Nursing Council chief reflects on a decade of change for nurses

Retiring Nursing Council chief executive Carolyn Reed talks to Fiona Cassie and reflects back on a decade that saw the arrival of registered nurse prescribing, the ‘return’ of the enrolled nurse and a liberalising of scopes of practice.

All DHBs plans for boosting nursing numbers now approved

All 20 DHBs plans for spending their share of a $38m staffing relief have now been approved. And an option for boosting employment of all new graduate nurses is being progressed, reports the Ministry.

Opinion: Jed Montayre – migrant nurses and aged care nursing

Jed Montayre argues that migrant nurses ‘funnelled’ into aged care nursing should not feel devalued – and instead the clinically challenging and rewarding role should be better recognised and supported.

Burdensome ongoing competency requirements may be reviewed

The Nursing Council is aware of nurses frustration at the ongoing competency requirements and may review them, says retiring chief executive Carolyn Reed.

Nurse fatigue survey shows weary nurses get significantly less sleep than most Kiwis

A draft proposal for better managing nurse fatigue has been released for consultation along with survey findings showing that 70 per cent of shift working Kiwi nurses rarely wake refreshed.

New CEO wants Nursing Council to keep being flexible and forward-focused

The Nursing Council’s newly appointed CEO says she intends to build on the work of retiring CEO and keep nursing regulation “connected and relevant” to everyday nursing.

Bumper number of mid-year RN grads get jobs – ENs less lucky

More than 80 per cent of mid-year registered nurse graduates had jobs by the end of September a graduate survey has revealed – but only half of the enrolled nurse graduates.

Guidelines help new grads recognise IT skills now essential nursing tool

Millennial nursing graduates may be “born with a smartphone in their hands” but still need to ensure they gain the wide nursing IT skillset outlined in newly launched guidelines.

Ed’s letter: A fair go needed

Back in 1908 one of the country’s first Māori registered nurses and midwives, Akenehi Hei, struggled for a year to get the Government to fund its own plan to employ Māori district nurses to...

App of the month: Cardiac arrest bystander apps

You are biking home from a night shift and see a jogger collapse in front of you. Or you are eating out at a café and a patron outside a food truck down the...

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