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    ED 'running man' May mayhem

    23 May 2016

    The phenomenon began in early May with some dancing Kiwi cops posting a challenge and not long after nurses, doctors and paramedics around the country joined in. Check out some nurse dance moves in the Running Man Challenge videos from local DHBs.

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    Another nursing education pioneer lost

    23 May 2016

    Another nursing education pioneer Yvonne Shadbolt passed away this month.  Professor Liz Smythe pays tribute to the nursing leader who had a vision for a new era of nurse training and founded the forerunner of AUT's nursing school nearly 40 years ago.

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    Passing of nursing education pioneer

    19 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.

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    Nursing shortage forecast cautiously more optimistic in short-term

    12 May 2016

    With bumper numbers of new nurses graduating in recent years, a new nursing forecast model indicates that fears of a nursing shortage hitting as early as 2020 is now looking less likely.

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    Nursing needs you!

    12 May 2016

    KIM CARTER argues if nurses want to be nursed in their own old age in the way they expect and require, they need to spread the word about the positives of nursing as a career, and not just the challenges.

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    Nurses cleaning hands more often

    5 May 2016

    Kiwi nurses have upped their game, with the latest national statistics showing that nurses are cleaning their hands nearly 85 per cent of the required times.

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    New voice for Pacific nurses

    14 April 2016

    Helping strengthen the voice of Pacific nurses in New Zealand is one aim of the new Pan Pacific Nurses Association launched last night in Auckland.

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    Ministry wary on flu mask policy endorsement

    14 April 2016

    Requiring unimmunised nurses to wear masks in high 'flu season is backed in a Ministry of Health letter to district health board chief executives.  The letter also hints that voluntary immunisation may not work.

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    Missing out on the 'conversations that count'

    14 April 2016

    After nursing patients with chronic kidney disease for more than two decades, Suzanne Joynt has seen the comfort and support that advance care planning (ACP) about end-of-life care can provide for patients and their families. So when her stepfather was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she hoped other nurses would be aware of its benefits too.

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    Hard-line 'vaccinate or mask' 'flu policy still in place

    12 April 2016

    The district health board that suspended two unvaccinated nurses last 'flu season for refusing to wear a mask is currently sticking to its controversial policy.

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    Rural nurses achievements celebrated

    11 April 2016

    Nurses from Great Barrier Island to Franz Josef – including three new Māori nurse practitioners ­– were honoured at this month's national rural health conference.

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    New graduate nursing: stress, tears, laughter and rewards

    28 March 2016

    The first year of nursing can be a challenging initiation to the realities of the profession. Rosalie Davis spoke at the graduation of her NETP (Nursing Entry to Training Programme) year on the ups and downs of that journey. Her honest and touching speech is shared here.

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    About 40 per cent of new grads still job-hunting

    24 March 2016

    The summer is ending with 852 new graduate nurses in work but 547 remain in the talent pool still hoping for a new graduate placement.

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    Kiwi nursing schools make top world rankings

    23 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.

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    Kiwi nurse leader speaks out on international stage

    9 March 2016

    Nurses have a key role in reducing the threat of antibiotic resistance that could cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050, says the new Kiwi leader of the International Council of Nurses Dr Frances Hughes.

Latest Issue

April 2016 Vol 16 (2)
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    ED's Letter: Nightingale and Seacole: Celebrating all nursing heroes

    I have to confess until relatively recently my knowledge of Florence Nightingale was limited to the stereotypical ‘Lady of the Lamp’ watching selflessly over the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War.

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    Q & A with Carey Campbell

    Carey Campbell is director of nursing for Southern Cross Hospital's 800 nurses and chair of the private surgical hospitals directors of nursing group. Find out about her career to date, her wishes for the nursing workforce and why she wonders whether her love of fishing is compatible with one of her favourite movies...

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    A day in the life of a district nurse

    Follow a day on the road with district nurse Siobhan Joyce's taking in tending pressure injuries to leg ulcers and talking about emergency CPR to seaviews.

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    International Nurses Day 'Heroes'

    More than 52,000 nurses are practising across New Zealand and every nurse has a story. To mark International Nurses Day on 12 May, Nursing Review invited district health boards across the country to contribute stories on some of their nursing ‘heroes’ to celebrate the diversity and talent of just some of those nurses. In return, we have received tales of nurses, both unsung and high fliers, making a dedicated difference to the communities they serve. Read on and enjoy.

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    Nurse researchers: creating a force for change

    This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A force for change’. Florence Nightingale was just such a force, using statistics and data to challenge practice and develop health policy. We talk to some nurse researchers about the motivation and goals of nurse research, background some researchers’ career paths and share some tips and advice for those who may wish to follow.

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    Safe relationships: an app for young people

    PROFESSOR JANE KOZIOL-McLAIN, a longstanding researcher into family violence, is leading a research team currently working with young people to develop a ‘healthy relationships’ smartphone app to be piloted in schools next year.

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    Mindful management trial for older people with LTCs

    As our population ages, more and more people are living into old age with multiple long-term conditions. A University of Otago nurse-led randomised controlled trial is looking at whether training in both healthy living and mindfulness can make a difference to these people’s lives.

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    Nurse-led drug trial for 'orphan disease'

    Venous leg ulcers (VLU) are an ‘orphan disease’ in which nurse researcher Dr Andrew Jull has a longstanding interest. He talks to Nursing Review about his team’s latest VLU research project – Asprin4VLU – his first, and one of New Zealand’s first ever nurse-led, randomised, controlled trials of a drug treatment.

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    Post-disaster self-care: do nurses practice what they preach?

    How nurses responded to the challenges of post-quake Christchurch was the focus of a research project by the Joint Centre for Disaster Research. Nursing Review reports on centre researcher ZOE MOUNSEY’s presentation to the recent People in Disasters conference, where she shared insights on nurses’ coping mechanisms.

