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.

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.

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...

Latest NZ heart research grants celebrated as Heart Foundation marks World Heart Day

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.

‘Skiwi’ now nurse practitioner at Hospice Whanganui

Former Liverpudlian Peter Mealey is one of the country's newest NPs, working in palliative care in Whanganui.

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