JANE HANNAH, a heart failure nurse specialist, says some families expect her to arrive in 'black robes and carrying a sickle' when referred for an 'end of life' discussion. But she says anxiety falls and patients are more satisfied with their care after having a 'conversation that counts
Becoming a facilitator rather than a dictator of care…CHERYL CALVERT, a gerontology nurse specialist, shares the profound difference becoming an Advanced Care Planning facilitator has made to her practice.
OPINION: The perpetually curious ANDY McLACHLAN (an Auckland cardiology NP) wonders about sharks in swimming pools and whether it may be time for a fresh look at the nurse practitioner role.
Just back from a trip to the UK and more than a little disheartened at the current state of Britain’s NHS, former chief nurse DR MARK JONES is reassured to find New Zealand’s younger generations are still inspired by traditional nursing values, and by the future opportunities and long-term rewards that nursing offers.
The role of the school nurse in our secondary schools needs urgent attention, argues College of Nurses executive director Professor JENNY CARRYER. With no formal requirement to have nurses in all schools, many secondary school nurses face professional isolation, low pay, and unpaid holidays.
The army, the dole or nursing? NP ANDY McLACHLAN reflects on falling into the career that turned him from a boy into a man. And the need to attract more men and more Māori and Pacific into nursing.