many recent conversations with young nurses from my graduating class, as well as the new graduates who joined our nursing team in January, about the process of building confidence in nursing practice.

It would seem that for many, confidence is something that progressively builds over time. As our skills, knowledge, and experiences increase, we become more certain that the decisions we make are indeed the right ones. We learn to adapt more quickly, and to trust our instincts....

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Grad Nursing on the Gold Coast

Posted by Lisa on August 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (4)

I can still remember the excitement I experienced when I opened that email stating I was chosen for employment on the Gold Coast, I leapt out of my seat and ran down to the hotel where my fiancé was working, not forgetting, but ignoring that I was wearing pyjama pants with imminent rips in the backside, impatient to express my delight!

Everyone was supportive, if not a little surprised, only months earlier during a pep talk on our first day back of the third year of nursing school;...

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Burn out and stress among nurses

Posted by on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There has been some comment in the media of late regarding burn out and stress among nurses. This has provoked many responses from throughout the country, many from nurses empathising with the situation and sharing their own experiences of difficult working environments. The issue is that this not only affects nurses personally (leading to sleepless nights, sickness, anxiet...

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