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Pensioner forced to wait four days for urgent hip surgery

The care of an elderly man who was forced to wait four days for surgery on his broken hip and then deteriorated and died, has been criticised by the Health and Disability Commissioner.

HDC criticises nurses’ failure to monitor newborn’s fluids and IV line

A newborn faced having plastic surgery on her arm after failures in IV nursing care and a registrar over-prescribed IV fluids, a Health and Disability Commissioner inquiry has found.

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.

How health workers can spot and help “modern slaves”

Frontline health workers can help victims of "modern slavery", researchers say.

Number of New Zealand children hospitalised with malnutrition doubles as food costs bite

Research on the growing impact of malnutrition on Kiwi kids' health is investigated by New Zealand Herald's Kirsty Johnston.

‘One tough cookie’: defence nursing from Somalia to Afghanistan

Not many nurses have wielded an assault rifle to defend their patient in the Somalian desert. The Bay of Plenty Times profiles retired army nurse Judith Telford.

Postgraduate study: what’s it worth?

Postgraduate study is a big investment of your time. It can bring personal rewards and rewards for your patients, workplace and career. But does it also bring financial rewards?

‘Appeared to sleep well’: How much sleep has your patient had and why does...

Good-quality sleep aids healing and recuperation; however, it is well known that institutional environments often do not support adequate sleep and as a result patients experience poorer health outcomes. Nurses are in a unique position to promote multi-pronged approaches, based on research, to enhance the environment so that patients can gain the most benefit from sleep.

Direction and delegation: when it goes wrong

Bad direction and delegation can impact on both patient safety and nursing careers. As part of Nursing Review’s focus on the topic, Margaret Hughes shares how to develop the skills involved and cites an example of when the delegation of a nursing activity went wrong.

Relieving eczema flare-ups: are antibiotics the answer?

This edition's clinically appraised topic (CAT) ask what is the best treatment for a distressed child presenting with crusty, weeping eczema?
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