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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Health Organisation has just verified that New Zealand has successfully eliminated endemic measles and rubella for the first time.
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.
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.
Improving rheumatic heart disease care and understanding why mental illness affects the heart are some of the latest Kiwi research projects being celebrated by the Heart Foundation on World Heart Day.
Former Liverpudlian Peter Mealey is one of the country's newest NPs, working in palliative care in Whanganui.