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7 Habits of Highly

Successful Nurses

Scrubs Magazine



A successful nurse isn’t the one who is the most popular, the highest paid or even at the top of the decision-making tree. I believe a successful nurse is one who makes an impact on his or her patient’s care. A successful nurse accomplishes the goal shared by every nurse by advocating for patients when they need it the most. And such a nurse would never admit to being “successful,” because he or she is simply doing his or her job.

Here are seven habits that some of the most successful nurses posses:

They Pay Attention to Detail

They notice everything, down to the smallest detail. Everything from the overflowing trashcan in a patient’s room to the outdated IV tubing, all the way down to the error on their home medication list. Not only do they recognize the details, but they address them in the most timely manner. They leave nothing to chance.

They Don’t Take Shortcuts

Shortcuts are those dastardly things that reduce time spent by skipping steps. Most would admit that shortcuts are harmless and ultimately are for the good of the whole process, but the most successful nurses will not only never take a shortcut, but also they will be the first to correct another nurse’s. Patient safety cannot be ensured when any step is skipped. Period.

They Never Rush

For some strange reason, they are never hurried. They are deliberate and defined in everything they do, down to the smallest detail. No matter how much of a madhouse the day may reveal, the most successful never let their feathers get ruffled. And they just keep smiling.

They Never Stop Learning

It doesn’t matter how many years they’ve been nurses, it doesn’t matter how many different areas of nursing they have experienced, it doesn’t matter how vast their education extends–their minds are always open to learning. No matter how small or how minute, they are willing and wanting to always learn something new, even if it’s simply a new way of doing something they already know how to perform.

They Dress for Success

Whether they’re wearing their scrubs or their professional attire, it’s crisp, clean and sharp. Some may go far enough to iron or press their employer-required scrubs. They take pride in how they look, but you’ll never see them “gussied up” in any way. They’re always professional.

They’re Timely

They rewrote the book on attendance. Being prompt is not just commonplace to them, but also their habits rub off on those they work with. Even in the worst of weather conditions, they show up early or right on time. The postal service has nothing on them!

They Volunteer

They make themselves available whenever possible. If they can, they volunteer to take that extra shift. If time permits, they’re happy to stay past their shift. Need someone to come in early? They’ll do their best to help out. They’ll be the first to volunteer their time to be the preceptor for the new employee. They’ll be happy to have that student shadow them for the day. They do it because they enjoy it, not because they feel obligated.

These are simply observations I’ve made over the years. The successful nurses stand out in a crowd. They are noticed. They are those nurses. They became those nurses with hard work, dedication, perseverance and just a genuine desire to make the difference we all set out to accomplish.


Surgical Preferences at Your Fingertips

By Kate McDonald for Pulse+IT Magazine


Sydney-based Allis Technology has launched version two of its ScrubUp app for operating room nurses and surgical assistants, featuring a new journal section where users can record and save details of the procedures they are involved in.


The app has been developed by registered nurse Marrianne McGhee, an experienced scrub/scout nurse and peri-operative nurse educator who wanted to provide newly graduated nurses or those new to the theatre environment with guidance on different procedures. “The idea of the app is to help guide and support operating room nurses, in addition to improving operating room efficiency and enhancing patient safety,” Ms McGhee said. “There are a number of different surgical specialties so what ScrubUp does is to provide help and guidance, especially to nurses who are new to the operating room or may not be experienced in a certain procedure or surgical specialty.”



ScrubUp is preloaded with guidelines on the most common surgical procedures from 10 specialties, including orthopaedics, plastics, cardio-thoracic, ENT, gynaecology, cosmetic, obstetric, gastrointestinal and ophthalmology. The app allows nurses to add or delete any of the preloaded procedures to suit their own or their hospital’s needs. Ms McGhee is looking for feedback from nurses about other specialities they’d like to see added.


Users can also take photos of different pieces of equipment, prostheses, instruments and instrument trays, and use the app to create a particular surgeon’s preference list, complete with their own photo. “Different surgeons have different preferences for sutures, dressings, drains etc,” Ms McGhee said. “ScrubUp is able to capture individual requirements and enable the nurse to accurately recall this information.”


The nurse can download whatever specialty they are involved with and create their surgeon’s preference list. They can also click on a particular procedure where there are guidelines on preparation, steps on how to prepare the patient, she said. “It varies for each surgeon, so the nurse can document that. For example, the different ways they like to drape – square drapes or fenestrated drape – and any other pieces of information that will enhance patient safety and make the operation more efficient.”


