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    New Te Reo terms for mental health go global

    7 July 2017

    News of a new Māori glossary translating and creating 200 words in Te Reo for mental health and disability issues has gone global.

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    MH nurses morale lowest for decades says PSA organiser

    6 July 2017

    Morale amongst mental health nurses is at the lowest ebb since he began working in the sector more than 25 years ago, says mental health nurses organiser Ashok Shankar.

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    MH nursing vacancies create pressure

    5 July 2017

    High vacancy rates for mental health nurses were not new but still concerning with nurses sometimes overwhelmed by patient demand, say nursing leaders.

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    Southern nursing leadership shake-up

    4 July 2017

    Strong opposition to nursing leadership changes at Southern District Health Board has seen some positions saved but major job changes are still afoot.

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    UK nurse numbers falling: working conditions one of top reasons

    4 July 2017

    For the first time in recent history more nurses and midwives left the United Kingdom workforce than joined, new figures from the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council reveal.

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    NZNO: health budget shortfall 'irresponsible'

    3 July 2017

    Nurses' union NZNO leaders are describing as "irresponsible" an estimated $101 million funding shortfall in national health services – like public health and workforce training – included in the latest CTU budget analysis 

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    "Just so crazy": nursing student meets Queen

    3 July 2017

    "Follow your passions" is the advice shared by the Otago Polytechnic student whose work founding an anti-bullying group saw her receiving a special award from the Queen.

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    Historic pay rises start tomorrow

    30 June 2017

    The historic and long-awaited pay jump for aged care and community caregivers comes into affect tomorrow – five years after the landmark pay equity case was filed.  But debate continues, reports INsite magazine, over whether the cost of the 15 to 50 per cent pay rise will be fully funded by the government.

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    Call for no 'bullying' tactics with 'vaccinate or mask' policy

    30 June 2017

    Nursing union NZNO is calling for no 'bullying tactics' by Waikato District Health Board as the board's 'vaccinate or mask' policy comes into effect with the declaring of the flu season.

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    Flu and mask season underway at Waikato

    29 June 2017

    Unvaccinated nurses – and hospital visitors – will be expected to mask up when with patients from Monday onwards at Waikato hospitals after the 'flu season was declared.

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    'Self-vaccination' a possibility after flu patch trial

    28 June 2017

    A flu 'patch' that doesn't need a nurse to administer or 'cold chain' storage has been successfully trialled as an alternative to the traditional flu shot, says a study published in the Lancet today.

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    Scholarships closing soon

    28 June 2017

    Applications for scholarships to attend this year's Nursing Informatics conference close this Friday and a scholarship to attend a respiratory conference in Milan close in a fortnight.

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    Sugar tax and water-only pledge

    27 June 2017

    Political parties were grilled about their stance on a sugar tax at a conference run yesterday by advocacy group Fighting Sugary in Soft Drinks (FIZZ), the New Zealand Herald reports.  At the one day conference the New Zealand soft drink manufacturing body also unveiled its pledge for all members to only sell bottled water to primary and intermediate schools.

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    Typhoid outbreak 'shortcomings' created undue public concern

    27 June 2017

    Communication and cultural 'shortcomings' are highlighted in a review of the Auckland typhoid outbreak that hit a Pacific church congregation earlier this year.

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    Sugar labelled the new tobacco

    26 June 2017

    Sugar has been labelled the "new tobacco" by scientists concerned by just how much of it we are now consuming, reports the New Zealand Herald in the lead-up to today's FIZZ symposium  in Auckland.

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    Aged care equal pay: a win for caregivers and a loss for nurses?

    22 June 2017

    From 1 July some caregivers will be earning the same as the nurses who supervise them. How will this impact on aged care nursing? FIONA CASSIE reports in this sneak preview from the next print edition of Nursing Review.

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    DHB nurses to pursue pay equity

    22 June 2017

    The nursing union NZNO has tabled its intent to pursue a pay equity claim for district health board nurses.

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    DHB nurse pay talks underway: safe staffing top of agenda

    21 June 2017

    Nurses' contract claims are being costed as bargaining gets underway between the 20 district health boards and nurses' union NZNO – with urgent action to address understaffing top of the nursing agenda.

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    MH support workers lodge pay equity claim

    19 June 2017

    A pay equity claim on behalf of mental health support workers will today be lodged with the Employment Relations Authority, reports the New Zealand Herald.

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    Elder Abuse Week: family most common abusers

    15 June 2017

    Family members are the alleged abusers in more than three-quarters of the more than 2000 elder abuse referrals received each year, says Age Concern.

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    Supreme Court backs DHB's smoking ban

    14 June 2017

    A health board's smoke-free policy has been unanimously backed by the Supreme Court after it was challenged by a patient, the New Zealand Herald reports.

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    Perinatal deaths at new low

    13 June 2017

    Reduced smoking and fewer teenage mothers may have helped contribute to the lowest perinatal death rate since reporting began in 2007.

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    Nursing school switch

    12 June 2017

    From next year Timaru's new nursing students will be switching nursing schools. 

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    New health-focused targets

    12 June 2017

    The government has switched its health-focused "Better Public Services" targets away from rheumatic fever and immunisation rates to broader antenatal and avoiding child hospitalisation targets.

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    IPC Nurses College Conference 2017

    8 June 2017

    The New Zealand Infection Prevention and Control Nurses College is calling for abstracts for its 2017 Conference taking place in Auckland in October. Registrations are open now for the Conference being held from October 16-18 at the Grand Millenum Auckland.

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    New diploma RN prescribers here soon

    8 June 2017

    About 15 registered nurse prescribers have now been authorised since the new prescribing pathway came into affect last September. But numbers are expected to grow soon with the first graduates of the new postgraduate diplomas in RN prescribing due this winter. 

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    Number of children and teens on anti-depressants doubles

    7 June 2017

    The number of children and teenagers on Prozac-style anti-depressants has soared 98 per cent in the last 10 years to a total of nearly 15,000 young people last year, reports the New Zealand Herald.

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    Lifetime's work in Maori mental health rewarded

    6 June 2017

    A mental health nurse's lifetime work in supporting Māori mental health has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The Northern Advocate's Peter de Graaf's reports that Caroline "Moe" Milne's interest in mental health was sparked by a 14-year-old classmate at high school.

