Medications: take time to talk to patients to prevent the ‘triple whammy’

Taking time to talk and listen to patients to help prevent medication harm – like the medicine “triple whammy” putting thousands of Kiwis at risk of kidney damage – is the focus of Patient Safety Week.

All nurses are empathetic … aren’t they?

Although empathy is in decline, it matters profoundly in nursing and can be taught, believes Australian nursing professor Tracy Levett-Jones. NURSING REVIEW reports.

Code of Conduct refresher

The Code of Conduct guides nurses – and the people they care for – on the behaviour expected from the nursing profession. This article provides a refresher on the 2012 Code and its supporting documents. By Liz Manning.

How to be a dab hand at hand hygiene

This edition's clinically appraised topic (CAT) asks how do you improve hand hygiene compliance?

‘Magic wand’ numbs kids’ pain

No pain and more gain is how RACHEL WILSON describes trialling a pain-numbing device with Christchurch’s child cancer patients. NURSING REVIEW reports on the difference the ‘magic wand’ is making for children facing endless needles.

Climate change: five ways it could harm our health

Global warming has wider implications for not only the environment but our health and wellbeing, according to a just released Royal Society Te Aparangi expert report. The New Zealand Herald's science reporter Jamie Morton reports.

New Government’s health policy details revealed

Confused about whose health policy is whose and what is new? Nursing Review gives you a quick guide to what has been agreed to by the incoming Government.

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.
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