Not one bug but two: lessons learnt from recent gastro outbreaks

A patient vomits. The next day, 11 patients are vomiting. FIONA CASSIE talks to infection prevention and control nurse specialists at three hospitals about lessons learned from recent norovirus and other gastroenteritis bug outbreaks.

Nurse-led pressure injury intervention saves millions

Recently published research by clinical nurse specialist Heather Lewis estimates that reducing pressure injuries at Counties Manukau Health has saved not only suffering but also $12 million in costs to the DHB.

Creating a village

Caring for a child with complex needs is a 24/7 job for families. Nurse CHRIS MOIR is a respite volunteer for one such family.

‘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.

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