Coast nurses share some nursing nostalgia and tales

Getting dressed down by matron, a State Finals exam botch-up and mitred corners…West Coast DHB nurses recently shared some of their nursing memories.

Opinion: Michael Geraghty – a mega MECA ‘rant’

NP Michael Geraghty shares a senior nurse’s view on the year-long MECA talks culminating in the historic vote underway.

DHBs’ pay offer – ranging from 9-15% over three years – goes out to...

The nurses’ union negotiating team has stopped short of recommending for and against the substantially improved DHBs’ pay offer which nurses start voting on next week.

Long stay ICU patients emerge emotionally fragile, finds nurse researcher

A nurse researcher who followed six patients spending a fortnight to 66 days in intensive care found they emerged not only physically debilitated but also psychologically fragile.

Opinion: Three experts respond to DHB-NZNO industrial tension

Nursing academics Professor Jenny Carryer and Dr Helen Rook plus healthcare management researcher Dr Katherine Ravenswood provided expert comment to the Science Media Centre on this week’s strike vote and DHB nurses’ pay offer.

Nurses welcome wide health system review

A complete review of the health system is being welcomed by nurse leaders as “timely” and with the hope that the reviewers will be “courageous and visionary”.

Bullying, abuse and suicide at Tauranga Hospital, RNZ investigation reveals

Accounts of chronic bullying and mistreatment of staff at Tauranga Hospital are reportedly being uncovered in an investigation into the suicides of two former nurses.

DHBs ‘optimistic’ but nurses wary of latest pay offer

The jury is out whether the DHBs’ third pay offer – which adds two extra pay steps for experienced nurses on top of the panel’s pay recommendations – will avert a strike.

First national nurses’ strike in nearly 30 years a step closer

As expected frustrated nurses have voted to strike on July 5 and July 12 unless a new pay offer – due today from the 20 district health boards – meets their pay and safe staffing concerns.

Panel recommendations seeking to “immediately alleviate” nurses’ stress

A boost to workforce funding to “immediately alleviate” the stress of current nursing workloads is amongst the safe staffing recommendations made by the Independent Panel.

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