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    Postgrad study as a new grad? Too much or just right?

    2 June 2017

    The views of graduate nurses on whether postgraduate study in your new graduate year adds or takes away from the experience are being sought in an online survey.

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    Two-thirds of Kiwi nurses support assisted dying

    2 June 2017

    Two-thirds of Kiwi nurses and a third of doctors support legalising assisted dying after witnessing "many undignified and frankly awful deaths", a new report has found, reports Sam Hurley of the New Zealand Herald.

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    Nurse's plea for domestic violence leave law change

    2 June 2017

    A nurse has spoken about losing her job after suffering violence and rape at the hands of her partner - urging Parliament to back domestic violence leave, reports Nicholas Jones of the New Zealand Herald.

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    Nurses present smokefree petition

    1 June 2017

    A petition urging the Government to fully fund smoking cessation and advocacy services was presented by nursing union NZNO yesterday to mark World Smokefree Day.

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    World Smokefree Day: Smokefree dairies? Smokefree 2025 goal needs re-kickstart?

    31 May 2017

    A call has gone out on World Smokefree Day to make the country's dairies cigarette free after recent reports of cigarette theft-linked violent attacks on dairy owners.

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    Nursing student's anti-bullying work royally rewarded

    31 May 2017

    An Otago Polytechnic nursing student is off to London to meet the Queen in honour of the teenager's work founding a youth-led anti-bullying group.

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    Kiwis on world stage

    30 May 2017

    Kiwis have been centre stage at the International Council of Nurses 2017 congress now underway in Barcelona with more than 8000 nurses from across the globe attending.

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    Nurses receiving bond payouts

    30 May 2017

    More than 1200 nurses who signed up to work for at least three years in a hard to staff specialty or community have now received voluntary bonding payments.

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    "Not deskilling us at all"

    29 May 2017

    In this opinion piece JED MONTAYRE responds to comments in a recent Nursing Review article: Filipino Nurses: our fastest growing nursing workforce[sitetree_link,id=2067]. In the article some Manila-based Philippine nursing leaders questioned whether Filipino nurses risk being deskilled by being pigeon-holed into working in the aged care sector in New Zealand.

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    Health budget boost mostly underwhelms

    26 May 2017

    A record boost in health funding in election year has still left many nurse and health leaders frustrated and underwhelmed that it will not resolve underlying issues in the health sector.

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    New MH innovation fund

    25 May 2017

    The $25 million a year new funding to introduce a social investment approach to trialling early mental health initiatives has been welcomed by some but described as "like giving a starving dog a rubber bone" by others.

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    Health Budget 2017 at a glance

    25 May 2017

    The historic pay equity settlement and cost pressures take up the lion's share of the Government's record $825 million boost to the health budget for the coming year. Nursing Review gives you  rundown where the health dollars are being spent next year – and where they are not.

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    Survey seeks greater voice for rural nurses

    25 May 2017

    Rural nurses are being surveyed and urged to vote for a working group to up the profile of nurses working rurally from small town hospitals to remote communities. 

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    Differing views on aged care nursing shortage

    24 May 2017

    Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner yesterday contradicted concerns about future shortfalls in aged care nursing numbers saying nursing numbers "were more than keeping pace" with growing aged care needs.

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    New pressure injury guide launched

    23 May 2017

    New guiding principles for preventing pressure injuries launched last week are part of a wider project including developing a national approach to reporting pressure injuries.

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    Aged care survey finds pay and stress key issues for nurses

    23 May 2017

    Nearly 70 per cent of aged care nurses are dissatisfied with their pay according to the New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey. And stress was the most common cause of work-related illnesses reported by both nurses and their managers.

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    Unions: Health Budget needs $1.1 billion just to retain status quo

    22 May 2017

    Unions say health needs at least an extra $1.1 billion in the Budget if health care is not to go backwards.  And a $2.3 billion boost for the health sector to regain the same spending power it had seven years ago.

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    Two health winners in Hi-Tech Awards

    18 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.

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    Training of most NPs still being done 'on a shoestring'

    18 May 2017

    Nurse practitioner training shouldn't still need to rely on goodwill and keep facing funding uncertainty, say NP training providers.

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    Pilot NP interns from Kaikohe to Invercargill now registered and working

    17 May 2017

    Eighteen graduates from the pilot fully-funded NP training programme are now registered and starting work as NPs – half of them in primary health care.

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    Tripling of NP registrations in one year

    17 May 2017

    Increased support for the NP role and streamlined registration processes contributed to 77 new NPs being registered last year – more than triple the rate of previous years, says the Nursing Council.

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    Nurse's PhD calls for better service for Samoans at risk of heart disease

    16 May 2017

    Nurses need to involve the whole family of Samoan heart risk patients for lifestyle changes to be made, says nurse researcher Tua Taueetia-Su’a who graduated with her PhD today.

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    Kiwi nurses awarded Florence Nightingale medal

    16 May 2017

    A record three Kiwi nurses – who have served from Gaza to Ebola-struck Liberia – have been announced as winners of the International Red Cross's highest nursing award – the Florence Nightingale Medal.

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    Happy International Nurses Day

    12 May 2017

    Nursing Review wishes you the very best on International Nurses Day.  Check out a video that celebrates the special impact 'everyday' nurses make every day around the world and calls on nurses to be proud and speak-up about the difference they make.

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    Voice from the past

    11 May 2017

    ‘When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life." Hear Florence Nightingale's only voice recording…

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    Nurse brews beer for good cause

    9 May 2017

    A ginger-infused lager is being brewed by nursing lecturer Vicki Yarker Jones to support the hospice that supports her nursing students.

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    Home care option wins award for orthopaedic nurse

    8 May 2017

    An option allowing some patients with fractured ankles to go home while waiting for surgery has won a Tauranga nurse a leadership award.

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    Survey indicates nursing school job rates vary widely

    3 May 2017

    The employment rate for November graduates from the country's nursing schools varied from around half to 94 per cent, according to the latest survey findings.

