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    Anzac nursing tragedy remembered

    7 March 2017

    Anzac nurses across the Tasman recently commemorated the Banka Island massacre -  the tragic story of nursing bravery that is to Australia military nursing what the Marquette tragedy is to New Zealand military nursing. BOB COTTON retells the story of the 21 Australian nurses who lost their lives 75 years ago in the massacre as well as the only nurse who survived to tell the tale.

April 2017 VOL. 15 (2)

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    Filipino nurses: our fastest-growing nursing workforce

    Filipino nurses are fast becoming a mainstay of the New Zealand health and aged care sector. FIONA CASSIE gained some insights into the nursing culture in the Philippines – a country estimated to have up to a staggering 200,000 unemployed nurses – during a brief visit to Manila, including why we shouldn’t take this workforce for granted.

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    Should I stay or should I go now?

    FIONA CASSIE talks to Filipino nursing leaders about Filipino pay and working conditions, what makes them stay and how they hope to entice others to stay or return to the Philippines.

August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)

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    Bullying and the 'caring profession'

    Bullying is prevalent in New Zealand workplaces and the ‘caring profession’ is far from an exception. Nursing Review reports on some challenging research on nurse bullying, some nurse leader thoughts on bullying and a nurse manager’s project to encourage nurses to be kinder to each other.

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    Starched cuffs to university caps: one nursing leader's journey

    After nearly 50 years in nursing and 35 years in nursing education JUDY KILPATRICK is set to retire at the end of the year. The self-declared “happy chappie” talks to FIONA CASSIE about a lucky career spanning starched cuffs, life-threatening illness and major milestones for the nursing profession.

April 2016 Vol 16 (2)

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    International Nurses Day 'Heroes'

    More than 52,000 nurses are practising across New Zealand and every nurse has a story. To mark International Nurses Day on 12 May, Nursing Review invited district health boards across the country to contribute stories on some of their nursing ‘heroes’ to celebrate the diversity and talent of just some of those nurses. In return, we have received tales of nurses, both unsung and high fliers, making a dedicated difference to the communities they serve. Read on and enjoy.

February 2016 Vol 16 (1)

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    Q&A with Dr Frances Hughes

    Find out more about kiwi nurse Dr Frances Hughes who is the southern hemisphere's first CEO of the International Council of Nurses. She took her up her Geneva-based post in February and on her 'bucket list' is learning another language...

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    A day in the life of an ED nurse

    Finding a bed pronto for the guy clutching his chest while another patient's screams fill the waiting room is just part of the working day for Christchurch ED nurse Erin Dooley. Follow a day in her life as she switches from a FAST (focused assessment and supportive treatment) role to facing what seems a never-ending queue as triage nurse in one of Australasia's busiest emergency departments.

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    Fun in the ward: Stories of the good old, bad old days

    Nurse researcher JOCE STEWART believes some fun and camaraderie in the ward can only be healthy for both nurses and patients. Nursing Review shares tales of laughter, mischief and collegiality amongst nurses in the 1970s and 1980s from Stewart’s thesis oral history research.

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    Māori and Pacific Nurses: Is burnout inevitable?

    Nursing Review looks at the extra expectations that are often placed on Māori and Pacific nurses and shares some advice for nurses and workplaces on how to avoid the risk of burnout.

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    Self-care for nurses

    Nurse turned life coach JAN AITKEN reflects on how well nurses look after themselves and offers some advice on self-care for nurses.

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    Are you match fit for nursing?

    LYNDA LOVATT – a nurse turned personal trainer – shares tips on being ‘match fit’ for the physical demands of nursing.

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    Gynaecological cancers: Silent no longer

    More than 1,000 New Zealand women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers every year and around 400 die of them – the majority from ovarian cancer. Nursing Review seeks to raise awareness of this female-only group of cancers, including why labelling ovarian cancer the ‘silent killer’ is not helpful, what obesity has to do with endometrial cancer, and how a vaccine can save lives. FIONA CASSIE reports.

October 2015 Vol 15 (5)

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    Q&A with Grant Brookes

    Grant Brookes is the newly elected president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. Find out what motivated him to combine the 'gentle art of nursing with the rougher one of political activity'  Also what magazine he is most likely to browse in the supermarket checkout...

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    Flu shot: masking the issue?

    Three Waikato DHB frontline staff were suspended this winter for refusing to wear a mask after declining the flu vaccine. FIONA CASSIE looks at the sometimes fraught issue of infection control campaigns that aim to reduce the risk of influenza by increasing the vaccination levels of nurses and other healthcare workers.

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    Tributes for nursing treasure Putiputi O’Brien

    Nursing taonga Putiputi O’Brien RN QSO passed away in August aged 93. NGAIRA HARKER, HEMAIMA HUGHES and KERRI NUKU pay tribute to this special nurse.

