Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Opinion: Brien Cree – Nursing shortage in aged care sector needs government intervention

New Zealand’s aged care sector is experiencing a chronic nursing shortage and we now have a crisis situation on our hands. Radius Care Managing Director Brien Cree says the Government needs to intervene.

WHO chief nurse returns home for Pacific Nurses Forum

New Zealand nursing leaders are joining colleagues from 13 Pacific nations and the returning WHO chief nurse for the 19th Pacific Nurses Forum in Rarotonga.

WWI nurses at Passchendale recreated for new exhibit

Most photos of First World War nurses show them clean and tidy at the bedside and don’t capture how close they came to the front line – a new photo exhibition aims to redress this.

Details released of PSA mental health pay offer – short staffing still an issue

The PSA acknowledges that short staffing will remain an issue as its mental health nurse members consider a DHB offer that mirrors the NZNO with a new top base salary step for inpatient nurses of $77,386 – as well as a new top base pay rate of $83,712 for community nurses.

Profile: Paediatric nurse Anneke Slager

Retiring paediatric nurse Anneke Slager is profiled by the Rotorua Post and shares her tale of coming from the Netherlands, discovering her passion for nursing children and her retirement trip to volunteer in India.

Opinion: Eseta Finau – Young Pacific migrants not the solution for aged care staffing

A World Bank suggestion that Australasia solve its shortage of aged care workers with young Pacific migrants is patronising and insulting, says Pacific nurse leader Eseta Finau. Instead, she argues in an NZNO blog, Pacific, Māori and other young people should be welcomed into nursing.

Nursing enrolments unaffected by difficult year

Negative press this year about nursing workloads and pay had little impact on mid-year nursing school intakes – with some reporting an unexpected upswing in interest for 2019.

Mental health nurses’ pay offer to go to vote

The DHB’s pay offer to PSA mental health nurses is to be voted on next month in a series of ratification meetings after being given the green light by the nurses’ bargaining team.

‘Immediate’ DHB workload relief still at planning stage one month on

Ground-rules have been set for the spending the $38m for relieving DHB nursing workloads but the money is still to be allocated one month on from ratifying the nurses’ new pay deal

Plunket seeks to allay Auckland nurses’ concerns

Stretched Plunket nurses have expressed concerns that Auckland draft plan might see nursing services curtailed – but Plunket says core services will remain unchanged.

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