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    Historic equity deal signed today

    2 May 2017

    Care worker Kristine Bartlett today signed the historic equity pay settlement affecting around 55,000 aged care sector caregivers and health care assistants after a long campaign that she was the public face of.

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    NP numbers starting to soar

    2 May 2017

    A more than 30 per cent leap in nurse practitioner numbers in the previous year was celebrated at the biannual Nurse Practitioners New Zealand conference at the weekend. 

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    NZNO leader again puts Māori nurse case to UN

    28 April 2017

    In New York today NZNO kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku repeated her call to a United Nations forum for a Māori nursing workforce strategy to help meet Māori health needs.

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    New action plan on way to combat antimicrobial resistance

    27 April 2017

    Educating health professionals on antibiotic alternatives and making infection control teams more multidisciplinary will be part of the country's first antimicrobial resistance (AMR) action plan.

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    Trial of third level of nurse prescribing underway

    26 April 2017

    Nearly 70 primary health and family planning nurses from Invercargill to Whangarei are trialling a third level of nurse prescribing. The new limited level of prescribing rights – to be known as registered nurse prescribing in community health – is aimed at nurses currently using standing orders and is a step below the registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teams which got underway in September last year.

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    Strong to steady demand for nursing degree places

    25 April 2017

    Ongoing media reports of nursing graduates struggling to find work is not deterring applicants, with an informal nursing school survey finding generally buoyant to steady demand for 2017 intakes. Seventeen of the 18 nursing schools offering pre-registration nursing degrees responded to Nursing Review's survey on 2017 enrolment trends.

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    Most Kiwi flu virus carriers unaware

    21 April 2017

    Nurses are being urged to get their flu jab this season to protect vulnerable patients as New Zealand research indicates up to 80 per cent of people infected with the flu are unaware.

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    Nurse flu vaccine uptake rates vary widely

    21 April 2017

    The top region for nurse flu vaccination rates last year was once again Tairawhiti – topping Waikato and Northland, which both have 'vaccinate or mask' (VOM) policies.

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    Survey finds mixed support for EN graduates

    20 April 2017

    Interest in enrolled nursing programmes is very mixed across the country, with nursing schools reporting employment rates varying from poor to very good.

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    $2b pay equity deal boosts caregivers' incomes

    18 April 2017

    The long-awaited pay equity settlement for health workers will see the caregiver hourly pay within five years match the current pay rate for new graduate nurses.

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    Nursing forum readying for "radical shift"

    13 April 2017

    Readying nursing for a "radical shift" to meet future health challenges is the topic for a one-day forum next week being attended by the country's top nursing leaders.

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    Minister says MH nurse numbers on the up

    11 April 2017

    The health minister has responded to recent reports of mental health beds being closed because of nursing shortages by saying the number of mental health nurses is increasing faster than other nursing areas.

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    Young neighbourhood nurse a winner

    10 April 2017

    A young nurse serving the high-needs Aranui community in east Christchurch has won an award for emerging healthcare leaders.

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    Mental health nursing shortage hits unit

    7 April 2017

    Nurse shortages will see three beds temporarily closed in Wellington Hospital's Te Whare o Matairangi mental health unit.

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    "Getting harder to do the work we are trained for…"

    6 April 2017

    In an open letter to the public the NZNO are calling for people to enrol and vote for political parties committed to increasing health funding.

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    Survey finds nursing injury and infection levels high

    5 April 2017

    Just under a quarter of nurses reported a workplace injury or related-infection in the past two years in an ongoing upward trend, according to the latest NZNO nursing survey.

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    April Falls month focuses on reducing life-changing falls

    4 April 2017

    The latest fall statistics indicate serious injuries from in-hospital falls are still on the decrease, says the nurse who has lead the Reducing Harm from Falls campaign since the outset in 2013.

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    Kaikoura quake response honoured

    3 April 2017

    The Kaikoura GPs awarded the 2017 Peter Snow Memorial Award paid tribute to the wider nursing and admin team who responded in the night and days following the devastating quake of 14 November 2016.

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    UK nurses say pay cap is "bitter blow"

    29 March 2017

    UK nursing media are reporting nursing's disappointment at a one per cent capped pay rise for NHS nurses in England, Scotland and Wales.

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    Decline in new nurses in mentored rest home programmes

    28 March 2017

    The number of new nurses being employed by rest homes and aged care hospitals through mentored new graduate programmes has fallen this year, despite keen applicants still job-hunting.

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    Where are new graduates getting jobs?

    28 March 2017

    Once again around 60 per cent of new nurses have gained a graduate placement by March, leaving 551 still job-hunting. The latest job statistics also provides a region-by-region breakdown of which areas are employing the greatest proportion of new graduates.

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    Rural workforce training options to be debated

    27 March 2017

    Two health education proposals to help meet a chronic shortage of rural health professionals are on the agenda of this week's National Rural Health Conference.

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    World TB Day: technology & nursing making a difference

    24 March 2017

    A nursing smartphone innovation making tuberculosis treatment easier for both nurses and clients is being celebrated to mark World TB Day today.

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    Latest survey indicates nurses morale falling but burnout levels low

    22 March 2017

    Restructuring and heavy workloads have seen nursing morale fall in the latest NZNO biennial nursing survey but despite this few nurses are indicating signs of burnout.

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    Kiwi connection to new poem by UK nurse-poet star

    20 March 2017

    A special nursing poem on valuing the time of elderly patients – launched last week at England's Chief Nursing Officer's annual summit – has a Kiwi connection.

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    Kiwi nursing schools make top 100 again

    10 March 2017

    Two Kiwi nursing schools are still ranked in the top 100 nursing schools in a global university survey but are outpaced by Australian schools which now have two schools in the top ten.

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    Nurses make mark on rheumatic fever rates

    9 March 2017

    World first research showing sore throat clinics in South Auckland schools helped dramatically drop rheumatic fever rates justifies the hard work put in by nurses and whānau workers, says nurse leader and co-researcher Lizzie Farrell.

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    Great start but fatigue survey still wants more nurses' voices

    8 March 2017

    About 3500 nurses have so far taken part in the country's first nursing fatigue survey but researchers are keen for more – particularly mental health nurses – before the survey closes at the end of March.

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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.

