Safer staffing accord first deadline ‘on track’

A report on options for employing all nursing graduates – including enrolled nurses – is ‘on track’ to be presented to the Health Minister by November 30. Also on track are DHBs plans to employ nearly 400 of the extra 500 funded nursing staff.

Clinical systems specialist wins nursing informatics cup

Angela de Zwart of Auckland has taken out this year’s Robyn Carr Cup for Excellence in Nursing Informatics.

Nurse navigating patients to be ‘Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life’

A registered nurse is the lead navigator in a new Whanganui health and sports partnership aiming to get overweight elective hip and knee surgery candidates ‘Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life’.

Cancer nurse wins research fellowship into bowel cancer symptom ‘shyness’

Cancer nurse and PhD student Melissa Warren hopes to help save lives by researching why people with signs of bowel cancer put off seeking help until symptoms become severe.

Iwi provider nurses vote for unprecedented strike action

Nurses working at Te Puia Rural Hospital and seven primary health clinics across the East Coast are planning to strike for 24 hours this month frustrated at the ongoing pay gap.

Early onset dementia subject of nurse research

The unique challenges and needs of facing dementia as a younger person are the subject of a masters research project by a palliative care nurse specialist.

Nurses or midwives could carry out abortions, suggests Law Commission

Not all abortions need be carried out by a doctor – suggests the Law Commission report on abortion reform – suitably qualified nurses and midwives could also perform them.

Mental health nurses ‘overwhelmingly endorse’ PSA DHB pay deal

Mental health nurses voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new PSA DHB pay deal and now wait on the Mental Health inquiry for ‘much bolder steps’ to address longstanding workload issues.  

Quake-battered Nurses’ Memorial Chapel re-opens

Nearly a century since the First World War ended and flu epidemic began – whose victims it commemorates – Christchurch’s quake-battered Nurses’ Memorial Chapel is reopening its doors.

Seven out of 20 DHBs made plans for $38m safe staffing fund

Immediate relief of stretched nursing workload areas is still some time away for most DHBs with seven plans submitted to date for the $38m short-term extra staffing fund.

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Sponsored: Practising in Prison – what’s it like to nurse behind...

It’s not often you get to screen a patient for diabetes then have a heart-to-heart about why at, the age of 20, they are in prison… But that’s just a run-of-the-mill appointment for a Corrections nurse, says Sarah Nabizada, the clinical team leader at Mt Eden Corrections Facility (MECF).