Strong to steady demand for nursing degree places25 April 2017
Ongoing media reports of nursing graduates struggling to find work is not deterring applicants, with an informal nursing school survey finding generally buoyant to steady demand for 2017 intakes. Seventeen of the 18 nursing schools offering pre-registration nursing degrees responded to Nursing Review's survey on 2017 enrolment trends.
Rural workforce training options to be debated27 March 2017
Two health education proposals to help meet a chronic shortage of rural health professionals are on the agenda of this week's National Rural Health Conference.
Kiwi nursing schools make top 100 again10 March 2017
Two Kiwi nursing schools are still ranked in the top 100 nursing schools in a global university survey but are outpaced by Australian schools which now have two schools in the top ten.
Nursing student hitting the road23 September 2016
Nursing student Kazushi Noiri is hitting the road next month to walk from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise funds for arthritis and he wouldn't mind some company.
How many international nursing students do we train?22 September 2016
International student fees bring in $1 billion a year. Do our 19 nursing schools limit how many international fee-paying student nurses they enrol? Nursing Review reports its survey findings.
Daughter follows mother's nursing leadership footsteps1 July 2016
The new head of EIT's nursing school Jennifer Roberts is following in the footsteps of her recently retired mother Dr Susan Jacobs, who was the longstanding health faculty dean.
Passing of nursing education pioneer19 May 2016
Dr Judith Christensen, one of the pioneers of New Zealand nursing education, died this week aged 73. She was New Zealand's first nurse to gain a PhD in nursing and back in 1973 was the founder of one of the country's first nursing schools based outside of a hospital.
Kiwi nursing schools make top world rankings23 March 2016
Nursing schools worldwide have been ranked for the first time in a global university survey with two New Zealand university schools making the top 100.
Tributes for nursing treasure Putiputi O'Brien28 August 2015
Nursing taonga Putiputi O'Brien RN QSO passed away this month aged 93. NGAIRA HARKER of the College of Nurses Aotearoa, HEMAIMA HUGHES of Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Māori o Aotearoa (the National Council of Māori Nurses) and KERRI NUKU of Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa NZNO pay tribute to this special nurse.
Career advice downgrades nursing's job prospects3 February 2015
Nursing has dropped a notch from being a 'good' job prospect to a 'fair' one in the latest Occupation Outlook report released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
OPINION: Nursing can take you anywhere2 February 2015
*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.*
Student nurses measuring impact of new school clinics5 June 2014
Five student nurses joined a research team going back into three South Auckland schools to measure the impact of regular classroom visits focusing on sore throats and skin infections.
Male nurses - as Tom Jones said..."it's not unusual"23 May 2014
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.
Migrant & refugee nurse student winners8 December 2014
Christchurch nursing students from Afghanistan to Japan are the first winners of a new annual Pegasus Health Scholarship award for migrant and refugee students.
Fast looming nurse shortage not new news – lack of action is the concern13 November 2014
The "extremely slow" progress by Health Workforce New Zealand in responding to the fast looming nursing shortage has been criticised by nursing union NZNO.
Demand for nursing school places plateaued1 March 2013
The growing demand for nursing school places in recent years has largely plateaued in the cities and fallen in some provincial areas, according to an informal survey of nursing schools.
April 2017 VOL. 15 (2)
Student nurses: leaders in the making
CATHLEEN ASPINALL argues that fresh eyes and critical thinking means nursing students can be leaders from their undergraduate days onwards and outlines how she and her students helped spur Nursing Review's new student-focused section.
Reflection: on the cultural protocols of a death
RENAE PORTER, a third year nursing student at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, reflects on the clinical, cultural and personal experience following the release of a tūpāpaku (deceased person’s body).
Reflection: on being both a learner and a critical observer
TRISTIN SLATER, a third year student nurse at the University of Auckland, reflects on trying to administer a tetanus injection to an attack victim.
October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)
Cultural safety: becoming a reflexive practitioner
Stereotypes, often perpetuated by media headlines and unconscious prejudices, can all affect how nurses relate to patients. In KATRINA FYERS and SALLIE GREENWOOD’s third and final article they look at how nurses can think in reflexive ways to be more culturally safe practitioners.
August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)
A day in the life of a third-year student nurse
Share a day in the life of a nursing student Yosh (Yosua) Hadipurnomo on clinical placement on the West Coast learning about resuscitation to immunisation and Pink Floyd to the perils of catering for one. “Two-minute noodles again, Yosh?”
Career path: senior nursing lecturer
The chance to teach nursing students to become culturally competent healthcare professionals inspired DONNA FOXALL to swap working in primary healthcare for a career in nurse education.
