Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Treasuring every drop of blood

Some call them “the bloodhounds”. It’s a nickname the nurses of Waikato Hospital’s Patient Blood Management (PBM) team can laugh about as one part of their job is to ‘sniff out’ and reduce blood product...

Heart failure research could benefit all Kiwis

REBEKAH FRASER talks to heart failure clinical nurse specialist Dr Simone Inkrot, who hopes to validate years of nursing intuition when she presents her research findings at an international conference in June.

Last barrier removed to NPs completing paperwork on patient deaths

The barrier that stopped nurse practitioners’ being able to issue a death certificate but not sign a cremation certificate has now been removed.

Entrenched attitudes about enrolled nurses still need addressing

Work is still needed to change some of the attitudes and myths in health leadership about the enrolled nurse role, says enrolled nurse national leader Leonie Metcalfe.

CNS helping people navigate fighting infections

Unrushed and down-to-earth guidance for patients transitioning from hospital to home with intravenous antibiotics helped Tracey Kunac win Waikato DHB’s Nurse of the Year. Kunac is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) with the district health...

Nurse’s diary: A day in the life of a nurse

As nurses and their families mark International Nurses Day by marching for better work conditions, nurse Caitlin Francey shares a day in her life in a paediatric ward for the New Zealand Herald.

Enrolled nurse a ‘treasure’ and ‘game changer’

Dalreen Larkin is treasured at Whanganui Hospital for her empathetic approach to ensuring children, particularly Māori, no longer miss hearing appointments, reports Jacob McSweeney of the Wanganui Chronicle.

Rural Nurses working party form partnership with RGPN

A rural new graduate programme and a workforce stocktake are on the agenda for Rural Nurses New Zealand, who today announced their partnership with the Rural General Practice Network.

DHBs accept “clear plan” needed to relieve nursing pressure by winter

Public hospital nurses need for a ‘clear plan’ to relieve staffing pressures before winter hits is acknowledged by the DHB’s lead chief executive in the current pay talks stalemate.

More NP registrar places needed – but quality key

Stepping up funded places on the nurse practitioner ‘registrar’ programme is needed to help boost NP numbers but not at the expense of quality, say nursing leaders. The Ministry of Health and Chief Nurses Office...

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