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‘Magic wand’ numbs kids’ pain

No pain and more gain is how RACHEL WILSON describes trialling a pain-numbing device with Christchurch’s child cancer patients. NURSING REVIEW reports on the difference the ‘magic wand’ is making for children facing endless needles.

New Government’s health policy details revealed

Confused about whose health policy is whose and what is new? Nursing Review gives you a quick guide to what has been agreed to by the incoming Government.

Pensioner forced to wait four days for urgent hip surgery

The care of an elderly man who was forced to wait four days for surgery on his broken hip and then deteriorated and died, has been criticised by the Health and Disability Commissioner.

HDC criticises nurses’ failure to monitor newborn’s fluids and IV line

A newborn faced having plastic surgery on her arm after failures in IV nursing care and a registrar over-prescribed IV fluids, a Health and Disability Commissioner inquiry has found.

Mental health service and nurses criticised over death of patient

Nurses' failure to call for a weekend review of a deteriorating mental health and addiction patient is one of the criticisms in a Mental Health Commissioner inquiry into the patient's death.

How health workers can spot and help “modern slaves”

Frontline health workers can help victims of "modern slavery", researchers say.

Number of New Zealand children hospitalised with malnutrition doubles as food costs bite

Research on the growing impact of malnutrition on Kiwi kids' health is investigated by New Zealand Herald's Kirsty Johnston.

Postgraduate study: what’s it worth?

Postgraduate study is a big investment of your time. It can bring personal rewards and rewards for your patients, workplace and career. But does it also bring financial rewards?

Direction and delegation: when it goes wrong

Bad direction and delegation can impact on both patient safety and nursing careers. As part of Nursing Review’s focus on the topic, Margaret Hughes shares how to develop the skills involved and cites an example of when the delegation of a nursing activity went wrong.

Early pain but quicker gain: mobilising hip and knee patients

How soon should hip and knee replacement patients be up and mobile? Diane Alder reports on the research literature and her own master's research findings after mobilisation on the day of surgery was introduced at her hospital.
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