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Free plasters = fewer skin infections

It was the grins of kids who were once covered in school sores that showed district nurse Sandra Innes-Smith the team was on the right track. Giving out plasters, soap and antiseptic cream, along with...

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.

Te reo-fluent new grad is joint winner of Young Nurse of the Year

A dedicated new graduate nurse who went back to nursing school a day after giving birth is this year’s joint winner of the Young Nurse of the Year Award.

Child health passion sees Pacific nurse jointly awarded Young Nurse of the Year

Annie Stevenson was nominated not once but twice for Young Nurse of the Year for her work making a difference to children she cares for at Kidz First Children’s Hospital.

Enrolled nurse, Pacific nurse leaders and NP honoured in awards

Two Pacific nurse leaders were amongst the four nurses honoured with awards at the annual NZNO Awards tonight. The annual awards recognise the work of NZNO nurses and midwives who have made a difference at...

First Plunket NP

Plunket nurse Karen Thurston recently became Plunket’s first nurse practitioner and splits her time between Plunket nursing and working with teen parents.

Extra pay for RN prescribers sought in primary health MECA

Two years since registered nurse prescribing regulations came into force there are now more than 200 and extra pay recognition is being sought for the extended role.

Women’s biggest killer – heart disease

Lynda Worrall-Carter now looks back and wonders why she nursed so few women in coronary care. The chilling conclusion the former Professor of Cardiac Nursing comes to is that probably most died before they ever...
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Studying health sciences: A pathway to leading positive change

If there is one characteristic that unites the students studying the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) at the University of Canterbury (UC) it is the passionate commitment to improving the lives of others, whether locally in the community, nationally or even globally. These students have the ambition; their degree gives them the opportunity to turn aspiration into action. Here are some examples of how a few students and graduates are doing it.
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