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    Palliative care nursing: the privilege of sharing a difficult journey

    6 March 2017

    Northland nursing tutor and palliative care nurse Michael McGivern reflects on providing palliative care – the skills, the rewards and the challenges – and encourages others to enter the field.

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    ED nurse takes to road with 'underfunding' campaign

    3 March 2017

    An ED nurse has put his career on hold to take to the road with a combined health unions' national roadshow kicking off tomorrow in Bluff.

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    Nurses dominate survey saying workloads 'unreasonable'

    2 March 2017

    Workload and work pressures have increased in the past five years according to 84% of health workers responding to a health unions' survey. And 72% of the nearly 6,000 respondents surveyed this summer say their workloads aren't reasonable.

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    Flu vaccine during pregnancy study adds to evidence

    1 March 2017

    A new study of Australian women getting the flu vaccine while pregnant has added to the safety evidence of immunisation during pregnancy.

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    New NP interns and NP training videos

    28 February 2017

    The second cohort of nurse practitioner trainees under the pilot NP training programme are underway. New video resources have also been released outlining what is involved in supervising and mentoring an NP in the making.

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    DHB Nurses MECA next off the block

    23 February 2017

    With the junior doctors' long-running roster row nearly settled, the next major health negotiations to get underway, the NZNO DHB Nurse MECA, is also likely to have a safe-staffing focus.

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    Rural NP says urgent need for safe water

    23 February 2017

    There is an urgent public health need to have confidence in our fresh water systems much sooner than 2040, says Rural GP Network chair and NP Sharon Hansen 

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    Campaigns kick-off to make health an election issue

    21 February 2017

    Two election year campaigns are underway by health sector unions calling for an urgent $1.8 billion funding injection into the health system.

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    Call to halve reliance on overseas nurses

    20 February 2017

    Importing overseas nurses is a major factor in driving down wages and pay equity in the aged care sector, says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). The hard-hitting discussion paper on nurse migration also advocates halving New Zealand's reliance on overseas nurses by 2030.

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    New addiction act could see demand upsurge

    17 February 2017

    Increased demand for addiction services and addiction nurses could follow a new Act streamlining the compulsory treatment order process for people with severe addiction.

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    Fun app for learning te reo health terms

    13 February 2017

    Unsure what 'hot', 'sore' or 'unwell' is in te reo? Then a new game app for teaching common health terms used in Māori could be for you.

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    Phishing report confirms database leak unintentional

    8 February 2017

    An independent review of a 2016 incident in which tens of thousands of nurse and caregiver emails were released by the NZNO to a scammer found it to be an unintentional mistake by keen-to-be-helpful staff.

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    Nursing budget blow-outs

    8 February 2017

    Increased patient demand and outstanding annual leave contributed to some district health board's nursing budgets blowing out last year, according to nursing directors. More at-risk patients requiring 1:1 watches and shorter patient stays were also contributing to pressure on nursing budgets, the directors told Nursing Review.

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    Return-to-school asthma spike warning

    25 January 2017

    With kids about to return to school, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is calling for preventive action to reduce the annual spike in asthma hospitalisations.

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    NZNO advocates for option of assisted dying

    19 January 2017

    Submissions closed this week on the draft position statement from the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) that advocates for individuals having the right to the option of medically assisted dying (AD). Right to Life, a pro-life organisation, has responded by saying it was "very concerned" that NZNO wasn't defending patients against the "threat of euthanasia and a culture of death".

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    Happy Holidays

    24 December 2016

    Wishing everybody a happy and healthy 2017!  Nursing Review is having a summer break and will be back online in the week starting January 16.  Many thanks for your readership this year and we look forward to seeing you back in the New Year.  

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    New heads for nursing schools

    21 December 2016

    New heads for Massey and Auckland universities' nursing schools and Kiwi midwife to head Dutch-based International Confederation of Midwives. Read on for details of some recent job appointments.

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    Drunk ED patients more likely this side of Tasman

    21 December 2016

    As we head into the summer party season a snapshot survey shows New Zealand has double the rate of alcohol-related presentations in emergency departments than across the Tasman.

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    Call for guaranteed places for all new grads

    16 December 2016

    The nurses' union NZNO is once again calling for guaranteed places for all nursing graduates on hearing that nearly half missed out on graduate nursing placements in the latest job round.

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    New grad job market steady for bumper cohort

    14 December 2016

    Job offers for new graduate nurses were back up slightly after plateauing last year but around 650 nurses will once again start the summer job-hunting. 

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    Pregnancy, poverty and persistence: A postgraduate study reality check

    29 November 2016

    Shiftworking postgraduate students falling asleep at the wheel and queries about breastfeeding on block courses. Dr MARK JONES* recently had his eyes opened to the constant and complex juggle that is postgraduate study when he temporarily filled the shoes of his nursing school's postgraduate programmes director.

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    Using words not force

    28 November 2016

    The first national programme aimed at reducing and preventing restraint of mental health clients by boosting nurses' therapeutic communication skills was launched recently.

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    Historic Nurses' Memorial Chapel to undergo $1.8M restoration

    23 November 2016

    Restoring Christchurch's quake-battered Nurses' Memorial Chapel is to get underway in the New Year, Mayor Lianne Dalziel announced today.

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    UK nurses' survey paints 'shocking picture'

    16 November 2016

    Nursing professionals in the United Kingdom are nearly twice as likely to suffer financial hardship than the general public, according to a major survey.

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    Nurses choppered into Kaikoura

    16 November 2016

    Nurses have been helicoptered in from Christchurch to relieve quake-hit colleagues in Kaikoura. Kaikoura Hospital staff also very "pleased" to be have shifted out just last year from their former more than 100-year-old hospital building.

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    Thousands of nurses victim of phishing scam

    4 November 2016

    Nursing union NZNO is apologising to members and warning them to be vigilant after a phishing scam saw tens of thousands of nurse and caregiver emails released to a scammer. 

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    Passing of long-awaited 'barriers' bill celebrated

    2 November 2016

    After a decade in the making the bill that removes legal barriers that have hindered nurse practitioner and nurse practice was finally passed by parliament this week.