There are also tips and information on how to set up the operating room. A nurse can customise what equipment a surgeon prefers, what company’s prostheses they use and any other details that may aid in the efficiency of the surgical procedure, including photos of equipment to help them prepare for the case at hand, she said. “The nurse is able to obtain the exact information for that procedure, [which] minimises any unnecessary tension that can rise within the operating room.”


The new journal feature allows nurses to record what shift and date the procedure took place on, at what time, by what surgeon and with what team. ScrubUp also has a function for saving notes on particular procedures that nurses can use for their own professional development and reflective practice. They can also tailor the preloaded information for their own purposes with the ability to add, delete or save any of the information included, which Ms McGhee has sourced from her own extensive experience of scout and scrub nursing.

In addition to guiding and informing nurses about unfamiliar procedures, Ms McGhee hopes that nurses who are a little nervous or anxious about a new procedure – or working with a new surgeon – will use the tool to help them prepare.


“They can look at it on their way to work as the information is available anywhere, any time,” she said. “For example, for orthopaedics there are a lot of prostheses and differences with how each surgeon likes their operating room set up. With the ScrubUp app, the scout nurse could take a photo for the scrub nurse showing how the surgeon prefers the operating room set-up.”

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The app is available for iPhone users now and an Android version will be available in September. Ms McGhee said smartphones are generally the preferred device for operating theatre nurses, and while they are equipped with cameras, nurses are aware of the standards and policies on taking photos in theatre and correct professional conduct concerning their patients.

Future improvements will hopefully include the ability to share a particular surgeon’s preferences between nurses who regularly work with them on different campuses. The new version also enables the nurse to SMS or email surgical preferences to other colleagues. The app costs $2.49 per month per speciality and is available now from the App Store.

8 Popular Apps for Nurses


A great article from HealthTimes republished from Health Insights…

As technology advances and people spend more time on their devices smartphone apps have become a great way to stay abreast of research, access databases of terminology or treatments, practice your skills and access tools to improve your nursing practice.

Nursing apps range from fun simulations and training tools for students to vital resources which can improve efficieny and patient care outcomes.

Below is information on 8 popular nursing apps we love!

8 Nursing Apps

How to Get Through Nightshift

Tips & Tricks


Surviving Nightshift



Earlier this week, we shared a guide on how to survive night shift for nurses and midwives from The Nourished Shift Worker. Everyone has their own way of dealing with it and here’s some ideas from the Nurse Uncut Community, starting with a whole routine from Wendy


Allow one hour’s work, like mowing, gardening, dog walking, catch that morning swim. Then shower and eat properly afterwards, before going to sleep. That extra hour of work is a killer when you start but after a while, the treat of a shower and good food is perfect to help get through 6 straight shifts.


I’m a productive insomniac and work 9 nights straight. On my first day off, I stay up until 10 pm then crash, waking at 6/7am. I’m now ready to revert to day mode. It’s taken me years to get used to this, as I used get away with a certain amount of no sleep… then the insomnia kicks in and I was virtually hypo-manic. Swimming is my go to as yoga didn’t help and I’m totally against hypnotics.


It’s essential to prepare decent meals in advance.



Merilyn has some good ideas and emphasises the importance of going straight to bed after a shift…


Go home wearing sunglasses, shower and go straight to bed. If you stop to shop, or play music, it wakes your brain up. Also, don’t forget, you can buy Restavit over the counter for when you are really desperate for a decent sleep, just start with a quarter of a pill. Try to stop thinking about work once you’re in bed. Darken your room, keep it cool and turn off your phone.


Here’s a simple guide from Tim that you could almost write on a business card!

During night shift, you have to keep hydrated.
Stick to easy digestible foods.
Yoghurt, fruit, salad (no oily or creamy dressings), no confectionery or soft drinks.
Sleep well after night shift.
Overall care for yourself as how can you care for others if you don’t care for yourself.


And one simple trick from Jayne…

After 18 years of nights.

My tip… lol
NO coffee after 3am.



