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A day in the life of an ED nurse

Finding a bed pronto for the guy clutching his chest while another patient's screams fill the waiting room is just part of the working day for Christchurch ED nurse Erin Dooley. Follow a day in her life as she switches from a FAST (focused assessment and supportive treatment) role to facing what seems a never-ending queue as triage nurse in one of Australasia's busiest emergency departments.

Mixed trends for new graduate job-hunters in 2016

Some of the country's largest hospitals are increasing their New Year intakes of new graduate nurses but another, Hutt Hospital, has cancelled its usual February intake.

Ouch: crushed fingers and purply-black nails

Fingers may be small but wounds to them can be disproportionately painful and debilitating. FIONA CASSIE seeks first aid advice for nurses from emergency NP Margaret Colligan on crushed fingers and other common finger wounds.

Hand hygiene: to glove or not to glove?

To glove or not to glove? Is it ‘nobler’ and safer for nurses to increasingly wear gloves when caring for patients? Fiona Cassie finds out the answer from British infection control researcher Dr Jennie Wilson.

Debridement: sloughing away to aid healing

Debridement can be simple and slow or quick and complex. FIONA CASSIE finds out from wound care nurse specialist Emil Schmidt some of the ‘whys’ ‘wheres’ and ‘hows’ of simple debridement – and when to call in the experts.

Nursing down under: an Irish nurse’s experience

Young Irish nurse GRACE McDONALD shares how and why she chose to get her OE nursing experience down here in NZ. Kiwis are overly keen on being barefoot, their houses are cooler inside than out but their wildlife is benign and overall she reports nursing downunder is being a fantastic experience.

Isolated west coaster takes out National Young Nurse of the Year

A 26-year-old nurse whose working day can range from treating glacier accident victims to running mother and baby groups has won the 2015 NZNO Young Nurse of the Year award.

Career path: aged residential care (clinical services manager)

Migrating to New Zealand saw JINSU SHINOY fall into a job in residential aged care and never look back.

NETP: A decade of growth

Ten years after introduction, nursing entry to practice (NETP) programmes are now seen as the established norm but demand for places outstrips jobs available. FIONA CASSIE reflects on a decade of NETP and talks to nurses about the very first NETP intakes.

A day in the life of a Mercy Ship nurse

Sue Clynes' clientele is the poorest of the poor living with heartbreaking conditions of the face and jaw. Find out more about her life living and working on board the Africa Mercy hospital ship as the volunteer nurse leader of the maxillofacial team.
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