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writing course – structuring the Results/Discussion Section

If your trying to write… there are soem great tips on this blog link below… writing at an academic level – and especially for publication doesn’t come easy. It is a craft that needs to be carefully honed and fine tuned…. Reading others tips about ‘how to’ is always a useful part of the learning and fine tuning process…

Nurses (traditionally) have not been keen academic writers – but that is slowly changing. We need to publish (at a high level) what it is we do, how we do it, and our evidence to support the way we do things… I challenge nurses everywhere to give it a go… write when you can. Share your knowledge… please!


writing course – structuring the Results/Discussion Section.

Visiting mental health professional in rural communities: What happens when they go back home?

A poster presentation:

Wilson, R. L., & Usher, K. (2014). Mental health professional visitors in rural communities: What happens when they go back home? Paper presented at the ACMHN 40th International Mental Health Nurses Conference, Soffitel Melbourne.

ACMHN Rural MH visitors poster 2014 Wilson & Usher (1)

Open access journal papers about health & social media

Thanks for the Collegian, a nursing journal, who are taking the lead with a discussion about social media and health with open access on recent journal papers by my colleagues and I – here they are for your easy click and free download:

Nurses and Twitter


Australian health profession students use of social media

Let us know what you think! 

Registered Nurse from South Sudan call for peace

Registered Nurse from South Sudan call for peace

A message from my friend RN Chol Deng: “I need to get the message out there… My home town back home (South Sudan) is in “state of emergency” innocent civilians have been hiding in the bush since Monday due to violence that broke out on Sunday with no water or food”.
As a mental health nurse – my heart goes out to those who are hiding in the bush in fear of their life and without access to basic goods and services. Lets spread the word – people need to choose peace – it won’t just happen…. peace needs to be pursued and practiced. Chol is right – it is a behaviour and an action that needs to be lived out in the lives of us all…. and especially in South Sudan. Let’s help Chol get the ‘word out’. Standing with him in choosing peace and shunning war. Share, like, tweet …etc! Please!


Shiny new text book – Mental health. A person-centred approach.

Shiny new text book - Mental health. A person-centred approach.

Received an advance copy of my new book today – smells new, looks shiny….. so pleased with the result and very chuffed to have worked with other mental health experts on this book – Nicholas Proctor, Helen Hamer, Denise McGarry, (Me), and Terry Froggatt. Available to the Public from January 2014. Link for more details direct from publishers – Cambridge University Press.

Chocolate survival in the presence of health professionals- a threatened commodity!

Chocolate survival in the presence of health professionals- a threatened commodity!

Proof at last….. Nurses love chocolate gifts….and they prefer Roses over Quality Street! This is important information for anyone who knows a nurse, because now you know what to give that person for Christmas!!!!!

Scientific evidence allows you to be assured that within about 5 minutes the nurse recipient will have ripped open the box and within 1 1/2 hours he or she will have consumed about a third of a boxful of chocolates…. then they slow down the pace of consumption a little but this should be seen as a lack of gratitude but rather – the data seems to indicate that by about a third of a box of consumption… nurses (and other health professionals)simply tend to continue their consumption at a slightly reduced rate! The researchers only used a 350 gram box… it is unknown if the size of the box really matters – so you might be best advised to try a range of sizes….. perhaps bigger is better (a future study perhaps!)

Surely some replication in Australian settings would contribute further important disciplinary information! Thanks to Kim Usher for the share of this scholarly journal article. 

Merry Christmas! Hope the survivor-ship of your Christmas chocolates is all that you would want it to be  -and your ‘decay’ curve is mitigated!