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Hospital visitors: visiting in our hospital or are we visiting in their lives

There is increasing evidence of the potential contribution that visitors can make to patient wellbeing and recovery. Although some district health boards in New Zealand have recently relaxed visiting hours, others have not. This article explores perspectives on hospital visiting and including visitors as valued members of the health care team. By Lesley Batten and Marian Bland.

Te Kaunihera o Ngā Neehi Māori Aotearoa: Te Timatanga – the beginnings

LINDA THOMPSON a founding and current executive member of Te Kaunihera (The National Council of Māori Nurses) writes about the early days of Te Kaunihera  - the council that was founded 30 years ago in the wake of a challenge that there were too few Māori Nurses.

Aged care equal pay: a win for caregivers and a loss for nurses?

From 1 July some caregivers will be earning the same as the nurses who supervise them. How will this impact on aged care nursing? FIONA CASSIE finds out more.

Island nurses: rural doyennes

FIONA CASSIE profiles rural nurses, from novices to veterans, from Great Barrier Island to Central Otago, to help answer the question: what actually is a rural nurse?

Migrant nurse caregivers ‘insulted’ and cut-out of top pay rate

Telling migrant caregivers with nursing degrees they are ineligible for the top of the new caregiver pay scale without more study is 'an insult', says the president of the Filipino Nurses Association of New Zealand.

The ‘accidental’ rural hospital nurse

FIONA CASSIE profiles rural nurses, from novices to veterans, from Great Barrier Island to Central Otago, to help answer the question: what actually is a rural nurse?

Middle-aged Kiwis don’t know signs of heart attacks

Nearly 80 per cent of Kiwis surveyed last month could not identify all the major signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Foreign nursing degrees assessed “at least Level 4” but cultural competency the barrier

Care workers with overseas nursing degrees were assessed as meeting the "health and wellbeing qualification requirement at Level 4", says the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Free chickenpox immunisation underway

From 1 July toddlers will be receiving four vaccines at their 15-month visit with the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine. The Immunisation Advisory Centre* shares advice for nurses on this and other changes.

Rapid hat-changing on the Coromandel

When the Colville ambulance rolls out of its hayshed home and screams down the road, locals know to rebook their appointments as the nurse has changed hats.

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