Bill to update Oz state’s nurse-patient ratios introduced

A bill introduced to the Victoria’s state parliament this week will update its three year old nurse-to-patient ratios – to better reflect patient complexity and increasing demand.

Negotiations kick-start more DHBs on safe staffing system path

The just-ratified DHB NZNO deal includes a commitment for all DHBs to implement the Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) system by mid-2021, including filling the staffing gaps highlighted by using acuity data to calculate...

Nurse job ads up and teacher ads down, latest statistics show

In the same week an Accord is signed to address unsafe nursing levels, the latest statistics show nurse online job ads are steeply up – and teacher ads down. Nursing Review looks at the job statistics and DHB nurse sick leave and accrued annual leave trends.

Opinion: Jackie Simkins – Overseas RNs and partners both ‘essential’ workforce

Jackie Simkins, a Northland residential aged care manager, argues that overseas RNs and their partners should both be considered as essential for New Zealand.

Notifying Nursing Council of bullying findings not breach, court finds

The Employment Court recently upheld a DHB’s decision to report a nurse – who had bullied fellow nurses – to the Nursing Council despite the board and nurse involved having signed a confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement. By Hamish Kynaston and Jennifer Howes.

Three nurses honoured in 2018 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards

A nurse who has championed Māori health for decades took out Health Volunteer for the year with other award winners including a Pacific nurse and a wound care nurse specialist.

Winter is here… and so is the flu

FIONA CASSIE talks to long-standing director of nursing Dr Jocelyn Peach about the good, the bad and the challenging of planning for the coming flu season in the country’s fastest growing and most expensive city.

Panel recommendations seeking to “immediately alleviate” nurses’ stress

A boost to workforce funding to “immediately alleviate” the stress of current nursing workloads is amongst the safe staffing recommendations made by the Independent Panel.

Leader takes Māori nursing case to the UN for third time

Setting an “aspirational” goal to boost Māori nursing numbers by 2028 without any funding or  workforce strategy is “unacceptable”, says NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku.

DHB nurses over-budget but understaffed, says NZNO

District health boards are employing more nurses than budgeted for – according to the latest statistics – but DHB budgets don’t reflect actual patient need, says the nurses’ union.

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