Influenza vaccine and health professionals

Last year 46 per cent of district health board nurses got vaccinated against the flu – less than the 48 per cent average for all DHB heath workers. This article explores the debate around the value, ethics, and efficacy of health professionals getting the annual flu vaccination and looks at some of the statistics, research, and prevailing attitudes around the sometimes contentious topic. By Noreen McLoughlin

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

Cultural safety bibliography celebrates ‘coming of age’

Bibliography celebrates 'coming of age' of New Zealand's cultural safety approach to nursing.

A day in the life… of a public hospital CNS/RN first surgical assistant

We look at a day in the life of Sue Glover - one of the country's new Registered Nurse First Surgical Assistants working with mostly children before, during and after their heart surgery.

You’re worth more than the crumbs! Keeping professionally healthy in 2013 and beyond

A large focus of health professional responsibilities involves encouraging consumers to adopt lifestyle practices aimed at achieving and maintaining good health. Despite providing consumers with well-rationalised and varied methods for promoting optimal health, many nurses are not heeding their own advice. Why do nurses fail to ‘walk their talk’ and what are some of the impacts of nurses failing to honour their own needs?

Insomnia: is it worth losing sleep over?

Had a good night’s sleep recently? No? You are not alone – about one in four Kiwis have chronic insomnia at some point in their lives.

Is 60 the new 50? The ageing nurse workforce

You’re as old as you feel. Whether nurses feel wiser or worn -  more and more are nursing into their 60s and beyond. Persuading even more baby boomers to delay retirement is increasingly high on the agenda as we face the double whammy of an ageing population – more nurses due to retire at the same time as more demand for health services. Nursing Review looks at what nursing can do to better support older nurses to keep nursing.

A day in the life… of a flight nurse

We look at a day up in the air and down on the ground for Whangarei Flight Nurse JANET BARKER that starts with a 5.30am phonecall about a 200 kg patient in need...

Gen Y nurses: happy to be nurses… but for how long?

Lounging on the beach with your iPhone, thinking up creative solutions for the world’s problems, is the stereotype of the ideal Generation Y job. Gen Y nurses can’t do that, and neither do they want...

Diabetes e-learning site launched for PHC nurses

A free online learning programme to help primary health care nurses meet the growing demands for diabetes care is being offered on a newly launched website.
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