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    "Awesome" being country's first RN prescriber

    2 November 2016

    Her first script was for paracetamol but writing it herself was "still an awesome feeling", says the country's first registered nurse prescriber.

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    Filipino nurse migration trends up and Indian down

    21 October 2016

    Nurses from the Philippines were this year once again New Zealand's biggest source of new overseas qualified nurses, according to the latest Nursing Council statistics

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    Kiwi nurses buck migration trend

    21 October 2016

    The number of Kiwi nurses seeking to work across the Tasman is up again this year after dropping to a new low last year.

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    New NP leader as NP numbers top 200

    20 October 2016

    A new chair has been elected for Nurse Practitioners New Zealand as the number of nurse practitioners practising around the country tops 200 for the first time.

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    'Business as usual' or leave for nurses during strike

    17 October 2016

    Some nurses have been given the option of taking annual leave as public hospitals around the country postpone elective surgery and outpatient clinics in the lead-up to the junior doctors' strike.

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    Shift working nurses: how fatigued are you?

    4 October 2016

    A national online survey into nurse fatigue is launching this week and shift working nurses are being urged to share their work and sleep patterns.

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    Snapshot survey shows nurses missing out

    3 October 2016

    About 30 per cent of postgraduate nursing students are self-funding their studies a snapshot survey has revealed.

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    Pilot to boost Māori in PHC

    30 September 2016

    A pilot to boost Māori nurse numbers in primary health care is underway in South Auckland with four graduates employed and a New Year intake to follow.

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    Nursing student hitting the road

    23 September 2016

    Nursing student Kazushi Noiri is hitting the road next month to walk from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise funds for arthritis and he wouldn't mind some company.

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    How many international nursing students do we train?

    22 September 2016

    International student fees bring in $1 billion a year. Do our 19 nursing schools limit how many international fee-paying student nurses they enrol? Nursing Review reports its survey findings. 

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    Prescribing milestone welcomed

    21 September 2016

    The coming into force this week of regulations allowing suitably qualified registered nurses to prescribe for straightforward conditions is "absolutely fantastic", says chief nursing officer Dr Jane O'Malley.

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    NZNO shares members' diverse views on assisted dying

    21 September 2016

    Nurses acknowledge that assisted dying is likely to become legal in New Zealand but hold a diverse range of perspectives on the issue, NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku told Parliament's Health Committee today.

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    RN prescribing great but training funding tight

    16 September 2016

    The new right for registered nurses to prescribe is welcomed by Professor Jenny Carryer but she also questions whether training funding is enough to meet the "huge education commitment" required.

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    Applications open Oct 1 for first RN prescribers

    16 September 2016

    The right for registered nurses to prescribe comes into force on September 20 and just days later applications open for nurses seeking to be the first RN prescribers.

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    Daughter humbled by following iconic mother in winning award

    8 September 2016

    Nurse practitioner Pareake O'Brien says she is stunned to win the Te Akenehi Hei Award that was also awarded to her late mother Putiputi O'Brien more than a decade ago.

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    Young Nurse of the Year wants to make her children proud

    8 September 2016

    A once "rebellious" teenage mum and now passionate convert to rural outreach nursing says she is humbled to be the joint winner of the Young Nurse of the Year Award.

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    Filipino nursing lecturer honoured

    8 September 2016

    Finding new graduates jobs and retaining overseas-trained nurses is a workforce dilemma that joint winner of the Young Nurse of the Year award Dr Jed Montayre can see from both perspectives.

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    Canada pushing for NZ's safe staffing model

    7 September 2016

    Canada's nursing unions will be putting a case for a similar safe staffing system to New Zealand's, says Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions' president Linda Silas.

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    Kiwi nurse leader home from Geneva

    7 September 2016

    Advocating for hospital nurses to be safe from falling bombs is one of New Zealander Dr Frances Hughes's recent duties as Geneva-based leader of the International Council of Nurses.

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    Patients: the special kind of teacher

    2 September 2016

    Recent nurse graduate ROSALIE DAVIS shares a poignant nursing and life lesson she learnt from a wise healthcare assistant and a frail dementia patient.

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    Smokefree Nurses back e-cigarettes

    16 August 2016

    E-cigarettes containing nicotine should be freely for sale and organisations allowed to decide where people can 'vape' to help people quit tobacco, says Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa.

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    Nurses launch smokefree advocacy petition

    10 August 2016

    A New Zealand Nurses Organisation petition launched at the recent Indigenous Nurses Conference was just a few hundred signatures short of it target five days later.

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    NP barriers starting to fall

    10 August 2016

    From next week nurse practitioners will be able to join doctors and dentists in being able to issue standing orders – removing one more barrier to NP practice.

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    First RN prescriber in October?

    10 August 2016

    Nurses keen to be the first registered nurse prescribers are approaching Nursing Council with the first RN prescriber now likely to be authorised in October.

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    Anzac girls reunite

    9 August 2016

    Sister Anzac - a play that struck a chord with this generation's defence nurses – is returning for a further season in Hamilton and Auckland.

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    I don’t need an advance care plan yet... yeah right.

    6 August 2016

    A year ago Tairāwhiti nursing leader Dr Heather Robertson had started work on a draft advanced care plan when she had a traumatic car accident. She shares some hard won advice and thoughts on advanced care planning.

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    NP training scheme gets funding for another year

    2 August 2016

    News of a funding extension for a pilot nurse practitioner training programme is being welcomed as another sign of the NP movement gaining momentum.

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    New grad jobs up but just under half miss out

    21 July 2016

    Just over half of the applicants for new graduate nursing jobs in the July round were successful but 47 per cent missed out. 

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    Email error sees new graduates job hopes dashed

    21 July 2016

    A 'technical glitch' saw hundreds of new graduate nurses have their job hopes raised then dashed yesterday after an incorrect email was sent out to unsuccessful job applicants.

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    RN prescribing a legal reality

    11 July 2016

    The first registered nurse prescriber could be signing their first script on 20 September when long-awaited RN prescribing regulations come into force.

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    'Rate your nurse' website gets firm thumbs-down

    8 July 2016

    A website listing New Zealand nurses' names and offering the chance to 'review' them is being called "completely inappropriate" by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

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    What is 'nurse' in Māori?

