Bush Nursing

  1. Thought I'd start a thread on BUSH NURSING.
    Share your experiences from working in the bush.
    I'm sure many of us have some wonderful stories to share. Both funny & sad.
    Here's a short story; AND, it's TRUE!
    Outback in the far west of NEW SOUTH WALES, an aboriginal woman arrived at the hospital to give birth to her 9th baby. The treating medico, who knew the patient well & had treated her for some time, was amazed to see her again AND pregnant!
    On enquiring about the promise she'd made to use contraception, the woman replied she HAD been using it. Dr asked what form of contraception & the pt pulled up her blouse & said, "see there, and it hasn't worked"!
    She had a bandaid over her navel??!!!
    TRUE account of an actual event!
    Just goes to show how sadly lacking our indigenous
    health programme / education is aye?
    Cheers,
    Grace.
    The floor is now yours!...
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Tookie
    Grace even though l work in a rural area cant really say l have a lot of experience with bush nursing - but maybe one day - may - Althought we do have a number of commnity packages wherby the organisation l work for takes services out to the rural areas, - But not the true bush
  4. by   sandgroper
    My health service covers a large area of the south coast of Western Australia. Included are two remote area nursing posts where our emergency dept provides leave relief.

    I recently worked at the most remote one for three weeks. This is a small coastal village of about 300 residents (65% over 60years) with an economy based on agriculture and fishing.

    Nearest hospital is 180km away and nearest Dr 100km. Nurses working here are to be covered by the new Nurse Practitioners Act allowing us to prescribe meds and order certain investigative tests. While its good to have this autonomy, I did miss the team work of the hospital ED.

    Anyway, a good introduction to RAN and I'll go back there again this year
  5. by   fergus51
    :roll :roll I thought this was going to be a crude thread from the title!
  6. by   Grace Oz
    Do you mean like;
    "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"!!?? LOL :chuckle :roll
    Cheers,
    Grace :kiss
  7. by   Tookie
    Sandgroper
    What a fantastic opportunity - l wish l could be so adventurous - well done
    Would love to hear more
    Tookie
  8. by   renerian
    I did home health in the states for 11 years. Some rural. Some people with no water. Lots of knowledge deficeits. Sounds similar to your bush nursing.

    Is bush nursing out in the sticks and no dr. is near or practices near by?

    renerian
  9. by   fergus51
    Exactly Grace I thought I would fit right in as an OB nurse....

    It is an interesting thread though. We usually call it outpost nursing.
  10. by   Grace Oz
    Originally posted by renerian
    I did home health in the states for 11 years. Some rural. Some people with no water. Lots of knowledge deficeits. Sounds similar to your bush nursing.

    Is bush nursing out in the sticks and no dr. is near or practices near by?

    renerian
    Yes, Renerian, it's ususlly out in the "sticks".
    Not always a Dr available. We have the world famous ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE here in Australia. It's a medical service that flies to the outback delivering clinics & health care to the remote outback communities & stations. ( A station is a HUGE property, runs cattle, sheep etc.Out in the outback) The RFDS covers thousands of kilometres each week visiting the various stations & clinics. Bush nursing here in Oz can take many forms, sometimes it might be that the nurse is actually located at a rural post on a permanent basis or working with the Flying Dr or regular visits to a particular clinic. Most folks who do Rural & remote nursing, love it.
    Cheers,
    Grace
  11. by   frannybee
    I did a prac placement with the RFDS Mt Isa and at the Casualty Dept of Mt Isa Base Hospital in my final year of training. Nursing-wise, the RFDS jobs seem to be the hardest to get due to the huge demands made and the experience required. I loved loved loved it and will try for a job with the RFDS in about a million years when I have enough experience and confidence.

    Mt Isa Base was amazing - the best wound-care training a girl could get, as the students got to do the dressing clinic every weekday morning. With the huge Aboriginal population, many of whom were diabetic, I learned a heck of a lot.

    Scariest bit was when we had a lad brought into Cas who'd had 2 tonnes of sheet metal dropped on his foot. Somehow he'd had his heel chopped off and his tib was poking out the bottom of his foot. His toes were completely crushed and pedal pulses were long gone. He was having blood and fluids pushed into him as fast as we could get them up....my job was drawing up the morphine he was having every 5 mins, whilst trying to keep dressing pads up to the other student who was trying to stop the bleeding from his foot.

    He was 28, had been married 3 weeks and his wife was pregnant. He lived, but his foot didn't.
  12. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by fergus51
    :roll :roll I thought this was going to be a crude thread from the title!
    And I thought Pres. Bush was getting private nursing!!
  13. by   carolmaccas66
    Great thread
    I worked as a nursing assistant YEARS ago in a smallish hospital, and we had this young, married girl admitted. She was about 8.5 months pregnant. Anyway she came from an extremely religious organisation (can't remember which one), and because she was so nervous and seemed so naive, me and the RN were asking her questions to help relieve her anxiety and to just generally get her admitting info, etc. Well when we asked her what she knew about childbirth, she described it as 'having a bowel motion! (she didn't say pooh or anything, too polite). We asked what she meant exactly, and after much questioning, found out that she thought the baby would be born out of her anus! She had no idea about what her vagina was for, or re her sexual organs. I remember me and this nurse just looking at each other in amazement! Then we went and got the plastic anatomy models of childbirth and books, and sat down to explain it to her. She had not been told anything because she had been brought up very sheltered and no-one talked of these things. She was absolutely horrified at what she was going to go through. Now on reflection, I feel sorry for her, though at least we educated her to some degree.
    I told a friend studying nursing this story and she said: "I would have told her the baby will come out the same way it got in there!'
    You have to laugh sometimes I tell you!
    Cheers

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