Nurses still outstripped by doctors for flu vaccine uptake

The call is going out once more for nurses to get the annual 'flu jab to help protect vulnerable patients, with the USA reporting it is in the midst of the toughest flu season since 2009.

Unpopular mask policy under review

The unpopular ‘vaccinate or mask’ policy at Waikato District Health Board - that led to two unvaccinated nurses being suspended in 2015 - is being reviewed for the upcoming flu season. Waikato DHB’s acting chief...

Research refutes post-Mid Staffordshire claims of ‘uncaring nurses’, argues British study

A lack of nurses to care for patients rather than ‘uncaring’ nurses is the more likely cause  of reports of poor patient care in some English hospitals, argues a just released major British study.

Blow for NPs at finding one major barrier remains

Nurse practitioners are expressing frustration at discovering that a long-awaited law change still doesn’t allow them to complete all the paperwork at a patient’s death.

DHBs considering making new nurse pay offer

Following mediation last week the district health boards are reviewing whether an increased pay offer can be made, reports the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Nurses’ unique perspectives on end-of-life choices must be heard

Nurse and cancer survivor Taumihau Teremoana calls on fellow nurses to make their voices heard in the assisted dying debate and make a submission on the End of Life Choice Bill.

New roles for NPs & RNs come into effect today

Nurse practitioner leaders see amended laws coming into effect today – removing barriers to NP practice – as part of building momentum for the now fast growing role. From today for the first time nurse...

Nurses and DHBs in pay talks mediation today

An improved pay offer was confirmed as the highest priority in a survey of district health board nurses held in the lead-up to nurse’s union and employers starting mediation today.

Plunket consulting on job cuts and appealing for funds

Plunket is urgently appealing for $150,000 to maintain community programmes while proposing restructuring its non-nursing services in the central region with the loss of 19 jobs - including two clinical services manager positions. A Plunket...

80-year-old nurse still working: ‘I can’t find the word retirement in the Bible’

Betty Jenkins - an 80-year-old practising nurse shares her tips for a healthy attitude to work with New Zealand Herald reporter Dubby Henry.

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