    6 July 2016

    To mark Māori Language Week Nursing Review looks at the several Māori words for 'nurse' and which word has been chosen by NZNO for its new Māori name.

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    Faith nursing rewarded with QSM

    5 July 2016

    A founder of the faith nursing movement in New Zealand, Elaine Tyrrell, was recently honoured with a Queen's Service Medal for her nearly 20 years work in the field.

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    Daughter follows mother's nursing leadership footsteps

    1 July 2016

    The new head of EIT's nursing school Jennifer Roberts is following in the footsteps of her recently retired mother Dr Susan Jacobs, who was the longstanding health faculty dean.

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    Oral history of Māori mental health nurses goes live

    23 June 2016

    The stories of pioneering Māori mental health nurses who trained from the 1950s onwards and helped to develop today's Māori health services are preserved on a new oral history website.

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    Nurse fatigue focus of $890,000 project

    23 June 2016

    Shift working nurses will be surveyed about fatigue-related errors during a major research project to develop a cutting-edge approach to managing nurse fatigue.

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    Nurse leaders find Budget hit and miss

    27 May 2016

    Extra money for health is welcomed but it falls short of meeting health needs and investing in the health workforce needed to meet health targets, say nursing and health leaders. They also question increasing tobacco tax without increasing investment in quit-smoking programmes and social supports needed to encourage people to quit.

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    Health Budget 2016 at a glance

    26 May 2016

    Health funding has been given a spending boost in the latest Budget. Nursing Review does a quick check of the books to report on which areas have had funding increased and which areas have not.

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    Risk of too many unsupported new graduates in rest homes a 'concern'

    25 May 2016

    A survey confirming rest homes are employing high numbers of new graduates with no guaranteed mentoring is an "ongoing concern", says the nurses union NZNO.

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    New grad employment dips after record high

    25 May 2016

    The number of new graduate nurses in work is down on the same time last year at just under 74%, according to the latest graduate survey findings.

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    Another nursing education pioneer lost

    23 May 2016

    Another nursing education pioneer Yvonne Shadbolt passed away this month. Professor Liz Smythe pays tribute to the nursing leader who had a vision for a new era of nurse training and founded the forerunner of AUT's nursing school nearly 40 years ago.

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    ED 'running man' May mayhem

    23 May 2016

    The phenomenon began in early May with some dancing Kiwi cops posting a challenge and not long after nurses, doctors and paramedics around the country joined in. Check out some nurse dance moves in the Running Man Challenge videos from local DHBs.

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    Passing of nursing education pioneer

    19 May 2016

    Dr Judith Christensen, one of the pioneers of New Zealand nursing education, died this week aged 73. She was New Zealand's first nurse to gain a PhD in nursing and back in 1973 was the founder of one of the country's first nursing schools based outside of a hospital.

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    Nursing needs you!

    12 May 2016

    KIM CARTER argues if nurses want to be nursed in their own old age in the way they expect and require, they need to spread the word about the positives of nursing as a career, and not just the challenges.

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    Nursing shortage forecast cautiously more optimistic in short-term

    12 May 2016

    With bumper numbers of new nurses graduating in recent years, a new nursing forecast model indicates that fears of a nursing shortage hitting as early as 2020 is now looking less likely.

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    Nurses cleaning hands more often

    5 May 2016

    Kiwi nurses have upped their game, with the latest national statistics showing that nurses are cleaning their hands nearly 85 per cent of the required times.

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    Missing out on the 'conversations that count'

    14 April 2016

    After nursing patients with chronic kidney disease for more than two decades, Suzanne Joynt has seen the comfort and support that advance care planning (ACP) about end-of-life care can provide for patients and their families. So when her stepfather was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she hoped other nurses would be aware of its benefits too.

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    Ministry wary on flu mask policy endorsement

    14 April 2016

    Requiring unimmunised nurses to wear masks in high 'flu season is backed in a Ministry of Health letter to district health board chief executives.  The letter also hints that voluntary immunisation may not work.

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    New voice for Pacific nurses

    14 April 2016

    Helping strengthen the voice of Pacific nurses in New Zealand is one aim of the new Pan Pacific Nurses Association launched last night in Auckland.

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    Hard-line 'vaccinate or mask' 'flu policy still in place

    12 April 2016

    The district health board that suspended two unvaccinated nurses last 'flu season for refusing to wear a mask is currently sticking to its controversial policy.

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    Rural nurses achievements celebrated

    11 April 2016

    Nurses from Great Barrier Island to Franz Josef – including three new Māori nurse practitioners ­– were honoured at this month's national rural health conference.

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    New graduate nursing: stress, tears, laughter and rewards

    28 March 2016

    The first year of nursing can be a challenging initiation to the realities of the profession. Rosalie Davis spoke at the graduation of her NETP (Nursing Entry to Training Programme) year on the ups and downs of that journey. Her honest and touching speech is shared here.

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    About 40 per cent of new grads still job-hunting

    24 March 2016

    The summer is ending with 852 new graduate nurses in work but 547 remain in the talent pool still hoping for a new graduate placement.

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    Kiwi nursing schools make top world rankings

    23 March 2016

    Nursing schools worldwide have been ranked for the first time in a global university survey with two New Zealand university schools making the top 100.

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    Revised 'barriers' Bill adds new role for NPs

    9 March 2016

    The long-awaited 'barriers' bill is being revised after the select committee hearings proposed new amendments allowing NPs to supervise registered nurse prescribers.

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    Kiwi nurse leader speaks out on international stage

    9 March 2016

    Nurses have a key role in reducing the threat of antibiotic resistance that could cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050, says the new Kiwi leader of the International Council of Nurses Dr Frances Hughes.

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    Pressure injuries: not just a nursing problem

    24 February 2016

    Investing in a national prevention programme could save 30,000 New Zealanders suffering a pressure injury each year, recommends a major report. The KPMG report, The Case for investment in: A quality improvement programme to reduce pressure injuries in New Zealand, was released recently by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, ACC and the Ministry of Health.

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    Career advice puts RNs and HCAs income prospects 'on par'

    24 February 2016

    Nursing is back up a notch as a 'good' job prospect in the latest Occupation Outlook report. But the government's annual career advice report is less optimistic about nursing graduates' income prospects, which they rate as similar to health care assistants (HCAs) and less than early childhood teachers.