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    Post-disaster: finding the time to care

    Research into insights gained by a ‘rapid scan’ survey of Nurse Maude’s district nurses 18 months after the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake was also shared at the People in Disasters Conference.

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    Patient safety: keeping it real by walking the wards

    Ensuring health leaders are in touch with what’s happening at the bedside is a major motivation of Counties Manukau’s Patient Safety Leadership Walk Rounds. Counties Manukau nursing and improvement leaders Jacqui Wynne-Jones, Lynne Maher and Bev McClelland contributed to this article, outlining the background, format and results of leaders ‘walking the wards’.

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    International Nurses Day: resilience in the health system

    To be a force for change nurses need to be part of a resilient health system. The sub-theme for this year’s International Nurses Day (IND) on 12 May is ‘Improving health systems’ resilience’. Nursing Review looks at the IND kit* on the theme and the tragic consequences when systems fail.

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    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.

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    New graduate nursing: stress, tears, laughter and rewards

    The first year of nursing can be a challenging initiation to the realities of the profession. Rosalie Davis* spoke at the graduation of her NETP (Nursing Entry To Practice) programme year on the ups and downs of that journey. Her honest and touching speech is shared here.

  • Suzanne Joynt CMYK

    Missing out on the ‘conversations that count’

    After nursing patients with chronic kidney disease for more than two decades, Suzanne Joynt has seen the comfort and support that advance care planning (ACP) about end-of-life care can provide for patients and their families. So when her stepfather was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she hoped other nurses would be aware of its benefits too.

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    Does stepping-up exercise step down risk for heart patients?

    This Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at whether getting on a bike or lacing up walking shoes improves the life, and life span, of people with coronary heart disease.

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    Action needed to recruit new blood

    Nursing director LORRAINE HETARAKA-STEVENS calls for innovative and courageous strategies to recruit more new graduate nurses, including under-represented Māori, into the ageing primary health nurse workforce.

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    IND hero: Wairarapa Red Cross nurse & artist

    *Wairarapa’s nursing hero painted a mural to brighten the children’s ED cubicle in her home hospital before flying out to nurse for the Red Cross in South Sudan.*

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    IND hero: Wgtn wound care champion

    Natalie is nominated for being “a hard-working, modest and truly professional nurse” whose wound care skills and leadership are making a difference to both the patients she cares for and the nursing colleagues she supports in building their own clinical skills.

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    IND hero: empowering aged care nurses

    *Empowering her nursing team to make a difference in Canterbury’s older persons health and aged residential care sectors led to Gene Ruiz’s nomination.*

  • Liz Read Hawkes Bay Hero CMYK

    IND hero: Hawke's Bay public health champion

    *Liz Read is nominated for her work as a stalwart champion of public health from her career outset – while at the same time wearing a number of leadership hats.*

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    IND hero: NP improving healthcare access

    *After an eclectic nursing career, Diane Williams became an NP as she wanted to help offer the best access to healthcare. Nearly a decade later, she remains committed to doing just that.*

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    IND hero: passion for older people's health

    *Lorraine Thompson-Aramoana started her nursing training to fill in time until she was old enough to apply for the police force. But she became hooked and nearly 40 years later is nominated as a hero for her passion and leadership in older people’s health.*

  • Amanda Van Elswijk Whanganui

    IND hero: stroke project challenge

    *Rising to the challenge of a project to develop Whanganui’s stroke service – a specialty area new to her – won Amanda Van Elswijk the Whanganui nursing hero nomination.*

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    IND hero: ICU nurse making mark in Samoa

    *Counties Manukau’s nursing hero is nominated for her work in making her mark not only in Middlemore’s critical care services but across the Pacific in Samoa.*

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    IND hero: dedicated enrolled nurse recognised

    *Retiring enrolled nurse Val Scott is nominated for her quirky sense of humour, patient-centred care and the invaluable work she puts in on DHB committees and working groups as an NZNO representative.*

  • Amanda Shanley Waikato CMYK

    IND hero: MH nurse valuing physical health

    *Free head and shoulder massages, fruit packs and quit smoking support have been offered at health promotion days organised by Amanda Shanley with the aim of  improving the physical health of Waikato mental health service clients.*

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    IND hero: surfer to general manager

    *The call of the waves nearly saw Kim Tito give away nursing training for an extended surfing OE. But he returned to start a four-decade health career – including the championing of Māori health – and recently resigned as Northland DHB’s general manager of Māori health and mental health & addiction services.*

  • Georgina McPherson Waitemata DHB CMYK

    IND hero: decade on for 1st Pacific NP

    *A decade on from becoming New Zealand’s first Pacific NP, Georgina McPherson hasn’t stopped striving for new ways to improve the access of all women, and particularly Pacific and Māori women, to health services.*

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    IND hero: Timaru nurse juggling roles

    *A South Canterbury unsung hero is nurse Cecelia van Hassel-O’Brien, a mother of four and daughter of an ageing mother, who is proudest of being able to juggle all her roles with the demanding profession of nursing.*

  • Dianna Last Lakes CMYK

    IND hero: MH nursing in the blood

    *A third generation mental health nurse who loves her work – and also loves taking to the slopes on her mountain bike or snowboard to keep work/life balance – is Lake’s nominated nursing hero.*

  • Julie Coverson Southern

    IND hero: MH nurse with empathetic ear

    *A mental health nurse with an empathetic air for all has been nominated as Southern DHB’s unsung nursing hero.*

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    IND hero: West coast nursing stalwart

    *One of the proudest memories of West Coast nursing hero, the recently retired clinical nurse educator Chris Black, is helping to train patients to give their own IV antibiotics so they could return home to their often isolated communities.*