Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New associate health ministers born in Tonga and USA

A Tongan migrant who can empathise with homelessness and a US migrant who wants to create healthier and happier towns and cities are the country’s two new associate health ministers.

A solution to New Zealand’s rural doctor shortage?

An Auckland University programme could be the answer to our rural doctor shortage.

Nurse telephone triage assessment criticised in HDC report

"Red flag" meningitis symptoms reported by a 20-year-old student should have lead to better questioning by telephone triage nurses, says a Health and Disability Commissioner's report.

ED transfer targets and RN-ordered blood test results under spotlight in HDC decision

ED nurses transferring a 73-year-old patient to the wrong level ward under pressure to meet the six-hour ED target, is one of the care failures leading to a critical Health and Disability Commissioner's report.

New immunisation research findings published

The latest findings from the longitudinal Growing Up in New Zealand study found discouraging information on immunisation had more impact on soon-to-be mothers than no information at all.

Personality and ethnic link to healthcare satisfaction finds NZ study

Agreeable extroverts are more likely to be highly satisfied with their health care, according to a study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. But the study also found that non- Pākehā New Zealanders lower satisfaction rates with healthcare was due to other factors than psychological or demographic characteristics.

‘Spiritual, caring conversations’ with people ‘enormously important’, says researcher

Nurses will play an 'enormously important' role in helping meet the  ageing baby boomers' spiritual needs, says a researcher in ageing and spirituality.

New graduate nurse ups medication to lethal dose: poor communication highlighted in inquiry

A heart patient died in hospital after a graduate nurse upped the dosage of a beta-blocker thinking the prescribing doctor had made an error. The third time a similar medication error has been made by nurses in New Zealand.

Free chickenpox immunisation underway

From 1 July toddlers will be receiving four vaccines at their 15-month visit with the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine. The Immunisation Advisory Centre* shares advice for nurses on this and other changes.

Skin tear rates: a quality of care indicator

Although skin tears represent more than half of all skin injuries in older adults, they have been described as forgotten wounds2, receiving little attention or research.
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DR WELLNESS

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.

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