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Using interpreters: the patient’s right to understand and be understood

A situation where a nursing student found themselves a reluctant, untrained interpreter for a patient raised questions for a group of five second-year nursing students prompting this literature review.

Failures in oxygen therapy highlighted by HDC report

Poor use of oxygen therapy for a patient with severe respiratory failure highlighted weaknesses in respiratory protocols, doctor communication and nursing care, a Health and Disability investigation has found. Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill...

Blow for NPs at finding one major barrier remains

Nurse practitioners are expressing frustration at discovering that a long-awaited law change still doesn’t allow them to complete all the paperwork at a patient’s death.

New roles for NPs & RNs come into effect today

Nurse practitioner leaders see amended laws coming into effect today – removing barriers to NP practice – as part of building momentum for the now fast growing role. From today for the first time nurse...

Minister excited about opportunities for nurses through new laws

Health Minister David Clark says he’s keen to see nurses working at the top of their scope and is excited about the new Acts coming into force on January 31 that will help this happen.

Listen more and talk less to patients with diabetes, study finds

Nurses and GPs could improve their delivery of care to newly diagnosed diabetes patients by listening more, repeating less and co-ordinating better, a New Zealand research study has found. The study by Otago, Auckland and...

Nurses encouraged to get whooping cough boosters

Nurses who work with babies and pregnant women are being encouraged to get the whooping cough vaccine – and in high risk settings – to consider a booster if vaccinated more than five years ago.

Inequities in kids’ asthma control helps prompt new guidelines

Unhealthy homes and income inequity are some of the ‘big picture’ factors that are included in new asthma guidelines for health professionals caring for Kiwi children and adolescents.

Kiwi nurse-led trial finds aspirin doesn’t speed leg ulcer healing

A major nurse-led trial to see whether aspirin could aid the healing of the often painful and disabling venous leg ulcers has found it made no impact.

Antibiotic Awareness Week: new guidance for clinicians on when not to prescribe

Clinicians are being encouraged during Antibiotic Awareness Week to consider 'Choosing Wisely' recommendations on antibiotic use before prescribing unnecessarily. World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 (November 13 to 19) is a World Health Organization global event...
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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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