August 2015 Vol 15 (4)

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    A day in the life of a Mercy Ship nurse

    Sue Clynes' clientele is the poorest of the poor living with heartbreaking conditions of the face and jaw. Find out more about her life living and working on board the Africa Mercy hospital ship as the volunteer nurse leader of the maxillofacial team.

April 2015 Vol 15 (2)

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    In coats of grey and scarlet - New Zealand nurses at war

    One hundred years ago the first ever contingent of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service sailed out of Wellington clutching bouquets and waving multicoloured streamers. FIONA CASSIE tells the tale of how nursing fought hard for the right to accompany their boys to war and, like them, serve while battling heat stroke and dysentery in the East and trench foot on the Western Front.

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    Tragedy on the Marquette

    In October 1915 the then infant New Zealand Army Nursing Service suffered its greatest ever disaster, then or since. A torpedo struck the transport ship SS Marquette, leading to the death of 10 nurses and to great feats of bravery and tenacity by the 26 surviving nurses. FIONA CASSIE draws on nursing histories to recreate the tragic tale. 

February 2015 Vol 15 (1)

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    Q&A with Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens

    Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens is the first nursing director for the country's largest PHO, ProCare. Check out who inspired her to go nursing, her wish list for nursing and why she'd like to head to Vietnam some day.

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    Day in the life of a ... clown doctor

    Zack McCracken was a nurse for 15 years before she left to pursue her love of acting. Now she combines her passion for theatre and healthcare by working as a clown doctor.

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    Coping with shiftwork: is there a perfect roster?

    Shiftwork isn’t natural, and long-term it isn’t healthy – but it is essential for modern health care. So the challenge is to minimise the risks and maximise any lifestyle benefits. FIONA CASSIE talks to a sleep physiologist and nurse leaders to find out how to do just that.

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    Sexuality: keeping it ‘normal’

    Sexuality is central to being human but is not always a topic we are ready to discuss indepth over a cup of coffee or raise with our patients. Nursing Review asked Mary Hodson, a therapist specialising in emotional and sexual intimacy, to share some thoughts on maintaining your sexual wellbeing.

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    Mental health matters: boosting nurses’ wellbeing

    Four years on, Christchurch’s nurses are still driving on bumpy roads to workplaces that are often temporary or under repair before returning to a home that may still be cracked or leaking. And with a $650 million rebuild, redevelopment and reshuffle of hospital services underway over the next four years and increasing demand for mental health services, it seems there is little relief in sight.

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    Wellbeing messages relevant to all

    FIONA CASSIE talks to SUE TURNER, manager of Canterbury’s All Right? wellbeing initiative, about one small silver lining of the quakes – people’s awareness of their own mental health – and how All Right? is helping people restore and maintain their personal wellbeing.

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    Laughter is the best medicine? You must be joking…

    Nursing Review takes a quick look at the science of laughter before getting down to the serious stuff of sharing some nursing humour.

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    Skin care for the busy nurse

    Looking after our skin often comes a distant second to extramural study, full-time work and looking after family in the busy world of today’s nurses. Cosmetic nurse LARA MOLLOY shares some practical and quick skin care tips for nurses on the go.

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    Balancing the ‘e’ and ‘health’ in e-health

    KATHY HOLLOWAY looks at e-health from a nursing perspective and the need to remember that the ‘e’ should stand not just for ‘electronic’ health but for ‘enhanced’ health.

December 2014 Vol 14 (6)

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    Simulation the answer to relieve pressured nurses?

    Can you halve the time student nurses spend on the ward or with a nurse in the community and still train a clinically competent nurse? A major US study has proven you can by replacing half the traditional clinical placement hours with quality simulation scenarios. 

October 2014 Vol 14 (5)

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    A day in the life of a ... school nurse

    Heather Laxon's job as a school nurse at Mangere College is a lot more complicated than the stereotype of patching scraped knees. Read on to discover the complexities the modern school nurses faces.

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    Q&A with Anne Brebner

    New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses President Anne Brebner describes her career progression, what she loves most about being a nurse leader, and how she would improve the New Zealand health system.

January 2014 Vol 13 (8)

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    Ms “Median” profiles

    We profile two nurses still nursing 20 plus years on after graduating in the early 90s when jobs were even tougher to get than now.


July 2013 Vol 13 (5)

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    A proud cross to bear

    Gisborne nurse Janet Askew loves her garden, being a grandma, and working in some of the world’s worst trouble spots. A decade of working in war-torn Sudan to natural disaster-hit Indonesia recently won her Red Cross’s highest international nursing award ­– the Florence Nightingale Medal. She tells FIONA CASSIE why she loves her work.

February 2013

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    Two years on and not forgotten

    It is two years since the first quake victim was carried into Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department – a young girl scooped up by a stranger from the rubble. FIONA CASSIE talks to ED nurse researcher SANDY RICHARDSON about her personal research project collecting more than 90 stories from staff working in ED on 22 February 2011 – and why after the heroic phase comes the flat.