Let us know if you have any secrets or tips that help you as a nurse or midwife. It can be about any problem or challenge you experience and we want to know how you overcome it. Get in touch here: nurseuncut@nswnma.asn.au


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Another Side of Patient Care

by Jessica Kreigh OT Nurse


There is another side of surgical patient care that many people give very little thought to or even are unaware of our existence, let alone the crucial roles we play. Maybe you’ve had surgery yourself and for the few minutes before your anesthesiologist sends you away to the Land of Nod, you may see our smiling eyes greet you behind surgical masks as we set up for your procedure. Most of us never meet patient’s family members or see you again once you wheel out of our operating room. We are the perioperative members of the team who make sure a surgery and the surgeons are prepared for the case. We stand beside them; we assist them; we document for them; we calm them down, and we advocate for the patient before, during and after the procedure is done. We work our scheduled shifts and then we take additional on call hours which many times takes us away from precious time spent with our families (especially on the weekends and holidays).


And for some awesome reason the Universe lead us all to these professions: not for the money, the accolades and certainly not for the thanks. We do it because we each share a common thread, a blend of creative thinking, compassion, a joy of continuous education and perhaps a bit of crazy. Some days are routine, dare I say mundane. Never quite the same experience from case to case or day by day. Some days more exciting than others. More fulfilling. Cringe-worthy. Interesting. Heartpumping.



And some days we bear witness to the absolute tragedies of life, the unfairness of this world, and the down right heartbreaking moments. We see things that our minds can never unsee. We comfort panicked patients, we lie and tell them it’s going to be okay (even though we have no clue how it’s going to turn out or even worst, when we do). We try to hold our professional composure and then collapse into a sea of grief as a whole team. Those days are the worst. We’ve never met you before but we’re mourning for you, your family members’ heart weighing heavy on ours. Being one of the first to know that someone’s father, sister, bestfriend, mentor, etc is gone and that an entire community is about to be devastated is never considered a privilege.


But again, we signed up for this career. And for us, it is so that on the bad days, the patient’s families can know that their loved ones were cared for up to the very last second of their Earthly life. Someone held their hand and brushed their hair out of their face. We kept them warm and talked to them. They were not alone. We will continue to think about the patients we’ve lost throughout the years. We will continue to wake up and come to work, not knowing what the day has in store for us. We will continue to care because this is OR Life.


#artforemmy #dailysketchbook #orlife #scrublife #surgery #perioperativeservices #CST #surgicaltech #perfusionist #neuromonitoringtech #RT #PCA #PSA #PA #EVS #CNOR #circulator #surgicalnurse #AORN #AST #associationofsurgicaltechnologists


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The Why

Surgical team communication is one of the key intentions of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist  In Time-out period, surgical teams are expected to introduce each other by name and functional role. Nevertheless, the findings of this study showed that only 56.3 % of team members were introduced themselves by names and roles.


The result is similar with study conducted in Thailand in which majority of the surgical team failed to introduce their name and functional role to others. The reason might be explained by surgical teams were communicated and introduced themselves for a long period of time in their practical place. Moreover, people often introduce each other only during the first contact.


In this respect, many studies depicted that serious complications could occur when there are unsuccessful communication and cooperation among the surgical team members.

[Source: BioMed Compliance with Surgical Safety Checklist completion in the operating room of University of Gondar Hospital]



The Solution

The #TheatreCapChallege invite all OT staff to display their name and position on the front of the scrub cap. This allows for more effective communication and cooperation and helps prevent surgical errors. Very rarely are the same team scrubbed in together on a regular basis and it is impossible to remember the names and occupations of each team member as they pass through the OT each shift. This way the Surgeon and Anesthesiologist can quickly determine who is who in the OT and be able to communicate quickly and effectively as the need arises.


Name options are now available for both disposable and re-usable caps. For more information and to view the research in details that supports this movement visit:

#TheatreCapChallenge: Where’s the evidence?

Follow the #TheatreCapChallenge on twitter at @patientsafe3

The Abolition and Replacement of the 457 Visa


As of the 1st of March 2018 the current subclass 457 Temporary Skilled Visa will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa. The TSS visa is designed to address genuine skills shortages in the workforce but will also contain measures to protect and prioritise Australian Workers.


From 19th April 2017 the occupation lists for the 457 visa were cut down from 651 occupations to 435 occupations with 216 occupations removed and access to 59 other occupations restricted. These lists will be reviewed every six months from the 1st July 2017 by the Dept of Employment.


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From March 2018 the subclass 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa. The TSS visa will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two year and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years (Nursing falls under this Medium-Term Stream).


The short term stream is designed for Australian businesses to fill skill gaps with foreign workers on a temporary basis where suitably skilled Australian workers cannot be sourced.


The medium-term stream will allow employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of highly skilled and high value need occupations where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced.


