‘Magic wand’ numbs kids’ pain

No pain and more gain is how RACHEL WILSON describes trialling a pain-numbing device with Christchurch’s child cancer patients. NURSING REVIEW reports on the difference the ‘magic wand’ is making for children facing endless needles.

Clinicians clamour for collaborative ‘clinical cockpit’ app

A New Zealand-developed app is allowing simultaneous sharing of patient notes, tasks and secure instant messaging by care team members. Danielle Spencer and Christine Baxter share with NURSING REVIEW why the nurses at Christchurch Hospital’s general surgery wards are such ardent fans.

Nurse-led school clinics: life and death on the front lines of teen health

Increasing school nurses was an election policy for both Labour and the Greens. Cherie Howie of the New Zealand Herald reports on a South Auckland school clinic considered 'gold standard'.

Mental health nursing shortages a ‘recipe’ for more acute bed closures

Nursing shortages have again caused acute mental health bed closures around the country – this time in the North Shore's only acute mental health unit – but unions report nurses in other centres working double shifts as vacancies take their toll.

Survey finds rural nurses educated, experienced and older

The majority of rural nurses have undergone postgraduate study, are very experienced and face difficulties getting their patients to a base hospital, according to a recent survey.

Mental health inquiry petition presented: union reports many crisis teams near collapse

A 30,000 strong petition was presented to Parliament today, to mark World Mental Health Day, with a call for the new government to commit to a mental health inquiry.

Mental health service and nurses criticised over death of patient

Nurses' failure to call for a weekend review of a deteriorating mental health and addiction patient is one of the criticisms in a Mental Health Commissioner inquiry into the patient's death.

Obesity awareness: childhood growth charts go electronic

South Island children's growth records have gone electronic. And also on the way is a mobile interactive growth chart to help parents monitor whether their child's growth is healthy or unhealthy.

WHO verifies New Zealand has eliminated measles and rubella

The World Health Organisation has just verified that New Zealand has successfully eliminated endemic measles and rubella for the first time.

Hospitals shifted patients to meet ED targets, reports study

Wait times dropped after emergency department time targets were introduced but a report has found some hospitals shuffled patients around just to meet the target.

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