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From caring curiosity to leading diabetes researcher

A question with no answer prompted Lindsay McTavish to start researching how to help the children he cared for. More than a decade later, the Capital & Coast DHB diabetes clinical nurse specialist has been...

Treasuring every drop of blood

Some call them “the bloodhounds”. It’s a nickname the nurses of Waikato Hospital’s Patient Blood Management (PBM) team can laugh about as one part of their job is to ‘sniff out’ and reduce blood product...

Heart failure research could benefit all Kiwis

REBEKAH FRASER talks to heart failure clinical nurse specialist Dr Simone Inkrot, who hopes to validate years of nursing intuition when she presents her research findings at an international conference in June.

Coast nurses share some nursing nostalgia and tales

Getting dressed down by matron, a State Finals exam botch-up and mitred corners…West Coast DHB nurses recently shared some of their nursing memories.

Traffic jams and heart failure: using metaphors to learn pathophysiology

Teaching pathophysiology to undergraduate nursing students is challenging because there is a need to apply theory into the everyday clinical reality of nursing patients. Students may understand the abstract concepts but actually recognising pathophysiological changes...

Opinion: Michael Geraghty – a mega MECA ‘rant’

NP Michael Geraghty shares a senior nurse’s view on the year-long MECA talks culminating in the historic vote underway.

Opinion: Three experts respond to DHB-NZNO industrial tension

Nursing academics Professor Jenny Carryer and Dr Helen Rook plus healthcare management researcher Dr Katherine Ravenswood provided expert comment to the Science Media Centre on this week’s strike vote and DHB nurses’ pay offer.

Panel recommendations seeking to “immediately alleviate” nurses’ stress

A boost to workforce funding to “immediately alleviate” the stress of current nursing workloads is amongst the safe staffing recommendations made by the Independent Panel.

Last barrier removed to NPs completing paperwork on patient deaths

The barrier that stopped nurse practitioners’ being able to issue a death certificate but not sign a cremation certificate has now been removed.

Entrenched attitudes about enrolled nurses still need addressing

Work is still needed to change some of the attitudes and myths in health leadership about the enrolled nurse role, says enrolled nurse national leader Leonie Metcalfe.
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