Nursing sector optimistic at Ministry support for upcoming Nurse Practitioner conference

The Government's support for the Nurse Practitioners New Zealand (NPNZ) conference suggests things could be moving on from older ways of doing things in New Zealand healthcare.

Nurses celebrate collective action on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says Kiwi women have much to celebrate in what they have achieved collectively.

Voting begins at last on primary health nursing MECA

Online voting got underway this week by more than 3000 primary health nurses and administrators on a one year pay deal that falls short of their public hospital colleagues.

Opinion: Erin Meads – primary care nursing invisible for too long

Some general practice websites don’t even mention their nursing staff – others share only their first names. Erin Meads argues that 2019 is the year for primary care nursing to become more visible and its value given greater recognition.

Virtual patients – using holograms as a teaching tool

A life-size hologram helped first year Otago Polytechnic nursing students hone their clinical reasoning skills. Dr Liz Ditzel and Emma Collins report on their trial of using a virtual reality app.

The benefits and risks of antiepileptic medicines during pregnancy

Dr Nick Kendall, Treatment Safety Manager at ACC, discusses the considerations required for women who take antiepileptic medicines during pregnancy.

DHBs agree to top-up funding for aged care nurses

DHBs have agreed to a small funding increase for aged care providers to mitigate the effects that last year’s DHB nurses’ MECA agreement had on aged care nursing.

Can drug overcome opioids’ distressing bowel side-effects?

Opioids can cause distressing constipation in palliative patients that laxatives can’t resolve. This critically-appraised topic (CAT) looks at the effectiveness of a new drug treatment.

All DHBs plans for boosting nursing numbers now approved

All 20 DHBs plans for spending their share of a $38m staffing relief have now been approved. And an option for boosting employment of all new graduate nurses is being progressed, reports the Ministry.

NZNO says proposed immigration changes good for nursing

Nurses' union NZNO believes proposed immigration changes announced this week will help stabilise the nursing workforce in aged care.
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