The Short Term Stream will include the following criteria; 

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Renewal – capacity for visa renewal onshore one time only (ie can only be renewed once for another two years)


A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5 with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component


A genuine temporary entrant requirement


The Medium Term Stream will include the following criteria; 

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Renewal – capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residency pathway after three years


A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5 with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component


Additional occupations will be available to support regional employers

Eligibility for both streams include; 

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Work Experience – at least two years work experience in the occupation in question


Labour Market Testing (LMT) – will be mandatory (this is for the employer)


Minimum Market Salary Rate; Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold requirements


Character – Mandatory Police checks for every country lived and worked in


Workforce – a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers


Training Requirement – Employers nominating a worker for a TSS visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australian’s Fund. This contribution will be;

*Payable in full at the time the worker is nominated

*$1200 per year or part year for small businesses (those with an annual turnover of less than   $100 million) and $1800 per hear or part year for other businesses.



New TSS Visa’s 

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TSS 1 Short Term Stream



*Two Year Visa Only

*Can only be renewed once (Maximum of
four years onshore)

*No Option for Permanent Residency
after three years

*IELTS 5 required

*Mandatory Police Checks from all
lived and worked in

*Mandatory payment by employer to
Skilling Australians Fund between $1200-$1800

*Minimum of 2 years work experience in the field for which visa is applied for
TSS 2 Medium Term Stream   (Nursing is included here)


*Four Year Visa

*Can be renewed onshore – no capped limit

*Permanent Residency Application Supported after three years

*IELTS 5 required

*Mandatory Police Checks from all
lived and worked in

*Mandatory payment by employer to
Skilling Australians Fund between $1200-$1800

*Minimum of 2 years work experience in the field for which visa is applied for



*This information is taken from the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection Fact Sheet found at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Documents/abolition-replacement-457.pdf


*For information on the changes to the occupation lists visit: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists


RN Jobs, Theatre Nurse Jobs, Nursing Jobs, Registered Nurse Jobs, Scrub/Scout Jobs

RN Jobs, Theatre Nurse Jobs, Nursing Jobs, Registered Nurse Jobs, Scrub/Scout Jobs

RN Jobs, Theatre Nurse Jobs, Nursing Jobs, Registered Nurse Jobs, Scrub/Scout Jobs

RN Jobs, Theatre Nurse Jobs, Nursing Jobs, Registered Nurse Jobs, Scrub/Scout Jobs

How to Navigate Nursing Ethics




Nursing Ethics is a very important part of your overall performance as a Nurse. It is what should guide your practice and scope of care and provide a frame work for good decision making. At nurse.com they are in the process of unrolling a new series of articles on nursing ethics which we wanted to share with you. If you are in the process of applying for RN jobs or are looking for a new Theatre Nurse Job it’s always a good idea to stay up to date with the latest in Ethics developments.


You can find a list of all our current vacancies on our Job Board here or register as a job seeker here


You can access the article through this link!



Theatre Nurse Jobs Australia
Theatre Nurse Jobs Australia

Hidden Gem – Australian Nurse Diary


The Australian Nurse Diary has been available for over ten years now, but still may not be familiar to nurses around Australia. It comes in a pocket sized version for use on the ward and also in a new larger A5 hard-book cover for nurses who want to include home life and social life contents and also ideal for students.


The contents are fully customised for nurses with reference materials, shift planners, weekly calendar quotes on the nursing profession, language materials to help with CALD patients and also special features on things like stress, pilates and social media tips for nurses.


“In the past we have provided specialised versions of our diaries for ANMF offices and hospitals but there has been a move from these groups to electronic diaries,” says Adrian from Hand Picked Diaries. “At the same time we have seen a major shift back to having a quality specialised diary that nurses can hold in their hands. The pocket size for wards and the larger spiral bound version that open flat have really taken off. We have a popular group and page on Facebook (Australian Nurse Diary) that is a great sharing point on nursing issues generally, but which also helps us to keep our diary contents and style ideal for Australian Nurses.”


If you would like to see more of the contents and images of the diary you can see them on the website www.nursediary.com.au


Australian Nurse Diary
   Australian Nurse Diary

Do you wish to move to Australia for

short or long term?


If so, there are a number of options available to you. Below are some of the most common visa’s currently available.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate contact us.


457 VISA

Partner Visa

Employer Sponsored Visa

Skilled Independant Visa


Useful links for Moving to Australia

Department of Immigration

Medicare Australia

Australia Tax Office