Gynecological cancers: silent no longer

More than 1,000 New Zealand women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers every year and around 400 die of them. FIONA CASSIE reports to seek awareness of this female-only group of cancers.

Housing stories from the frontline in South Auckland

Kidz First public health nurses see the reality of how Auckland’s housing crisis impacts on often struggling families. Seven nurses and their clinical nurse manager Lizzie Farrell share stories of some of the families they work and walk alongside.

Chronic pain – the other long term condition

Nursing Review talks to pain management NP Sue King about not only the pain associated with the more common long-term conditions but also about chronic pain as a long-term condition in its own right – and how nurses can best help their patients manage it.

E-Cigarettes: lifesavers or smokescreen?

When it comes to smoking cessation tools, it seems there are mixed signals around e-cigarettes. Some argue they could be lifesavers for tobacco smokers struggling to quit; others argue they are a smokescreen for a new generation of problems. So what knowledge should nurses have on the subject? Nursing Review attempts to clear the air. 

Fad diets: what do dietitians say about the latest crop?

Any diet that bans fruit has to raise eyebrows. The same goes for a diet that advocates lashings of cream and butter with every meal. The demonising of one food group as the source of all dietary evil, or the fixation on another as a saviour, is often the key selling point for the latest fashionable weight loss diet.

Asthma or COPD stop and rethink?

That patient with the persistent cough or wheeze may be mislabelled asthmatic. And that COPD patient prescribed a steroid inhaler may only be increasing their risk of pneumonia. Nursing Review talks to respiratory physician associate professor Jeff Garrett about misdiagnoses and misclassifications that can result in misprescribing for some airway disorders.

Advance care planning: moving from telling to asking people

Becoming a facilitator rather than a dictator of care…CHERYL CALVERT, a gerontology nurse specialist, shares the profound difference becoming an Advanced Care Planning facilitator has made to her practice.

Dying unequally: striving for mental health patients to be equally well

Long-term mental health clients die prematurely at up to three times the rate of the rest of the New Zealand population. FIONA CASSIE finds out how nurses have been responding to long-standing calls to improve the physical health of people with long-term mental illness.

Close to home: better nurse-led diabetes care on your back doorstep

FIONA CASSIE looks at the Nursing Practice Partnership – a Diabetes Care Improvement Package underway in Wellington for nurses to share their diabetes expertise with practice nurses across the region.

Not just a smoker’s cough

Not ignoring “just a smoker’s cough” and other symptoms could see more of the 2000 Kiwis diagnosed with lung cancer each year living longer and better quality lives. FIONA CASSIE talks to lung cancer and respiratory nurse specialists about how nurses can play a part.
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