Simple tear but complex wound

Skin tears affect our most vulnerable – the very old and very young. Wound care consultant Elizabeth Milner outlines a STAR approach to skin tears.

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.

Nurse endoscopists: the evolution of a new nursing role

If New Zealand is to cut back the death rate from our second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – we need a bigger endoscopy workforce. After some years of investigation and preparation, Health Minister Tony Ryall fast-tracked the pace recently by announcing training of New Zealand’s first nurse endoscopists is to get underway early next year. FIONA CASSIE talks to Jenni Masters and Ruth Anderson about the big steps required to shift from wanting a new nursing role to making it a viable reality.

International Nurses Day ‘heroes’

Once again, to celebrate International Nurses Day, Nursing Review invited district health boards across the country to contribute stories on nursing ‘heroes’ in their region. We received stories on some of the unsung, innovative, compassionate, high-achieving and dedicated nurses that make up the New Zealand nursing workforce.

Childhood obesity: empathy not judgement

Nursing Review reports that nurses need to put away their own prejudices or guilt about weight and start conversations that will help families find a healthy way forward.

Case study: Diabetes CNS

Telehealth helps rural diabetes nurse specialist Sharon Sandilands serve a community spread across one of the most beautiful but isolated stretches of the country.

Home care option wins award for orthopaedic nurse

An option allowing some patients with fractured ankles to go home while waiting for surgery has won a Tauranga nurse a leadership award.

Debridement: sloughing away to aid healing

Debridement can be simple and slow or quick and complex. FIONA CASSIE finds out from wound care nurse specialist Emil Schmidt some of the ‘whys’ ‘wheres’ and ‘hows’ of simple debridement – and when to call in the experts.

Māori men’s health statistics highlighted in new online tool

A new online tool aims to help turnaround the health of Māori men, who have the country's lowest life expectancy, by highlighting to policymakers statistics in key focus areas from smoking to unemployment.

Electronic whiteboard frees up nursing time

JODIE and PETER WOOD report on how a Whangarei Hospital orthopaedics ward developed a customised electronic whiteboard to give nurses patient details at a glance and help free up more time for direct patient care.
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