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The Planetary Health Diet: Another fad or a fix for our future?

This learning activity is relevant to the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies: 1.2, 2.4 and 4.3. Learning outcomes Reading and reflecting on this article will enable you to: Demonstrate the ability to apply the principles...

The impact of childhood poverty: Working together to raise awareness and find solutions

By Michelle Adams This learning activity is relevant to the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 3.2, and 4.1. Learning outcomes Reading and reflecting on this article will enable you to: Increase your understanding...

Personal resilience: developing and drawing on your own resources

As 2019 began and you reviewed the stresses and successes of the previous year, you may have resolved to try to meet the challenges of the year ahead more resiliently. In this learning activity, we'll review perspectives on personal resilience, and its potential – and limits – for your professional life.

Code of Conduct refresher

The Code of Conduct guides nurses – and the people they care for – on the behaviour expected from the nursing profession. This article provides a refresher on the 2012 Code and its supporting documents. By Liz Manning.

‘Appeared to sleep well’: How much sleep has your patient had and why does...

Nurses are in a unique position to promote multi-pronged approaches, based on research, to enhance the environment so that patients can gain the most benefit from sleep.

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.

Nursing portfolios: a simple guide to competency self-assessment

Developing a portfolio and interpreting the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies remains a confusing landscape for many nurses. This article provides supportive advice and examples of how to effectively self-assess nursing practice against the competencies, especially for nurses randomly selected for a recertification audit. By Liz Manning

Safe care for multicultural patients in acute care

Patients from minority ethnic groups experience challenges in the healthcare system resulting from cultural and language factors. This article looks at some of the challenges that multicultural patients can experience as in-patients and suggests some strategies to help minimise those challenges.

Fundamental nursing care: getting back to ‘basics’

Fundamental cares provide the foundation for all nursing care. So, what are fundamental, ‘basic’ or essential cares, and what enables or stops nurses providing this care?

Preventing and managing blood clots in pregnancy

Every year in New Zealand around 4,000 people develop a blood clot in a vein. This article looks at venous thromboembolism – in particular why pregnancy puts women at increased risk – and how to help prevent, diagnose and treat pregnancy-associated venous blood clots.


More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.


“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...