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Nurses or midwives could carry out abortions, suggests Law Commission

Not all abortions need be carried out by a doctor – suggests the Law Commission report on abortion reform – suitably qualified nurses and midwives could also perform them.

Nurses to carry out heart monitor implant procedures at Tauranga Hospital

A new nurse-led procedure is seeing faster access to long-term heart monitor implants in an Australasian first, reports the Bay of Plenty Times.

Māori nurses’ decade-plus pay parity claim in front of Waitangi Tribunal

Māori nurses are calling for pay parity for Māori health provider nurses and an end to institutional racism in the health sector as part of an historic Waitangi Tribunal hearing that got underway this week.

Feared loss of nurses to DHBs turning into reality, says aged care sector

The feared exit of aged care nurses to DHBs is eventuating, says the Aged Care Association. One facility manager, working nights to cover roster gaps, fears the pay gap could “bleed aged care dry”. NZNO argues that migration is not the answer.

Nurses and GPs kind but follow-up middling – patient experience survey

Patients overwhelmingly report their GP or nurse is kind and respectful in a new national quarterly survey of general practice patients – but not so great at follow-up.

Nurse ratios, not Royal Commission, called for by Oz nurses

Details of Australia’s Royal Commission into aged care were announced this week – but Australian nurses argue that mandated staffing ratios are needed urgently now. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the Commission’s Terms of...

Free plasters = fewer skin infections

Too many children turning up in hospital with serious skin infections prompted a public health response in Bay of Plenty to make a difference. FIONA CASSIE reports.

Self-medicating depression with drugs or drink – not just a male issue

Think about those who self-medicate with alcohol and drugs for depression/anxiety and plenty of celebrity examples spring readily, and tragically, to mind: singers and musicians like George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Prince and Michael Jackson,...

Views on vulvas: a look at cosmetic genital surgery in New Zealand

New Zealanders are said to be enthusiastic adopters of new technology and processes related to grooming and there appears to be no exception when it comes to female cosmetic genital surgery. Female cosmetic genital surgery...

Expanding NP training programme now on hold

Hopes that next year more nurse practitioner trainees could access the extra-funding and support offered through the NP Training Programme have been sunk.
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