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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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