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Advance care planning: moving from telling to asking people

Becoming a facilitator rather than a dictator of care…CHERYL CALVERT, a gerontology nurse specialist, shares the profound difference becoming an Advanced Care Planning facilitator has made to her practice.

Nurses welcome extending paid parental leave as boost for baby bonding

Confirmation that the new government will extend parental leave from next year has been welcomed by nurses’ union NZNO as extra time to boost bonding and establish breastfeeding.

Cow pat bingo: nursing with humour to promote quitting smoking

Giving people a smile was behind a nurse-led research project looking into novel ways to encourage Māori and Pacific to quit smoking - including playing cow pat bingo.

29-year-old NP is Young Nurse of the Year 2017

A young nurse practitioner – helping reduce distress and hospital visits for children with asthma and eczema in South Auckland – has taken out this year's Young Nurse of the Year award.

The care plus equation: does it add up to much?

Care Plus entered nursing’s vocabulary a decade ago. Has it helped nursing tackle the burden of chronic conditions and better support for people to manage their health? Or has it added up to not much? FIONA CASSIE does the sums…

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.

Former defence force nurse takes on Stroke Foundation advisor role

A former Defence Force nurse has gone from serving in Somalia to becoming a Stroke Foundation community advisor, reports Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times.

From ‘food swamps’ to healthy lunches

A Waikato community fighting back against unhealthy food and a booklet helping families make healthy school lunches for about $2 a day were two of the topics at the Public Health Conference yesterday. Tokoroa's Ka...

Tragedy on the marquette

In October 1915 the then infant New Zealand Army Nursing Service suffered its greatest ever disaster, then or since. A torpedo struck the transport ship SS Marquette, leading to the death of 10 nurses and to great feats of bravery and tenacity by the 26 surviving nurses. FIONA CASSIE draws on nursing histories to recreate the tragic tale. 

Damp, overcrowded homes bigger threat to kids than car crashes

The health impact on thousands of Kiwi kids of unhealthy homes – including frustration with funding of nurse-led healthy home initiatives – is investigated by New Zealand Herald's Kirsty Johnston and Chris Knox.
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