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.

Natural diversity: understanding and supporting intersex people

Not all people are ‘typical’ males or females. Nurse educator CRAIG WATERWORTH is keen to raise awareness amongst nurses about intersex people so they can be better supported.

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.

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.

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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