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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 nurses union 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 how nursing union NZNO released tens of thousands of nurse and caregiver emails to a scammer found it to be an unintentional mistake by keen to be helpful staff.

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    Nurse budget blow-outs

    8 February 2017

    Increased patient demand and untaken 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 of nursing 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 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 NZNO's draft position statement that advocates for individuals have the right to the option of assisted dying.  A 'pro-life' organisation Right to Life 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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    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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    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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    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.

Latest Issue

February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)
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    Q & A: Sally Dobbs

    Dr Sally Dobbs is the new chair of NETS (Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector). Find out about her career spanning a position as deputy matron of an army field hospital in Bosnia and nursing on a hospital ship in the Amazon.

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    A day in the life of... a police watch-house nurse

    Spend a busy day with mental health nurse Steve Howie assessing the steady stream of people who pass through the holding cells of Christchurch Police Station to see whether they have mental health and addiction issues.

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    The nursing blues: are we caring enough for our carers

    Anxiety and depression are expected to be the leading causes of missed work days worldwide in the next five years. International research indicates that nurses already have higher levels of depression and anxiety than the general population. Nursing Review explores the issue.

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    Stress-proofing yourself

    Annette Milligan, a nurse entrepreneur who has run stress management courses and seminars for 27 years, shares some of her top stress-proofing tips.

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    There's more to life than work: nurses on wheels

    Nursing Review reports on three nurses – one a racing car driver and two motorcyclists – and why they believe their passion for wheels is good for their wellbeing.

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    iNature: can delivering nature digitally reduce anxiety and pain?

    Visiting American nursing professor Margaret Hansen has set out to establish whether delivering complementary therapies – like nature and music – through mobile technologies is a feasible way of reducing anxiety and pain for surgical patients.

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    Baby booms to delirium: an experience of overseas dialogue in nursing practice

    Two Kiwi nursing academics invited to China to teach an acute care nursing workshop were nonplussed to find themselves also quasi-advisors on managing nursing shortages in the wake of China’s one-child policy coming to an end. 

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    Nursing in China: how does it compare?

    A baby boom, not retiring nurses, is one of the major nursing workforce issues in China. Chinese nursing director Zheng Ying Wang reflects on other differences and similarities in nursing practice between our two countries.

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    Is what's good for your heart also good for your brain

    Does taking statins reduce the risk of dementia as well as cardiovascular disease? This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at the evidence.

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    Nursing taskforce on task

    JENNY CARRYER reports back on the issues, goals and tasks on the agenda of the national nursing taskforce.