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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.

Advice on the job-hunt struggle for nursing graduates

Megan Lyell – who in 2014 created a Facebook page to support unemployed new graduate nurses like herself – shares some pragmatic advice on getting your first job and where her nursing career has taken her. By Baz Macdonald

New nursing director for NZ’s biggest PHO

The country’s largest primary health organisation has appointed a new nursing director to help develop nursing services in its practices spread across greater Auckland.

Safe alternatives to seclusion being sought, says mental health nurse leader

The use of seclusion needs to be reduced but safe alternatives also need to be found, says Heather Casey. The director of mental health nursing is one of two nurse advisors on a current Health Quality & Safety Commission project to reduce seclusion.

GP survey indicates regular practice nurse turnover

Almost half of general practices had a practice nurse vacancy in the previous 12 months compared to 39% facing a GP vacancy, a 2017 GP survey found.

Waitemata’s pilot’s new entrant school screening programme

New entrants at five Waitemata schools will undergo a comprehensive health screen by public health nurses in a pilot of  a new early intervention programme.

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.

New scholarship awards announced for Māori Nurses

New scholarships to support Māori nurse development and innovation, including becoming nurse prescribers or nurse practitioners, have been launched with the support of Pharmac. Nominations for the first Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards will close on July...

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.

Young Nurse of the Year nominations sought

Outstanding young nurses are being sought for the fifth NZ Young Nurse of the Year awards with past winners including rural nurses, a Plunket nurse, an NP and a nursing lecturer.
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