Opinion: Brien Cree – Nursing shortage in aged care sector needs government intervention

New Zealand’s aged care sector is experiencing a chronic nursing shortage and we now have a crisis situation on our hands. Radius Care Managing Director Brien Cree says the Government needs to intervene.

Opinion: Monina Hernandez – migrant nurses shouldn’t be channeled only into aged care

More investment in the aged care nursing workforce is the answer to shortages, argues Monina Hernandez, not channeling migrant nurses into a specialty that may not be their preferred choice.

Profile: Paediatric nurse Anneke Slager

Retiring paediatric nurse Anneke Slager is profiled by the Rotorua Post and shares her tale of coming from the Netherlands, discovering her passion for nursing children and her retirement trip to volunteer in India.

Opinion: Eseta Finau – Young Pacific migrants not the solution for aged care staffing

A World Bank suggestion that Australasia solve its shortage of aged care workers with young Pacific migrants is patronising and insulting, says Pacific nurse leader Eseta Finau. Instead, she argues in an NZNO blog, Pacific, Māori and other young people should be welcomed into nursing.

What’s climate change got to do with nursing?

With all the talk about climate change in the media – what does this have to do with nursing? The Lancet medical journal and the World Health Organization recognise that “climate change is the greatest...

School nurses deserve better pay and support

The role of the school nurse is essential in primary healthcare – it gives students access to a health professional specialised in engaging with their age group. School nurses also support educational outcomes by supporting...

‘Nice’ nurses may march off and not return

Back in late 2001 I strapped my baby son into his stroller and headed for my first-ever news assignment for Nursing Review – photographing striking nurses outside Christchurch Hospital. It was a jolly outing for my...

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.

Opinion: Anna Dobson – Safe staffing should be separate from pay talks

DHB nurse Anna Dobson argues that safe staffing is too important to be held hostage to pay talks. She has launched a petition calling for the Ministry of Health and MBIE ¬– not district health boards – to be responsible for funding and monitoring safe staffing of hospital wards.

Opinion: Martin Woods – Nursing ethics and striking

Is it ethical for nurses to strike or should they resist from doing so because withdrawing nursing care may cause harm? Dr Martin Woods shares his opinion.

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Sponsored: Practising in Prison – what’s it like to nurse behind...

It’s not often you get to screen a patient for diabetes then have a heart-to-heart about why at, the age of 20, they are in prison… But that’s just a run-of-the-mill appointment for a Corrections nurse, says Sarah Nabizada, the clinical team leader at Mt Eden Corrections Facility (MECF).