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Tips for good respiratory care this winter

Winter is fast approaching and with it the annual rise in respiratory hospitalisations. Respiratory nurse specialist SUE JONES shares advice on preventing or managing respiratory illness this winter – both inpatient and in the community.

From caring curiosity to leading diabetes researcher

A question with no answer prompted Lindsay McTavish to start researching how to help the children he cared for. More than a decade later, the Capital & Coast DHB diabetes clinical nurse specialist has been...

Treasuring every drop of blood

Some call them “the bloodhounds”. It’s a nickname the nurses of Waikato Hospital’s Patient Blood Management (PBM) team can laugh about as one part of their job is to ‘sniff out’ and reduce blood product...

Heart failure research could benefit all Kiwis

REBEKAH FRASER talks to heart failure clinical nurse specialist Dr Simone Inkrot, who hopes to validate years of nursing intuition when she presents her research findings at an international conference in June.

Long stay ICU patients emerge emotionally fragile, finds nurse researcher

A nurse researcher who followed six patients spending a fortnight to 66 days in intensive care found they emerged not only physically debilitated but also psychologically fragile.

Southern’s nurse endoscopist in the making

More nurses are being encouraged to follow in her footsteps by gastroenterology charge nurse and nurse endoscopy trainee Karen Kempin.

Hand hygiene with glove use improving – but still an issue

Hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals improved markedly in the past eight years – including when wearing gloves – but inappropriate glove use still remains an issue. May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day with...

The benefits and barriers to nurses attending ward rounds

Why more nurses aren’t active participants in ward rounds raised questions for a group of nursing students. Here they share their literature review findings into the benefits and barriers to nurses attending ward rounds.

Nursing strikes and safe staffing: a brief history

Nursing Review editor Fiona Cassie looks at the historical context of why many nurses are reporting their patience is stretched – and their patients missing out – nearly 15 years on from requesting a safe staffing model and receiving their last pay “jolt”.

Nurses and DHB failed in care of 80-year-old’s foot injury

Whanganui District Health Board and district nurses were told to apologise to the family of an 80-year-old woman who died following failures in their treatment of her foot ulcer. A report released by the Health...
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Studying health sciences: A pathway to leading positive change

If there is one characteristic that unites the students studying the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) at the University of Canterbury (UC) it is the passionate commitment to improving the lives of others, whether locally in the community, nationally or even globally. These students have the ambition; their degree gives them the opportunity to turn aspiration into action. Here are some examples of how a few students and graduates are doing it.
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