Starched cuffs to university caps: one nursing leader's journey
After nearly 50 years in nursing and 35 years in nursing education JUDY KILPATRICK is set to retire at the end of the year. The self-declared “happy chappie” talks to FIONA CASSIE about a lucky career spanning starched cuffs, life-threatening illness and major milestones for the nursing profession.
Nursing education: freeing up nursing to make a difference
Nursing Review looks back with recently retired SUSAN JACOBS on three decades of nurse education change.
Cultural safety and relational practice: ways of being with ourselves and others
How nurses relate to patients is integral to nursing. In their first article, KATRINA FYERS and SALLIE GREENWOOD looked at developing reflective skills to support self-knowledge and culturally safe practice. They now consider how self-knowledge enhances the concept of relational practice and draw examples from their research.
June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)
Q & A with Professor Annette Huntington
Professor Annette Huntington has chaired the Nursing Council and is currently deputy chair of the Australasian university nursing schools' body and head of Massey University's School of Nursing. Find out more about the former Plunket nurse's career and her favourite tipple when eating fish and chips with family and friends.
April 2016 Vol 16 (2)
Cultural safety: developing self-awareness through reflective practice
How culturally safe is your practice? In the first of a short series of articles on cultural safety, Katrina Fyers and Sallie Greenwood focus on the skills of developing reflective writing to foster self-awareness and support culturally safe practice.
February 2016 Vol 16 (1)
Fun in the ward: Stories of the good old, bad old days
Nurse researcher JOCE STEWART believes some fun and camaraderie in the ward can only be healthy for both nurses and patients. Nursing Review shares tales of laughter, mischief and collegiality amongst nurses in the 1970s and 1980s from Stewart’s thesis oral history research.
Pacific nursing students: walking the talk
Loma-Linda Tasi got tired of teaching nursing students about Pacific people’s negative health statistics. The nursing lecturer, co-ordinator for year two of Whitireia Community Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific), decided she had to start somewhere to make a difference and a good place to begin was with herself and her students.
Nurse education: Adapting to education Kiwi-style
Challenges faced by India-trained nurse educator Reen Skaria prompted her to ask fellow overseas-trained nurse educators about their experiences of teaching in New Zealand. She shared her research findings, and some of her respondents' frank reflections, at last year’s Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC). Nursing Review reports.
Empathy: Does nursing have a monopoly?
Are nursing students more empathetic than their medical colleagues? Former nurse and medical education advisor Dr Peter Gallagher* and colleagues set out to test this hypothesis. Nursing Review reports that the findings may surprise.
December 2015 Vol 15 (6)
Gaining a nursing master’s before you master nursing?
Is New Zealand ready for new graduate nurses with master’s degrees? Fiona Cassie reports on the advent of graduate-entry nursing programmes.
October 2015 Vol 15 (5)
Simulation: coaching Oscar performances from Millennial nursing students
GWEN ERLAM set out in her doctoral research to bridge the generation gap and find the best way to reach and teach Millennial nursing students using simulated learning environments.
August 2015 Vol 15 (4)
Graduate incomes: How nursing stacks up… and falls down
How does a young nurse’s income stack up against those of his or her peers who become teachers or lawyers? Do we lose more young nurses overseas than other professions? Why does the average income of nurse graduates plateau and fall after five years? FIONA CASSIE reports on two Ministry of Education studies about young graduates’ incomes and destinations.
Critical thinking in nursing education: addressing the theory-practice gap
OPINION: Nursing lecturer Jed Montayre argues nursing education could do better in teaching that critical thinking skills aren’t just needed for written assignments but also to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Māori nurse educators: sustaining a Māori worldview
NGAIRA HARKER says a plan to foster and grow the Māori nurse educator workforce is critical to meeting future health workforce needs.
June 2015 Vol 15 (3)
Q&A with Stephen Neville
Find out about Stephen Neville's journey from psychopaedic nurse to head of one of the country's largest nursing schools. And what alternative career he briefly considered before committing to nursing...
December 2014 Vol 14 (6)
Simulation the answer to relieve pressured nurses?
Can you halve the time student nurses spend on the ward or with a nurse in the community and still train a clinically competent nurse? A major US study has proven you can by replacing half the traditional clinical placement hours with quality simulation scenarios.
August 2014 Vol 14 (4)
Nurses too nice or too wary to fail nursing students?
Some nursing students shouldn’t ever become nurses. But failing them is easier said then done – a process not helped by the looming possibility of facing not only unhappy students but also their parents and lawyers. FIONA CASSIE talks to Sally Dobbs about her doctoral research into nurses failing nurses-to-be.
January 2014 Vol 13 (8)
Rationed time leads to rationed care?
