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Seven out of 20 DHBs made plans for $38m safe staffing fund

Immediate relief of stretched nursing workload areas is still some time away for most DHBs with seven plans submitted to date for the $38m short-term extra staffing fund.

New Māori student leader: Where my people need me I will go

New Māori nursing student leader Tracy Black wants to stop other whānau suffering the heartbreak of losses from treatable illnesses. And to advocate for cultural support for fellow students. By Jody Hopkinson.

Anonymous gift kickstarting two health workers on nursing career

A health care assistant and mental health support worker are two Northland DHB workers winning scholarships to pursue nursing training thanks to a $50,000 anonymous donation.

Nurses to carry out heart monitor implant procedures at Tauranga Hospital

A new nurse-led procedure is seeing faster access to long-term heart monitor implants in an Australasian first, reports the Bay of Plenty Times.

Māori nurses’ decade-plus pay parity claim in front of Waitangi Tribunal

Māori nurses are calling for pay parity for Māori health provider nurses and an end to institutional racism in the health sector as part of an historic Waitangi Tribunal hearing that got underway this week.

Feared loss of nurses to DHBs turning into reality, says aged care sector

The feared exit of aged care nurses to DHBs is eventuating, says the Aged Care Association. One facility manager, working nights to cover roster gaps, fears the pay gap could “bleed aged care dry”. NZNO argues that migration is not the answer.

Nurses and GPs kind but follow-up middling – patient experience survey

Patients overwhelmingly report their GP or nurse is kind and respectful in a new national quarterly survey of general practice patients – but not so great at follow-up.

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.

Nurse ratios, not Royal Commission, called for by Oz nurses

Details of Australia’s Royal Commission into aged care were announced this week – but Australian nurses argue that mandated staffing ratios are needed urgently now. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the Commission’s Terms of...

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.
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