Two health winners in Hi-Tech Awards18 May 2017
An innovation growing of the Canterbury quake that allows nurses, doctors and pharmacists to electronically share a patient's care record was a winner at the recent Hi-Tech Awards.
World TB Day: technology & nursing making a difference24 March 2017
A nursing smartphone innovation making tuberculosis treatment easier for both nurses and clients is being celebrated to mark World TB Day today.
Job future of Healthline nurses unknown6 July 2015
The fate of more than 100 Healthline nurses is unknown after another provider was chosen to launch a merged national telehealth service later this year.
Changes afoot for nurse-led telehealth service1 April 2014
Any day now, a tender is to be launched to merge the nurse-led Healthline triage phone service with helpline services ranging from gambling to poisonings.
A fifth of Kiwis seeking health information online weekly3 March 2014
About 55 per cent of Kiwis now use the internet to research health woes and one in five do it weekly or more, a national survey has found.
Free app supports stressed parents have family fun19 September 2014
A parenting tool first developed to help Christchurch’s quake-stressed parents find quick, fun ways to spend time with their children is now a free app.
Will health technology ever be as cool as Star Trek?3 August 2014
NP ANDY McLACHLAN enthuses about his love of technology and science fiction (even the really bad stuff with rubber monsters, polystyrene boulders, and fake eyebrows...) and how cool new tech might fit into the future of healthcare.
April 2017 VOL. 15 (2)
Patients and PJs: an unhealthy relationship?
Getting hospital patients out of their pyjamas and into clothes has became a worldwide social media-led movement. FIONA CASSIE finds out about #endPJparalysis and the Christchurch nurse leader behind it.
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Health navigator app of the month
FoodSwitch - Health Navigator review of a NZ-developed nutrition app that helps people find out more about the food products available on their local supermarket shelf.
Virtual clinics make their mark
Three nurses from diverse specialties share case studies of using telehealth technology to make life simpler for their patients.
June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)
Long-term conditions: helping patients use apps and eHealth for self-management
A dizzying amount of digital help is now potentially available for nurses to help patients self-manage their long-term conditions. FIONA CASSIE seeks some advice from the experts on what technology nurses can add to their toolkits.
Cyberbullying in nursing: what is happening?
Workplace cyberbullying is an insidious form of bullying that can stalk you from the hospital to home via the phone in your pocket. Researcher Natalia D’Souza wants to talk to nurses who may have experienced unwanted aggressive behaviour via any form of electronic media from text and email to social media and instant messaging. FIONA CASSIE reports.
LTC Case study: teleDOTS
Mobile video apps for face-to-face connection: Reducing the time public health nurses spend stuck in Auckland’s traffic can only be a good thing.
LTC Case Study: Diabetes text alerts
Crossing the digital divide with diabetes text messages: 'Old school’ text messaging is at the heart of an mHealth project to help motivate and support people with poorly controlled diabetes.
April 2016 Vol 16 (2)
Safe relationships: an app for young people
PROFESSOR JANE KOZIOL-McLAIN, a longstanding researcher into family violence, is leading a research team currently working with young people to develop a ‘healthy relationships’ smartphone app to be piloted in schools next year.
December 2015 Vol 15 (6)
Why aren’t nurses keeping ahead of the IT tsunami?
Too few nurses are actively involved in the IT projects impacting on everyday nursing care of patients. Nursing Review reports on Kim Mundell’s recent speech to the National Nursing Informatics Conference on why more nurses need to be involved and what barriers may be getting in the way.
Electronic alerts a step closer
Paperless capture of vital signs is another step closer at Canterbury District Health Board with the rollout of electronic patient observations software and an early warning score (EWS) system now underway in the first ward. Nursing Review reports
Big data: helping to make nursing more visible
A nursing mantra for much of the past two decades has been evidence-based practice. US nursing researcher Dr Karen Monsen believes it’s time to rethink that mantra and instead start mining ‘big data’ for practice-based evidence of expert nursing. Fiona Cassie reports.
October 2015 Vol 15 (5)
Childhood asthma: the inhaler that moos and miaows
Research on a ‘smart inhaler’ that moos, miaows or rings out pop tunes and makes kids with asthma use their preventer more often won young hospital pharmacist Amy Chan the recent Medicines New Zealand 2015 Value of Medicines award.
