A day in the life of a… school nurse

Heather Laxon's job as a school nurse at Mangere College is a lot more complicated than the stereotype of patching scraped knees. Read on to discover the complexities the modern school nurses faces.

Stress-proofing yourself

Annette Milligan, a nurse entrepreneur who has run stress management courses and seminars for 24 years, shares some of her top stress-proofing tips.

Nursing journals: still a valued and time-honoured professional development tool?

Oh the joy of finding a well-written journal article that captures professional nursing interest, is relevant, includes robust research, and inspires positive evidence-based practice change! Despite being spoiled for choice with a plethora of nursing journals, do nurses recognise and use these as a means to advance their practice? This article will examine the actual and perceived value and role of journal articles as valid professional nursing development tools.

Nurses too nice or too wary to fail nursing students?

Some nursing students shouldn’t ever become nurses. But failing them is easier said then done – a process not helped by the looming possibility of facing not only unhappy students but also their parents and lawyers. FIONA CASSIE talks to Sally Dobbs about her doctoral research into nurses failing nurses-to-be.

A day in the life of a cosmetic nurse

Plastic Surgical Nurse Consultant ANGELA FRAZER trained at Middlemore Hospital before becoming one of the country’s most experienced cosmetic skin care specialist nurses and first botox practitioners. Follow her day of botox, skin consultations, tears, smiles, crow's feet and unfurrowed brows.

Maintaining appropriate boundaries with patients

There’s a slippery slope between going the extra mile for a patient or their family and crossing the threshold into inappropriate behaviour. Nurse-turned-solicitor ROBIN KAY explores the boundaries of this tricky issue.

Career path: mental health nurse case study

Role modeling by nurse leaders and pushes by a mentor helped Mental health nurse educator KATHY MOORE’s career “fall” into place.

Nurse endoscopists: the evolution of a new nursing role

If New Zealand is to cut back the death rate from our second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – we need a bigger endoscopy workforce. After some years of investigation and preparation, Health Minister Tony Ryall fast-tracked the pace recently by announcing training of New Zealand’s first nurse endoscopists is to get underway early next year. FIONA CASSIE talks to Jenni Masters and Ruth Anderson about the big steps required to shift from wanting a new nursing role to making it a viable reality.

Male nurses – As Tom Jones said… ‘it’s not unusual’

The army, the dole or nursing? NP ANDY McLACHLAN reflects on falling into the career that turned him from a boy into a man. And the need to attract more men and more Māori and Pacific into nursing.

“I didn’t want that”: Assessing cultural needs during end-of-life care

Although cultural needs is a common component in many nursing assessment tools, it is not unusual to find this section left blank, especially in end-of-life care plans. This article explores the challenges associated with cultural needs assessment, and outlines strategies for ensuring the individual needs of patients and their families related to cultural care are identified and addressed.

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