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    NZNO advocates for option of assisted dying

    19 January 2017

    Submissions closed this week on NZNO's draft position statement that advocates for individuals have the right to the option of assisted dying.  A 'pro-life' organisation Right to Life has responded by saying it was "very concerned" that NZNO wasn't defending patients against the "threat of euthanasia and a culture of death".

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    Happy Holidays

    24 December 2016

    Wishing everybody a happy and healthy 2017!  Nursing Review is having a summer break and will be back online in the week starting January 16.  Many thanks for your readership this year and we look forward to seeing you back in the New Year.  

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    Drunk ED patients more likely this side of Tasman

    21 December 2016

    As we head into the summer party season a snapshot survey shows New Zealand has double the rate of alcohol-related presentations in emergency departments than across the Tasman.

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    New heads for nursing schools

    21 December 2016

    New heads for Massey and Auckland universities' nursing schools and Kiwi midwife to head Dutch-based International Confederation of Midwives. Read on for details of some recent job appointments.

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    Call for guaranteed places for all new grads

    16 December 2016

    The nurses' union NZNO is once again calling for guaranteed places for all nursing graduates on hearing that nearly half missed out on graduate nursing placements in the latest job round.

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    New grad job market steady for bumper cohort

    14 December 2016

    Job offers for new graduate nurses were back up slightly after plateauing last year but around 650 nurses will once again start the summer job-hunting. 

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    Pregnancy, poverty and persistence: A postgraduate study reality check

    29 November 2016

    Shiftworking postgraduate students falling asleep at the wheel and queries about breastfeeding on block courses. Dr MARK JONES* recently had his eyes opened to the constant and complex juggle that is postgraduate study when he temporarily filled the shoes of his nursing school's postgraduate programmes director.

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    Using words not force

    28 November 2016

    The first national programme aimed at reducing and preventing restraint of mental health clients by boosting nurses' therapeutic communication skills was launched recently.

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    Historic Nurses' Memorial Chapel to undergo $1.8M restoration

    23 November 2016

    Restoring Christchurch's quake-battered Nurses' Memorial Chapel is to get underway in the New Year, Mayor Lianne Dalziel announced today.

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    Nurses choppered into Kaikoura

    16 November 2016

    Nurses have been helicoptered in from Christchurch to relieve quake-hit colleagues in Kaikoura. Kaikoura Hospital staff also very "pleased" to be have shifted out just last year from their former more than 100-year-old hospital building.

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    UK nurses' survey paints 'shocking picture'

    16 November 2016

    Nursing professionals in the United Kingdom are nearly twice as likely to suffer financial hardship than the general public, according to a major survey.

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    Thousands of nurses victim of phishing scam

    4 November 2016

    Nursing union NZNO is apologising to members and warning them to be vigilant after a phishing scam saw tens of thousands of nurse and caregiver emails released to a scammer. 

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    "Awesome" being country's first RN prescriber

    2 November 2016

    Her first script was for paracetamol but writing it herself was "still an awesome feeling", says the country's first registered nurse prescriber.

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    Passing of long-awaited 'barriers' bill celebrated

    2 November 2016

    After a decade in the making the bill that removes legal barriers that have hindered nurse practitioner and nurse practice was finally passed by parliament this week.

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    Kiwi nurses buck migration trend

    21 October 2016

    The number of Kiwi nurses seeking to work across the Tasman is up again this year after dropping to a new low last year.

Latest Issue

October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)
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    Editor's letter: simple childhood diseases not so simple

    The other day I came across a photo of my then four-year-old son soaking in a bath trying to ease the itching from his chicken pox. 

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    Q & A: Vicky Noble

    Vicky Noble’s latest role is advising on health delivery to prisoners across the country. But along the way the nursing leader has nursed in New York to Beijing and worked as a glass artist.

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    A day in the life of a Kiwi nurse in Belgium

    Kiwi nurse Rachel Maunsell was terrified to answer a call bell when she first started nursing in a Belgian VIP ward because of her basic French. Find out more about nursing in a ward with silk cotton sheets and Bvlgari products.

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    Antibiotic resistance: how can nurses help?

    Seventy-five years after the ‘wonder drug’ penicillin saved its first patients, we could be heading toward a post-antibiotic era in which common infections once again kill. Nurses have both a vested interest and a vital role in preventing this. FIONA CASSIE reports.

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    Antibiotic resistance: nursing stories of before & after antibiotics

    NURSING REVIEW talked to nurse researchers and an infection control nurse specialist who share stories of fighting infection before antibiotics, the 'H-bug' epidemic of the 50s and today.

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    Helping kids take a deep breath

    Simple activities developed to help teachers calm anxious kids in post-quake Canterbury are soon to be shared more widely to help nurses, parents and teachers boost child wellbeing around the country. Nursing Review talks to mental health nurse MICHELLE COLE to find out more.

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    Kiwi kids: growing up or growing out?

    A new national health target is underway on screening and referring obese four-year-olds. FIONA CASSIE finds out more and whether this is enough to help curtail the 10 per cent of Kiwi kids who are now clinically obese – fat to the point that their health is likely to be at risk.

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    Childhood obesity: empathy not judgement

    Nursing Review reports that nurses need to put away their own prejudices or guilt about weight and start conversations that will help families find a healthy way forward.

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    HPV vaccinations: Don't forget the boys

    From January 2017 both boys and girls will be offered free vaccine protection against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes genital warts, cervical and some other cancers.

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    Chickenpox joins Kiwi child immunisation schedule

    Chickenpox, the last of the common vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, is to be added to the free childhood immunisation schedule from 1 July next year. NURSING REVIEW finds out more.

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    History of NZ's Childhood Immunisation Schedule

    With New Zealand just about to add another vaccine to its childhood immunisation schedule Nursing Review looks back at other major milestones in the 75 years or so since the first routine vaccinations were offered to Kiwi children.

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    Diabetic foot ulcers: the importance of early detection

    Checking the feet of diabetes patients may be some of the most effective wound care a nurse can provide. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about how to prevent and detect the early signs of foot ulcers that can see people losing toes, feet and even legs.

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    Diabetic foot case studies

    From whitebaiters in gumboots to a women wearing their favourite boots: nurse REBECCA ABURN shares some case studies from the frontline of diabetes foot care.

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    Something in the water

    Hawke’s Bay nurses were recently tested when Havelock North was hit by what’s believed to be the country’s worst ever waterborne disease outbreak – more than 5,000 people brought down with gastric illness. FIONA CASSIE shares the stories of some of the nurses involved and some of the lessons they learned.

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    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.

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    ED: starting the day with a culture-changing huddle

    Nurse manager PETER WOOD believes that a new move to start the day with an ED huddle – instead of a negative meeting focusing on breaches of the ‘shorter stay’ ED target* – has been a positive culture change for Whangarei Hospital.

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    ‘Chilling out’ the pain

    This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) asks whether a cold spray helps to ‘chill out’ the pain of inserting IV cannula.

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    Self-funding: snapshot survey shows room for improvement

    PROFESSOR JENNY CARRYER reports on a snapshot survey of how many postgraduate nursing students currently self-fund their studies.