One-stop-shop for books, coffee and child health
Rotorua is well on the way to having a New Zealand-first – if not a world-first – combination of a child health hub and a public library. FIONA CASSIE talks to Gary Lees, the director of nursing for Lakes District Health Board to find out more.
Simulation: coaching Oscar performances from Millennial nursing students
GWEN ERLAM set out in her doctoral research to bridge the generation gap and find the best way to reach and teach Millennial nursing students using simulated learning environments.
February 2015 Vol 15 (1)
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)
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.
Update on sharing electronic health records
The vision for the end of 2014 was for all New Zealanders to have electronic access to their core personal health information*. The reality is that it is still some time away. NURSING REVIEW gives you an update on where sharing electronic health records between patients, practices, pharmacies, hospitals, and other health professionals is up to.
Bye bye bed chart, hello electronic 'obs'
The country's first public hospital is a step closer to farewelling the paper chart at the end of the bed and replacing it with electronic recording of nursing observations and automatic alerting of a high-risk early warning score (EWS). FIONA CASSIE finds out more.
Electronic whiteboard frees up nursing time
JODIE and PETER WOOD report on how a Whangarei Hospital orthopaedics ward developed a customised electronic whiteboard to give nurses patient details at a glance and help free up more time for direct patient care.
Smartphone speeds up ED to ward bed transition
Whangarei nurse PETER WOODS outlines how using a smartphone cut out the 'middleman' and got ED patients more quickly allocated a ward bed.
Turning ward chaos into order: data is the key
If your ward is chaos, the best argument for more staffing is hard data, says Cherrie Lowe, the Australian nurse founder and CEO of patient acuity software system TrendCare. FIONA CASSIE reports on Lowe's presentation to the recent NZNO nurse managers conference, including a major benchmarking study analysing 9.9 million nursing shifts.
May 2014 Vol 14 (2)
Caring about or caring for patients?
Is a nurse showering a patient or brushing their hair an indulgence we can longer expect in today’s hectic wards? Is team nursing and delegation of more and more personal care to health care assistants the logical and inevitable next step? FIONA CASSIE finds out more about models of care in today’s acute hospitals.
Team model shaken, showered, shifted & survived
There are probably fewer more challenging tests of teamwork than a 6.3 magnitude earthquake turning your ward into an indoor waterfall, followed by having to evacuate patients on mattresses down a sodden stairwell in ongoing aftershocks.
Learn from UK’s mistakes?
In the wake of the Francis Inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, and reports of failings in other hospitals and care homes, the UK Government asked Times journalist Camilla Cavendish to review what can be done to “ensure that unregistered staff in the NHS and social care treat all patients and clients with care and compassion”.
Right nurse, right place, and right time?
Five years down the track, implementing Safe Staffing Healthy Workplace Unit’s safe staffing tools in public hospitals is still a steady work in progress. FIONA CASSIE talks to unit director LISA SKEET about early pockets of success, TrendCare naysayers, and the need for DHBs to turn hard data into more nurses on the floor.
March 2014 Vol 14 (1)
RSS = Really Swift & Simple
KATHY HOLLOWAY shows you how to keep updated on fresh material on your favourite websites through RSS and how to catch a podcast.
January 2014 Vol 13 (8)
Privacy in the digital age
By the end of 2014, the aim is for every New Zealander to be able to electronically access their core personal health information. This prompts new challenges and new privacy issues. FIONA CASSIE talks to nursing leaders about increasing moves to shared electronic health information, about protecting privacy and why it is important for nurses – even the IT shy – to be involved every step of the way.By the end of 2014, the aim is for every New Zealander to be able to electronically access their core personal health information. This prompts new challenges and new privacy issues. FIONA CASSIE talks to nursing leaders about increasing moves to shared electronic health information, about protecting privacy and why it is important for nurses – even the IT shy – to be involved every step of the way.
ePortfolio… free and easy
An electronic portfolio record for nurses developed by Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō* (NMoĀ) – the Māori nursing workforce development programme – is now open and available to all nurses for free.
Global talk and local action
KATHY HOLLOWAY challenges nursing in New Zealand to connect globally including seeking out and learning from the findings of UK’s Francis Report into caring failures at Mid-Staffordshire
July 2013 Vol 13 (5)
Diabetes: patchy but progressing
Nursing Review checks out the momentum on the new Diabetes Care Improvement Packages and finds report cards ranging from ‘excellent’ to ‘could do better’.
