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Nurse project leads to anti-infection innovation

A more straightforward, cheaper and still effective method of pre-surgery infection control is underway in Wellington Hospital thanks to a nurse quality project.

Waikato DHB says taking action to meet high demand

Extra nursing staff, a new ward soon to open and extra emergency department seats are amongst initiatives announced by Waikato District Health Board to help cope with ED pressure.

More than 12,500 reports of attacks on hospital staff

The New Zealand Herald reports  official information statistics showing hospital staff around the country have reported more than 12,500 attacks by patients and visitors since 2012.

Top of South district nursing review finds high stress and low morale

A controversial proposal to shift Marlborough's district nurses out of the hospital and into the town centre has been endorsed by an independent review. The review also found that district nurses across the Top of the South were showing signs of "being overworked and understaffed" with stress levels high and morale low.

Not all heroes wear capes, some wear scrubs

Young cancer survivor and New Zealand Herald columnist Jake Bailey reflects on growing assaults against healthcare workers and a Queensland law making an impact across the Tasman.

The broad role of public health nursing recognised in newly launched framework

A long awaited knowledge and skills framework has been launched recognising the public health nurse's broad and varied role from treating a child's sore throat to responding to public health emergencies.

Gentle champion of improving MH care wins award

A new mental health nurse's gentle championing of projects aimed at relieving patient boredom, reducing seclusion and improving handover has won her an emerging leadership award.

Train more NPs not GPs says nurse leader

JENNY CARRYER argues that an answer to the ongoing concern about rural GP shortages is in "plain sight" - stop the calls to train more GPs and invest more in training NPs instead.

Nurses’ union “alarmed” by DHB CEO resignation

The resignation of Capital & Coast DHB's chief executive has "alarmed" nurse' union NZNO who fear underfunding is behind her decision.

Personality and ethnic link to healthcare satisfaction finds NZ study

Agreeable extroverts are more likely to be highly satisfied with their health care, according to a study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. But the study also found that non- Pākehā New Zealanders lower satisfaction rates with healthcare was due to other factors than psychological or demographic characteristics.

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