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Long term conditions: helping patients use apps and e-Health for self-management

A dizzying amount of digital help is now potentially available for nurses to help patients self-manage their long-term conditions.  FIONA CASSIE seeks some advice from the experts on what technology nurses can add to their toolkits.

Case study: teleDOTS

Reducing the time public health nurses spend stuck in Auckland’s traffic can only be a good thing. Lucy Westbrooke, telehealth programme manager for the Auckland DHB, has been involved in a project doing that for the nurses working for the Auckland Regional Public Health service.

Case study: Diabetes CNS

Telehealth helps rural diabetes nurse specialist Sharon Sandilands serve a community spread across one of the most beautiful but isolated stretches of the country.

Case study: Diabetes text alerts

'Old school’ text messaging is at the heart of an mHealth project to help motivate and support people with poorly controlled diabetes.

Nursing procedures: a one-stop online shop for half the country

Keeping nursing procedures up to date can be a tedious and neverending task. For the past three years, however, the five Midland region DHBs have been using a ‘Kiwified’ online nursing procedure service that is shortly to go live across the South Island. FIONA CASSIE finds out more.

Turning ward chaos into order: data is the key

If your ward is chaos, the best argument for more staffing is hard data, says Cherrie Lowe, the Australian nurse founder and CEO of patient acuity software system TrendCare. FIONA CASSIE reports on Lowe's presentation to the recent NZNO nurse managers conference, including a major benchmarking study analysing 9.9 million nursing shifts.

Simulation the answer to relieve pressured nurses?

Can you halve the time student nurses spend on the ward or with a nurse in the community and still train a clinically competent nurse? A major US study has proven you can by replacing half the traditional clinical placement hours with quality simulation scenarios. 

Smartphone speeds up ED to ward bed transition

Whangarei nurse PETER WOODS outlines how using a smartphone cut out the 'middleman' and got ED patients more quickly allocated a ward bed.

Electronic whiteboard frees up nursing time

JODIE and PETER WOOD report on how a Whangarei Hospital orthopaedics ward developed a customised electronic whiteboard to give nurses patient details at a glance and help free up more time for direct patient care.

Career paths: four nurses’ journeys

Nursing Review once again asked some nurses from across the country in senior roles to tell us what path they followed to where they are today. They each have a good story to tell, from schoolgirl volunteering to careers being diverted by motherhood, and of job options closed in their chosen area but opening in another, plus the importance of role models and mentors. They share tips on career planning and the skills, qualities, and qualifications helpful in their roles.
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