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Close to home: better nurse-led diabetes care on your back doorstep

A few years ago, starting insulin treatment was intimidatingly new, not only for patients but also many of their nurses and GPs. FIONA CASSIE looks at the Nursing Practice Partnership – a Diabetes Care Improvement Package underway in Wellington for nurses to share their diabetes expertise with practice nurses across the region.

Clowning around on the ward

CAMERON TAYLOR of Clown Doctors shares why a smile is good medicine on the ward - for nurses and patients.

Falls in older people: Ask, assess, and act

The Ask, assess, act process is based on strong evidence that addressing older persons’ individual risk factors for falling reduces falls. By using this process, nurses can identify older people at risk of falling, assess their risk factors, and plan interventions that will support their independence.

A day in the life of a… prison nurse

Denis Allen starts his working day by heading through a metal detector scanner, picking up a kilo of keys and radio before passing through eight remote controlled doors to arrive finally at the prison health clinic. Find out more about his day

A day in the life of a… residential aged care nurse

Jesse Lee Gamutan's working day begins with a frail patient falling and a crying caregiver.  Find out how the day progresses and about her nursing career path from the Philippines' Professional Regulations Commission to a Warkworth residential aged care facility.

ePortfolio… free and easy

An electronic portfolio record for nurses developed by Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō* (NMoĀ) ­­– the Māori nursing workforce development programme – is now open and available to all nurses for free.

Providing nursing direction and delegation with confidence, wisdom, and respect.

Direction and delegation are vital skills inherent within nursing practice, so why do many struggle to facilitate these effectively? This article and learning activity aims to help nurses to direct and delegate with confidence, wisdom and respect. By Noreen McLoughlin

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’.

Career paths: the short, sweet and roundabout

We look to nurses as learners, educators, and leaders in this edition. Read on about teaching fledgling nurses in the classroom and on the ward, fostering leadership skills, nurses sharing their career tales, and milestones past and future in the recognition of competence and professional development.

What is a mental health nurse again?

New standards for mental health nursing were launched at this year’s inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Conference in Auckland. The standards set out what it is to be a mental health nurse, and in 2014, the College of Mental Health Nurses hopes to take the long awaited step and ‘certify’ its first mental health nurse. FIONA CASSIE reports on the New Zealand moves and what’s been happening across the Tasman.
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