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Staffing pressure and ethical clashes behind moral distress

Research indicating nearly half of nurses have considered quitting their job because of moral distress hit a chord recently. FIONA CASSIE talks to researcher Martin Wood about moral distress and why we can’t keep ignoring its toll.

Health promotion

Nurses can get confused between health promotion and just one of its aspects, health education, says an Australian nurse researcher.

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.

Don’t read what you don’t need

Patient privacy breaches have been hitting the headlines. The infamous ‘eel’ x-ray in Auckland led to staff dismissals, and spying on cricket star Jesse Ryder’s clinical notes resulted in four clinicians facing disciplinary action. Nurse-turned-lawyer ROBIN KAY looks at the legal and ethical issues for nurses around accessing patient records – particularly now that unauthorised reading of a file leaves an ‘electronic fingerprint’.

Fun app for learning te reo health terms

Unsure what 'hot', 'sore' or 'unwell' is in te reo? Then a new game app for teaching common health terms used in Māori could be for you.

The broad role of public health nursing recognised in newly launched framework

A long awaited knowledge and skills framework has been launched recognising the public health nurse's broad and varied role from treating a child's sore throat to responding to public health emergencies.

A day in the life of a nurse in Antarctica

Penguin & whale spotting at lunchtime...Caryn Braun spent the Antarctic summer as a flight nurse at McMurdo Station for the United States Antarctic Programme. Find out about the day in the life of a nurse in Antarctica.

Avoid waiting room woes

No doctors’ appointments ‘til Friday. Why not see the nurse instead? MidCentral is upskilling practice nurses to assess and treat patients who front up to acute care walk-in clinics with minor ailments and illnesses. FIONA CASSIE finds out more

Free chickenpox immunisation underway

From 1 July toddlers will be receiving four vaccines at their 15-month visit with the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine. The Immunisation Advisory Centre* shares advice for nurses on this and other changes.

Libraries: informing nurses anytime, anywhere

What do today’s modern libraries offer nurses who walk through their doors or, more frequently, login online? FIONA CASSIE talks to district health board librarians VIV KERR and PETER MURGATROYD.
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