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