Rest home in the home
Canterbury quakes saw Christchurch lose more than 650 residential care beds. One response was TotalCare – a collaborative approach led by community-based Nurse Maude to offer residential care in the home. Nursing Review reports on Sheree East’s recent presentation on the scheme to the Home Health Association conference.
April 2013 Vol 13 (4)
International Nurses Day Heroes
To celebrate International Nurses Day this year Nursing Review invited district health boards across the country to contribute stories on nursing ‘heroes’ in their region. We got stories back on just some of the unsung, innovative, compassionate, high achievers and dedicated nurses that make up the New Zealand nursing workforce.
Webinar: attending conferences the virtual way
KATHY HOLLOWAY explains how to attend a conference without leaving the house
Nightingale the first informatics nurse?
Technology will never replace the art of nursing … but it can make the job a darned sight easier. FIONA CASSIE talks to Michelle Honey, the chair of the Nursing Informatics group, about nurses using information technology to improve health care.
Floating in the cloud
KATHY HOLLOWAY answers the question: just what is cloud computing again?
Diabetes e-learning site launched for PHC nurses
A free online learning programme to help primary health care nurses meet the growing demands for diabetes care is being offered on a newly launched website.
Ambulance service wins award for tracking patients
A Christchurch system tracking ambulance patients’ journeys from initial call to ED and beyond, including multiple callouts, recently won an Australasian ambulance award for excellence.
Health literacy: finding the answers online
Dr KATHY HOLLOWAY asks what the connection between evidence-based practice and health literacy is.
e-nurses needed – click here
Electronic health records are just the tip of the e-health iceberg, and there is pressure on New Zealand nurses to understand the trends, reports KATHY HOLLOWAY.
Using iPads on nursing student clinical placements
BEV MacKAY and JANE ANDERSON report on an action research project exploring using iPads to enhance teaching support for NorthTec nursing students on clinical placements.
Leaving cookie crumbs in cyberspace
Are you an unknowing Hansel or Gretel, leaving a trail of ‘breadcrumbs’ behind you as you wend your way through the internet? KATHY HOLLOWAY explains cookies.
Matariki resolutions for the e-citizen
KATHY HOLLOWAY helps you find secure and memorable passwords to keep you safe online.
How busy is your ward?
SAFE STAFFING/ HEALTHY WORKPLACE: We report on a new electronic ‘tick-box’ tool that instantly signals hospital wide if your busy ward needs nursing help.
Safe staffing: snowed-under ED now swamped with help
Tauranga Hospital’s ‘busy’ emergency department used to often find itself at 150 per cent capacity on a daily basis. (See also "How Busy is Your Ward")
Telehealth research: empowering patients and freeing up nurses?
Can telehealth monitors in the home help nurses and doctors care for more patients with chronic conditions? Preliminary results from the country’s second telehealth research project – ASSET – indicate the answer is probably “yes”. FIONA CASSIE reports.
Two innovative prescribing initiatives to reduce medication incidents
Creative nursing approach to improving medication safety: Wairarapa DHB
Map of Medicine development at MidCentral DHB
Map of Medicine** is an electronic collection of evidence-based care “maps” connecting all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition.
Wi-fi with your latte – is public surfing safe?
Is sending a quick work email from your local café or library safe? KATHY HOLLOWAY guides you through internet security at public ‘hotspots’.
Personality testing: finding a nurses’ ‘instinctive style’
What is your ‘instinctive style’? A trial of a personality test by one of the country’s largest general practice group indicates nurses gravitate to roles that reflect their ‘innate strengths’.
BRIEFS INCLUDING:Nga Manukura pilot to commence/ Workplace computer access/ Avoid food list released/ Cancer programme for Maori
Electronic patient records move
The push for Canterbury patient records to be shared electronically was stepped up after last year’s February quake and the service is now close to being launched.
Keeping it real simulation in education
Mannequins can now convulse, blink, pee, sweat and respond to intravenous drugs. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about simulation – both low-tech and high-fidelity.
Starship simulation – high fidelity and child actors
A busload of kids draped in bandages hop and stumble into Starship, some crying, some not. And probably some giggling, as the “injured” are not accident victims but students of a local school roleplaying to test Starship emergency department’s contingency plans.
GASP: a breath of fresh air for asthma nursing?
Getting asthma under control is the aim of the simple web-based tool GASP, targeted at nurses and GPs. And its success in helping cut hospital admissions and exacerbations has made it an award winner. Fiona Cassie talks to Wendy McNaughton, the respiratory nurse behind GASP