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May 2012

November 2011

  • A cut above the rest

    The country’s first registered nurse first surgical assistant graduates not only have a hands-on role at the operating table but also before and after their patient is wheeled into theatre. Nursing Review finds out more.

  • Dementia patients face "triple jeopardy

    Nurses need to get dementia care right across all sectors, not just residential aged care, believes Scottish nursing professor June Andrews.

  • One-stop online shop for nursing procedures

    MICHAEL BLAND and JOHN CLAYTON outline a project to provide up-to-date nursing procedures online to all nurses in the Midland region.

  • Earlybirds mentor ‘fledgling’ NPs

    Once a week, a group of Auckland gerontology nurse specialists and NPs gather together to share and learn.

  • The homely touch

    Seeing the elderly in their own homes was a key to the success of an early intervention pilot for a specialist gerontology nurse role in primary care. Nursing Review finds out more about the piloted role and its future.

  • Aged care supporting NP interns

    FIONA CASSIE interviews two nurses appointed to the country’s first NP intern positions in the residential aged-care sector at providers Bupa and Selwyn.

October 2011

September 2011

  • Nurses shirking duty, or informed choice:

    A recent UK Nursing Times editorial argues it is little wonder that patients don’t follow treatment regimens when nurses are so divided over the ‘flu vaccine.

  • Quake shakes cold chain

    Diane Bos and fellow Christchurch immunisation coordinators recently addressed the National Immunisation Conference on lessons learnt from the Christchurch quake for the vaccine cold chain. FIONA CASSIE talks to Bos.

  • Cold-chain monitoring goes digital

    The random audit process to see how well New Zealand is at keeping the cold chain has now gone digital.

  • Nanopatch could remove needle phobia and cold chain problems

    A needle-free vaccine delivery system may be a step closer after major investment into an Australian researcher’s pioneering work

  • Being cool about the cold chain

    A cleaner accidentally pulling the plug on your vaccine fridge over the weekend could see thousands of dollars of vaccine lost. FIONA CASSIE finds some cold chain tips from Karen Green of the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC).

November 2010 Vol 11 Issue 7

  • Men’s health: more than throwing a pill

    web p BruceYarwood2 Bruce Yarwood is a bloke and a practice nurse. If that combination is not rare enough, the practice he works in is dedicated to men’s health. Fiona Cassie finds out more about this army nurse manager turned men’s health specialist.

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  • Easing transition back home

    web 88852494 Taking practice nursing into the home – to ease the rehab of elderly patients – was the aim of a Nurse Practitioner Facilitation project by Rotorua NP-in-the-making Vicky Gaunt. Fiona Cassie reports.

  • Stroke initiatives dubbed by Roundtable

    web 103922163 Stroke is one of the first focuses for The Health Roundtable. Hilary Boyd, a consultant for the Australasian organisation which all our district health boards are signed up to, outlines the stroke initiatives and the Roundtable’s role.

July 2010

  • Reaching out to the hard-to-reach

    For nearly two decades the WONS health trust has been reaching out to Auckland women who otherwise fall below the radar of the health service. FIONA CASSIE talks to WONS founding trustee, nurse and CEO Ruth Davy about their work.

  • More support post-miscarriage needed says PhD scholar

    Better funding is needed to improve the health workforce’s support of women after miscarriage, says midwife Cassie Kenney whose PhD looked at miscarriage.

May 2010

  • The inventive mother of all nurses

    2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s death and the 150th anniversary of the publishing of her Notes on Nursing. Nursing Review pays tribute to the mother of modern nursing, to mark the International Year of the Nurse and International Nurses’ Day – Florence’s birthday. FIONA CASSIE looks at the life, works and words of the world’s most famous nurse

  • Reflections on Florence

    So what does Florence Nightingale mean to nurses working today? Nursing Review asks nursing leaders what they remember or use from Nightingale’s teachings and how relevant they believe these to be in the 21st century 

April 2010

  • Heartfelt humour from nurse novelist

    You need a sense of humour to be a nurse, says Michelle Holman. But not many write for laughs. Fiona Cassie talks to Holman – a published Kiwi romantic comedy novelist and nurse

March 2010

  • An NP in the community

    FIONA CASSIE talks to DEB GILLON, one of the country’s newest NPs in one of the rarest roles – an aged care NP in the community

February 2010

  • Back to school

    As schools go back this month so will public health nurses as they start the second year of a cervical cancer vaccine “catch-up” programme in schools. FIONA CASSIE finds out more

September 2009

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    NZ nursing history: 100 years of NZNO

    In 1909 New Zealand nurses formed the first national voice for nursing. For much of its first 100 years this voice recoiled at becoming a union but eventually evolved into the dual professional and industrial roles of today’s New Zealand Nurses Organisation. Fiona Cassie in 2009 looked back at NZNO's history.

January 2010

  • Skin deep

    WENDY DUCKETT found herself specialising in a particularly antipodean field – skin cancer – soon after arriving in New Zealand. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about the nursing voice on the Skin Cancer Collegiate Association