Laughter Yoga proven to improve residents’ health and wellbeing

Laughter Yoga sounds like a good, well, laugh. But new scientific research has confirmed its ability to boost older people's moods and lower blood pressure.

Case study: touchscreen telehealth for the elderly

Nursing Review reports on an award-winning case study presentation from last year’s Nurse Informatics conference on George, a participant in a Selwyn Foundation telehealth pilot for the elderly with long-term conditions.

Putting a plug in delirium?

Our clinically appraised topic (CAT) asks, can earplugs reduce delirium in ICU?

POCT: on-the-spot blood testing

Nurses in Hokianga not only collect blood samples but also carry out ‘on-the-spot’ blood tests on a regular basis. NURSING REVIEW finds out more from one of the nursing pioneers of point-of-care testing.

Virtual clinics make their mark

Three nurses from diverse specialties share case studies of using telehealth technology to make life simpler for their patients.

Long term conditions: helping patients use apps and e-Health for self-management

A dizzying amount of digital help is now potentially available for nurses to help patients self-manage their long-term conditions.  FIONA CASSIE seeks some advice from the experts on what technology nurses can add to their toolkits.

Patients and PJs: an unhealthy relationship

Getting hospital patients out of their pyjamas and into clothes has became a worldwide social media-led movement. FIONA CASSIE finds out about #endPJparalysis and the Christchurch nurse leader behind it.

ED: starting the day with a culture-changing huddle

Nurse manager PETER WOOD believes that a new move to start the day with an ED huddle – instead of a negative meeting focusing on breaches of the ‘shorter stay’ ED target* – has been a positive culture change for Whangarei Hospital.

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.

Trial of third level of nurse prescribing underway

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 teamswhich got underway in September last year.
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