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Two Great Paediatric Emergency Videos

How cute are these videos?

In this blog, we are highlighting the importance of EVERYBODY knowing how to apply critical first aid in an emergency setting, especially around children and infants. It is interesting to reflect that, while a first aid certificate is mandatory for a lot of employment applications, it is not obligatory as a parent!

The carer you use, your babysitter and your child care centre staff all require first aid, but we as the principal caregiver don’t.

And statistics tell us that over a quarter of all parents have no knowledge of how to relieve choking in a baby, or of how to perform CPR if required.

Scary stuff.

Enter the wonderful UK St. John Ambulance, who have made these two instructional videos, delivering must- have information in a non- threatening manner that is easy to remember. UK SJA commented “We know that a major barrier to parents learning is that baby CPR frightens them.” So, removing the fear factor, and making it entertaining, allows learning to occur in a simple reassuring manner.

No parent enjoys the thought of having to perform life-saving procedures in a paediatric emergency within their own family, but thanks to videos like these it’s easier to prepare, so panic can be avoided in the unlikely event that something does happen. As horrifying or scary as it may be to think about these potential disasters, it’s comforting to know there are things anybody can do to save our children’s lives, even if an ambulance is on the way.

The first video is “the Chokeables”, which uses animated small objects to teach parents the correct technique to help a choking child.

The second video is called “Nursery Rhymes”, and demonstrates infant CPR.

We here at LearnPRN love them.

What do you think? Drop us a comment on facebook and let us know.

Meanwhile; share away, people!

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Suicide Rate Quadrupled for Female Nurses

If you’ve been on the internet lately, you will have seen numerous articles about the University of Melbourne and Deakin study published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.

The researchers conducted studies of close to 10,000 suicides over 2001-2012, and found that female doctors suicided at nearly three times the rate of the rest of the population. While the suicide risk for female nurses was almost quadruple that of the general population.

This study was the first Australian study of suicide rates in the health profession. They also found that males in other professions had about half the rate of suicide than male nurses.

Some of the reasons identified for these statistics included, in brief:

  • Shift work
  • Rostering
  • Stressful nature of the work
  • Low control in the workplace

An interesting and worrying revelation from the study, was that many health professionals reported a fear of discrimination from their registering body if they disclosed suicidal thoughts or mental illness. What a tragic finding in these caring professions. It appears that we are so busy looking after our patients that we have forgotten our workers in the process. As lead author, Deakin University’s Dr Allison Milner said “behind every single one of these figures is a life and somebody’s story.” In order to ensure satisfactory care of patients, we need to ensure our health professionals are equipped to recognised their own self care needs. As the saying goes “you cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

According to the authors, the results indicated the need for targeted prevention of suicide by health professionals, and one the measures recommended to achieve this is for new prevention strategies to be implemented in healthcare organisations.

To use another analogy, we are exhorted on airplane flights to put our oxygen mask on before assisting others. Our reflection today is how do we encourage each other to put on our oxygen masks?

If you or anyone you know needs to talk to someone about workplace stress or suicide, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

For further information on this study:

The Study: Suicide by health care professionals: a retrospective mortality study in Australia

ABC News: Female doctors and nurses at least three times more likely to commit suicide: study

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LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System

As Nurse Educators we don’t often get the opportunity to rave about new technologies or gadgets. Tuesday 19th July, however, was an exception for our Managing Director Robin Tchernomoroff.
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New Program Online

Introducing our Fluid Balance Online Program

Water is essential for life, and maintaining the correct balance of fluid in the body is crucial to health (Welch, 2010). However, according to a report from the Care Quality Commission (2011), some patients are not being given enough water to drink. The report suggests fluids are being left out of reach, or are not being given at all for long periods. This is unacceptable, and we believe nurses should understand our responsibility around fluid balance.

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Victorian ANMF Members Accept Historic EBA Offer

Yesterday, June 5th 2016, our nursing union, the ANMF, finally got the Victorian Government to agree to wage parity for Victorian nurses with our NSW colleagues! So if, as a nurse you, ever find yourself wondering “do I really need to join the union?”, the answer is “Yes, you really do!”

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101 Years On – The Nurses of ANZAC Cove

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” – For the Fallen, L. Binyon.
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Blog - Nurse e-Learning in healthcare

Huge News from our Managing Director Robin

All of us at LearnPRN & Nurse CPD Online are so excited to tell you that we have updated all of our elearning programs – they’re faster, cleaner and responsive. Which means they look and feel better than ever; and work on your smartphones and tablets too!
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