Missed care, rushed care, and tick box care plans … Researcher BERT TEEKMAN set out to find out was happening to bedside nursing and decided your average ‘med/surg’ nurse was definitely more sinned against than sinning under today’s managerial-focused health system. FIONA CASSIE finds out more.
November 2013 Vol 13 (7)
Q&A with Dr Kathy Holloway
Find out what three wishes Kathy Holloway would ask the fairy godmother of nursing to grant and why she would like more hours in the day.
Preceptorship: a ‘three-way’ relationship
Is preceptorship working well for nurses, students and tutors? DAVID MITCHELL’s* reports on his research team’s work looking at preceptorshop of nursing students from the view of all three parties involved.
September 2013 Vol 13 (6)
Taranaki’s ‘modern apprenticeship’
18 months on, FIONA CASSIE checks up on Taranaki’s radical new ‘hands-on’ nursing degrees to see how the ‘modern apprenticeship’ is bedding in.
July 2013 Vol 13 (5)
Engagement and success for Pasifika nursing students
NGAIRA NGAIRA HARKER reflects on the importance of supporting Pasifika nursing students.
April 2013 Vol 13 (4)
Too few Māori nursing students: action needed
Reena Kainamu, member of the Māori Caucus of Te Ao Māaramatanga New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses (NZCMHN), shares the concerns about the under-representation of Māori students in nursing programmes and Māori nurses in the workforce.
Mixed response to UK call for student nurses to first work as HCAS
A pilot of student nurses working first as health care assistants could be underway in the United Kingdom before the end of year despite major reservations from nursing leaders.
Counting nurses in his sleep
Des Gorman, chair of Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), says that he’s losing sleep worrying about the looming nursing shortfall. FIONA CASSIE talks to him about his disappointment at last year’s nursing criticism of HWNZ’s performance and why nursing will be a top priority in 2013.
International lessons on nurse education
KATHY HOLLOWAY and BRONWYN HEDGECOCK report back on some of the themes and findings presented at the Fourth International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP 2012) held recently in Baltimore, USA.
Using iPads on nursing student clinical placements
BEV MacKAY and JANE ANDERSON report on an action research project exploring using iPads to enhance teaching support for NorthTec nursing students on clinical placements.
Overseas nursing student loss hits Waiariki bottom line
Losing 200 prospective overseas nurse students next year will cost Waiariki’s nursing school close to $2 million in lost income.
UCOL to launch new diploma for overseas-trained nurses
UCOL plans to fill the gap from dropping its RN-BN pathway by launching a new graduate diploma that provides a registration pathway for overseas-trained, degree-qualified nurses.
NZQA review changes overseas-trained nursing pathways
Nursing schools and the Nursing Council continue to agree to disagree over the reasons behind a review of two bridging degree programmes for overseas nurses but all say they are now ready to move on.
Pressure on primary health care student placements
Increasing interest from nursing students in primary health careers is putting pressure on clinical placements in primary health, a research project has found.
New Māori scorecard for nursing schools
The first “league table” ranking nursing schools’ performance in supporting Māori nursing students shows wide disparity in student success rates.
New nurses' guide to not losing face through Facebook
The first social media guide to help Kiwi nurses avoid stepping over the professional line in their online life has been released.
Taima Campbell: Time for a change
FIONA CASSIE talks to former Auckland District Health executive director of nursing Taima Campbell about her decade at the helm, Māori workforce development and her plans for the future.
Health promotion: Helping nursing students "walk the talk"
FIONA CASSIE talks to Faye Cobden-Grainge about a Manukau Institute of Technology pilot study getting nursing students to ‘walk the talk’ of health promotion.
A modern nursing apprenticeship: back to the future?
Taranaki’s radical new nursing degree sees first year students into hands-on practice from just week two of training. Nursing Review finds out more.
Keeping it real simulation in education
Mannequins can now convulse, blink, pee, sweat and respond to intravenous drugs. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about simulation – both low-tech and high-fidelity.
Scholarships seek to boost more males
Boosting the number of men in the health professions is the aim of the inaugural Men’s Health Trust scholarships awarded recently.
The real face of a virtual class
West Coasters keen to study on their side of the alps are among Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology’s first 'blended' delivery nursing degree students.
Draft standards call for nurse-led schools
More nursing programmes struggling for resources has prompted a call to have only nurses heading nursing schools.
Nursing remains popular option
Increased interest in nursing appears to have continued this year with nursing schools reporting bulging programmes and waiting lists.
Nurse assistant courses still popular
Nursing schools report steady and even strong interest in training programmes for nurse assistants as they and their students await details of the enrolled nurse programme that will replace the NA role.