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    HWNZ: Nurses still play pivotal role in healthcare

    22 January 2016

    Nursing Review asked Health Workforce New Zealand for an opinion piece on HWNZ's recent and future plans and on nursing's role in that work and vision. Chair DES GORMAN and acting director RUTH ANDERSON responded.

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    Uncovering the 'hidden heart' of your patient

    22 January 2016

    ROSEMARY MINTO believes the key to making a difference to patients is finding the self-belief system driving their health behaviours. Read on to find out how out the primary health care nurse practitioner has chosen New Year's resolutions to help her to do just that.

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    ED silly season over for another year

    27 January 2016

    As the country heads back to work and school, memories of the festive season may already be starting to fade. For some, however, memories of a holiday trip to ED may not be forgotten so easily. Emergency nurse practitioner MICHAEL GERAGHTY shares an emergency nursing perspective of the summer silly season.

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    Nurse prescribing and the Queen

    27 January 2016

    As registered nurse prescribing inches closer, MARK JONES and JILL WILKINSON argue that prescribing innovations could be better and faster in the future if the Queen wasn't involved. They are calling for the proposed new Medicines Act to see a handover in power for deciding nursing's prescriptive authority from the Queen (i.e. the Crown) to the Nursing Council.

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    Summer 2015 E-Edition

    17 December 2015

    Welcome to the digital summer edition of Nursing Review. We are ending the year with this special 44 page e-edition offering a smorgasbord of summer reading – a well-balanced ‘diet’ of articles new and old including a bonus RRR on work-life balance. Click to download or view pdf. We wish all our readers a safe, fun and restorative summer break. Nursing Review is back on deck from January 18.

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    New grad jobs plateau

    9 December 2015

    Just under half of new graduate nurses are starting the summer job-hunting after job numbers plateaued and slightly fell in the latest job match round. More than 1450 graduates initially applied through the ACE clearing house for a place in a New Year intake and 735 (51%) were known to be employed by the time they sat their state final exams in mid-November.

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    Kiwi nurse to lead 13 million nurses worldwide

    8 December 2015

    Kiwi nurse Dr Frances Hughes is to lead the world's biggest nursing organisation representing more than 13 million nurses across 130 countries.

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    Safe sleep: ask the uncomfortable questions

    3 December 2015

    Safe Sleep Day is on December 4 to help ensure babies sleep safely this summer. A safe sleeping advisor tells Nursing Review that nurses often have special opportunities to ask the questions that can make a difference to vulnerable families.

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    Mixed trends for new graduate job-hunters in 2016

    10 November 2015

    Some of the country's largest hospitals are increasing their New Year intakes of new graduate nurses but another, Hutt Hospital, has cancelled its usual February intake.

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    NP training pilot oversubscribed

    5 November 2015

    Nearly 50 would-be nurse practitioners have applied for just 20 places in the first dedicated NP training programme.

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    Service commemorates lost nurses

    30 October 2015

    More than 350 people - including nurse leaders and descendants - gathered for a special memorial service 100 years to the day of the tragic sinking of the Marquette with its loss of 10 New Zealand nurses. Nursing Review shares photos and a short report on the centennial memorial of our military nursing service's greatest tragedy.

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    Marquette tragedy sparked gallantry controversy

    22 October 2015

    Controversy followed a nurse survivor raising questions over the gallantry of some men during the speedy sinking of the troop ship Marquette.

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    Centenary of war nursing tragedy

    22 October 2015

    The ten army nurses lost tragically when their ship was torpedoed a century ago this Friday will be honoured in a series of events this Labour Weekend. 

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    Government enters 'equal' pay rate talks

    20 October 2015

    Nurses' union NZNO is welcoming today's announcement that the Government will enter into pay talks for caregivers and support workers as a move towards fairer pay. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said the Government was committed to seeing caregivers and support workers recognised for their valuable work. The announcement follows the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal last year backing an Employment Court decision to go ahead with Kristine Bartlett's Equal Pay Act test case.

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    Nursing downunder: an Irish nurse's experience

    5 October 2015

    Young Irish nurse GRACE McDONALD shares how and why she chose to get her OE nursing experience down here in NZ. Kiwis are overly keen on being barefoot, their houses are cooler inside than out but their wildlife is benign and overall she reports nursing downunder is being a fantastic experience.

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    First NP placement seen as coup

    25 September 2015

    The first ever appointment of an NP into a rural general practice by a government-funded rural recruiter is hoped to open doors for more NP placements to follow.

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    Isolated West Coaster takes out National Young Nurse of the Year

    16 September 2015

    A 26-year-old nurse whose working day can range from treating glacier accident victims to running mother and baby groups has won the 2015 NZNO Young Nurse of the Year award.

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    Top nurses honoured by NZNO

    16 September 2015

    A Christchurch women's health nurse inspired by her mother's cancer death and a nursing professor specialising in interprofessional practice and perioperative care have received NZNO's top award.

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    Tributes for nursing treasure Putiputi O'Brien

    28 August 2015

    Nursing taonga Putiputi O'Brien RN QSO passed away this month aged 93.  NGAIRA HARKER of the College of Nurses Aotearoa, HEMAIMA HUGHES of Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Māori o Aotearoa (the National Council of Māori Nurses) and KERRI NUKU of Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa NZNO pay tribute to this special nurse. 

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    DHBs and nurses differ over pay deal's impact

    27 August 2015

    The recently settled  NZNO nurses' pay deal could see some district health boards face 'budgetary difficulties', says a spokesperson for the DHB chief executives. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has responded by saying it would be "very disappointed" if a modest pay rise for nurses was used by any DHB to justify cutting staff or services.

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    PSA also close to settling DHB nurse MECA

    27 August 2015

    An offer for a new pay deal covering Public Service Association nurse members in the 20 DHBs is also close, says the PSA's national DHB organiser Ashok Shankar.

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    Nurses ratify DHB pay deal

    25 August 2015

    Nurses have voted to accept a new pay deal – providing a  2 per cent pay offer this year and 2 per cent next year – with the 20 District Health Boards.

