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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...

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.

Q & A with ‘Nurse Florence’

Nursing Review talks to one of the Nurse Florence founders of the 46,000 strong ‘New Zealand, please hear our voice’ Facebook page about this week’s rejection of the DHB’ third offer and issuing of the strike notice.

Opinion: No pay rise will ever make patients’ suffering due to unsafe staffing okay

A registered nurse shares the heartbreak of knowing too few nurses contributed to the loss of her patient’s life. And says the extra 500 nurses promised in the rejected offer is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to resolving the safe staffing crisis.This was first posted on Nurse Florence’s ‘New Zealand, please hear our voice’ social media forum

Coast nurses share nursing nostalgia tales

Getting dressed down by matron, a State Finals exam botch-up and mitred corners…West Coast DHB nurses recently shared some of their nursing memories.

Opinion: Michael Geraghty – a mega MECA ‘rant’

NP Michael Geraghty shares a senior nurse’s view on the year-long MECA talks culminating in the historic vote underway.

Opinion: Three experts respond to DHB-NZNO industrial tension

Nursing academics Professor Jenny Carryer and Dr Helen Rook plus healthcare management researcher Dr Katherine Ravenswood provided expert comment to the Science Media Centre on this week’s strike vote and DHB nurses’ pay offer.

Opinion: NZNO – We’re all better off if health is a winner in Budget...

NZNO president GRANT BROOKES and Kaiwhakahaere KERRI NUKU argue that investing in health this Budget – including investing in the health workforce – will enhance the health and wellbeing of all Kiwis.
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Studying health sciences: A pathway to leading positive change

If there is one characteristic that unites the students studying the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) at the University of Canterbury (UC) it is the passionate commitment to improving the lives of others, whether locally in the community, nationally or even globally. These students have the ambition; their degree gives them the opportunity to turn aspiration into action. Here are some examples of how a few students and graduates are doing it.
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