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    New action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance

    27 April 2017

    Educating health professionals on antibiotic alternatives and making infection control teams more multidisciplinary are part of the country's first antimicrobial resistance (AMR) action plan.

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    Trial of third level of nurse prescribing underway

    26 April 2017

    Nearly 70 primary health and family planning nurses from Invercargill to Whangarei are trialling a third level of nurse prescribing. The new limited level of prescribing rights – to be known as registered nurse prescribing in community health – is aimed at nurses currently using standing orders and is a step below the registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teams which got underway in September last year.

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    Strong to steady demand for nursing degree places

    25 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.

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    Nurse flu vaccine uptake rates vary widely

    21 April 2017

    The top region for nurse flu vaccination rates last year was once again Tairawhiti – topping Waikato and Northland which both have 'vaccinate or mask' type policies.

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    Most Kiwi flu virus carriers unaware

    21 April 2017

    Nurses are being urged to get their flu jab this season to protect vulnerable patients as New Zealand research indicates up to 80 per cent of people infected with the flu are unaware.

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    Survey finds mixed support for EN graduates

    20 April 2017

    Interest in enrolled nursing programmes is very mixed across the country with nursing schools reporting employment rates varying from poor to very good.

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    $2B pay equity deal boosts caregivers incomes

    18 April 2017

    The long-awaited pay equity settlement for health workers will see the caregiver hourly pay within five years match the current pay rate for new graduate nurses.

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    Nursing forum readying for 'radical shift'

    13 April 2017

    Readying nursing for a 'radical shift' to meet future health challenges is the topic for a one day forum next week being attended by the country's top nursing leaders.

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    Minister says MH nurse numbers on the up

    11 April 2017

    The health minister has responded to recent reports of mental health beds being closed because of nursing shortages by saying the number of mental health nurses is increasing faster than other nursing areas.

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    Young neighbourhood nurse a winner

    10 April 2017

    A young nurse serving the high-needs Aranui community in east Christchurch has won an award for emerging health care leaders.

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    Mental health nursing shortage hits unit

    7 April 2017

    Nurse shortages will see three beds temporarily closed in Wellington Hospital's Te Whare o Matairangi mental health unit.

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    "Getting harder to do the work we are trained for…"

    6 April 2017

    In an open letter to the public the NZNO are calling for people to enrol and vote for political parties committed to increasing health funding.

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    Survey finds nursing injury and infection levels high

    5 April 2017

    Just under a quarter of nurses reported a workplace injury or related-infection in the past two years in an ongoing upward trend, according to the latest NZNO nursing survey.

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    April Falls month focuses on reducing life-changing falls

    4 April 2017

    The latest fall statistics indicate serious injuries from in-hospital falls are still on the decrease, says the nurse who has lead the Reducing Harm from Falls campaign since the outset in 2013.

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    Kaikoura quake response honoured

    3 April 2017

    The Kaikoura GPs awarded the 2017 Peter Snow Memorial award paid tribute to the wider nursing and admin team who responded in the night and days following the devastating quake of November 14.

Latest Issue

February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)
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    Q & A: Sally Dobbs

    Dr Sally Dobbs is the new chair of NETS (Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector). Find out about her career spanning a position as deputy matron of an army field hospital in Bosnia and nursing on a hospital ship in the Amazon.

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    A day in the life of... a police watch-house nurse

    Spend a busy day with mental health nurse Steve Howie assessing the steady stream of people who pass through the holding cells of Christchurch Police Station to see whether they have mental health and addiction issues.

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    The nursing blues: are we caring enough for our carers

    Anxiety and depression are expected to be the leading causes of missed work days worldwide in the next five years. International research indicates that nurses already have higher levels of depression and anxiety than the general population. Nursing Review explores the issue.

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    Stress-proofing yourself

    Annette Milligan, a nurse entrepreneur who has run stress management courses and seminars for 27 years, shares some of her top stress-proofing tips.

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    There's more to life than work: nurses on wheels

    Nursing Review reports on three nurses – one a racing car driver and two motorcyclists – and why they believe their passion for wheels is good for their wellbeing.

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    Patient handling: getting it right for both staff and patient

    Moving a patient without harming them or yourself is basic, but not simple, care. Getting it right requires not only good training, equipment and bedside spaces but also a good workplace culture. Nursing Review finds out more.

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    iNature: can delivering nature digitally reduce anxiety and pain?

    Visiting American nursing professor Margaret Hansen has set out to establish whether delivering complementary therapies – like nature and music – through mobile technologies is a feasible way of reducing anxiety and pain for surgical patients.

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    Food for thought: can nutrients nurture better mental health?

    When people are suffering from a mental illness, eating healthily often falls by the wayside. But what if nutritional deficiencies are a contributing cause in the first place? Nursing Review talks to psychology professor Julia Rucklidge about the links between nutrition and mental illness.

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    Baby booms to delirium: an experience of overseas dialogue in nursing practice

    Two Kiwi nursing academics invited to China to teach an acute care nursing workshop were nonplussed to find themselves also quasi-advisors on managing nursing shortages in the wake of China’s one-child policy coming to an end. 

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    Nursing in China: how does it compare?

    A baby boom, not retiring nurses, is one of the major nursing workforce issues in China. Chinese nursing director Zheng Ying Wang reflects on other differences and similarities in nursing practice between our two countries.

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    Is what's good for your heart also good for your brain

    Does taking statins reduce the risk of dementia as well as cardiovascular disease? This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at the evidence.

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    Nursing taskforce on task

    JENNY CARRYER reports back on the issues, goals and tasks on the agenda of the national nursing taskforce.