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    Increased new graduate jobs but still 57% miss out

    21 August 2015

    More new graduate nurses got jobs this July than in the past two years but still more than half of applicants missed out.

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    Nurses delighted at 'barriers' bill passing first step

    20 August 2015

    Removing legal barriers hindering nurse practitioners – such as those stopping NPs writing sick leave certificates or prescribing controlled drugs – are a step closer following a parliamentary vote yesterday.

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    Stalled nurse endoscopy training to make fresh start

    18 August 2015

    A second attempt to get nurse endoscopy training underway – to help boost the colonoscopy workforce prior to introducing  national bowel cancer screening – is set to start in 2016. An attempt at fast tracking nurse endoscopist training was announced in mid-2014 by then Health Minister Tony Ryall. Training was due to start early 2015 but was stalled and recently a second start date was set for 2016.

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    Sitting NZNO president loses election

    7 August 2015

    Wellington nurse and delegate Grant Brookes is the new president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation after beating incumbent Marion Guy.

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    NP training programme gets green light

    30 July 2015

    The long awaited go-ahead has been given to piloting a dedicated training programme for 20 would-be nurse practitioners in 2016.

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    NZNO backing new DHB pay offer

    16 July 2015

    Nursing union NZNO is recommending nurses accept the 20 district health boards' new pay deal that includes an increased wage offer and a shorter contract term.

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    Job future of Healthline nurses unknown

    6 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.

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    DHB nurses' pay deal heading to mediation

    29 May 2015

    Yesterday's last-ditch effort to negotiate an improved pay deal for district health board nurses was unsuccessful and mediation is now being sought.

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    DHB nurses reject pay offer

    25 May 2015

    Nurses have resoundingly rejected a district health board pay offer of a 1% pay offer now and 2% in following years, says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

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    Appeal to reduce "unduly harsh" penalty successful

    25 May 2015

    Former NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff has successfully appealed for a reduction in the penalty imposed after she was found guilty in 2013 of professional misconduct.

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    Palliative nurses welcome funding boost

    25 May 2015

    A funding boost for palliative care is warmly welcomed to help attract young nurses onto the palliative care nurse specialist pathway, says the Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand chair.

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    Nurses say Budget short-changes health

    22 May 2015

    Nurse leaders see Budget 2015 as short-sighted, leaving health short-changed and lacking in vision.

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    What's in the Budget for health?

    21 May 2015

    It is a steady-as-you-go Budget for health  - very short on new policy initiatives and no targeted extra funding for residential aged care or well child health.

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    Positive job trend for new graduate nurses

    19 May 2015

    Around 80 per cent of new graduate nurses were nursing within four months of graduation, according to the latest statistics.

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    New grads competing with migrant nurses?

    19 May 2015

    More than 250 new graduate nurses have been struggling to find work in practice areas that remain open to migrant nurses.

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    Nurse 'flu jab uptake fluctuates across country

    7 May 2015

    The 'flu vaccination uptake amongst hospital nurses keep steadily increasing but still varies radically across the country.

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    Mask wearing into third 'flu season in Northland DHB

    7 May 2015

    Requiring non-vaccinated nurses to wear masks when caring for patients is into its third 'flu season in Northland and is being widened to cover all clinical areas.

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    DHB nurses urged to vote on 'so-so' pay offer

    5 May 2015

    Public hospital nurses are being asked to give union NZNO a "clear steer" on whether they will accept or reject a 1% pay offer now and 2% in following years.

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    Anzac nurses: fighting for the right to care for their lads

    23 April 2015

    As the first Anzac troops landed on the tiny stretch of Turkish coastline now known as Anzac Cove, the first 50 New Zealand army nurses were still steaming their way to England.  In this excerpt from Nursing Review's upcoming print edition FIONA CASSIE reports those first nurses had to fight for the right to serve their country.

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    The Marquette tragedy: tale of nursing stoicism and survival

    23 April 2015

    The 23rd of October 1915 saw the infant New Zealand Army Nursing Service suffer its greatest disaster then or since. A torpedo struck the transport ship Marquette leading to the death of ten nurses and great feats of bravery, pluck and tenacity by the 26 surviving nurses.  Read this excerpt from Nursing Review's upcoming feature on the Marquette tragedy 

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    Falls quiz: last chance to win

    23 April 2015

    A week remains to enter the annual April Falls quiz and the chance to win $1000 towards professional development for yourself or your team.

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    Nursing tales go live with launch of new website

    11 March 2015

    Tales of the days of nursing hostel curfews, starched caps and when 'doctors were God' can be heard online with the launch of New Zealand's first nursing oral history archive.

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    Minnow DHB outperforms big DHBs in employing new graduates

    11 February 2015

    Auckland's three district health boards have between them employed 29 per cent of the country's next generation of nurses.

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    More new nurses than ever in work but 41% still job-hunting

    11 February 2015

    More graduate nurses have gained new graduate positions than this time last year – but bumper application numbers means 570 would-be nurses are still job hunting. 

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    Career advice downgrades nursing's job prospects

    3 February 2015

    Nursing has dropped a notch from being a 'good' job prospect to a 'fair' one in the latest Occupation Outlook report released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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    Public Hospital nurse pay talks underway

    3 February 2015

    Safe staffing is high on the agenda for national nurse pay talks underway as the days tick down to the current public hospital pay agreement expiring on 28 February.

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    Other recent DHB pay deals

    2 February 2015

    Recent DHB pay talks settled by other unions indicate NZNO nurses are unlikely to receive a generous pay offer during these negotiations.

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    First nurse leader for large Auckland PHO

    19 January 2015

    One of the country's largest primary health organisations – Auckland's ProCare – has appointed its first ever nursing director. Lorraine Hetaraka Stevens

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    Demand for nursing school places plateaued

    1 March 2013

    The growing demand for nursing school places in recent years has largely plateaued in the cities and fallen in some provincial areas, according to an informal survey of nursing schools.

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    Fiji nurses face tough times

    12 November 2010

    Forced early retirement, low wages and nurse migration are amongst the ongoing difficulties facing the Fijian nursing workforce, says Kuini Lutua – the Fiji Nursing Association’s general secretary