Coming out of your comfort zone

KIM CARTER on why nurses may need to step out of their comfort zone to ensure good care for all clients across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity.

A cut above the rest

The country’s first registered nurse first surgical assistant graduates not only have a hands-on role at the operating table but also before and after their patient is wheeled into theatre. Nursing Review finds out more.

Tips for a top nurse portfolio

LIZ MANNING shares some simple tips on how to keep your nursing portfolio manageable, succinct, and of a good quality.

Webscope: Keeping abreast internationally

Keeping abreast of nursing issues and evidence-based practice around the world is the focus of this edition’s website recommendations from Kathy Holloway.

Primary healthcare: in need of a paradigm shift?

OPINION: NP Rosemary Minto looks back to successes of the past and looks forward to a time when the primary health care paradigm gets a bigger shove in the right direction.

Asthma or COPD stop and rethink?

That patient with the persistent cough or wheeze may be mislabelled asthmatic. And that COPD patient prescribed a steroid inhaler may only be increasing their risk of pneumonia. Nursing Review talks to respiratory physician associate professor Jeff Garrett about misdiagnoses and misclassifications that can result in misprescribing for some airway disorders.

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.

Childhood obesity: empathy not judgement

Nursing Review reports that nurses need to put away their own prejudices or guilt about weight and start conversations that will help families find a healthy way forward.

New immunisation research findings published

The latest findings from the longitudinal Growing Up in New Zealand study found discouraging information on immunisation had more impact on soon-to-be mothers than no information at all.

Take note: the legal importance of clinical notes

Nurse-turned-lawyer Robin Kay looks at the value of good clinical notes and gives some guidance on how to write them.
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