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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.
In 1990, on May 17th, the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Since 2004 this date has been recognised at the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.
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!”