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Fun in the ward: stories of the good old, bad old days

Nurse researcher JOCE STEWART believes some fun and camaraderie in the ward can only be healthy for both nurses and patients. Nursing Review shares tales of laughter, mischief and collegiality amongst nurses in the 1970s and 1980s from Stewart’s thesis oral history research.

Empathy: does nursing have a monopoly?

Are nursing students more empathetic than their medical colleagues? Former nurse and medical education advisor Dr Peter Gallagher* and colleagues set out to test this hypothesis. Nursing Review reports that the findings may surprise.

Flu shot: masking the issue?

Three Waikato DHB frontline staff were suspended this winter for refusing to wear a mask after declining the flu vaccine. FIONA CASSIE looks at the sometimes fraught issue of infection control campaigns that aim to reduce the risk of influenza by increasing the vaccination levels of nurses and other healthcare workers.

Graduate incomes: how nursing stacks up… and falls down

How does a young nurse’s income stack up against those of his or her peers who become teachers or lawyers? Do we lose more young nurses overseas than other professions? Why does the average income of nurse graduates plateau and fall after five years? FIONA CASSIE reports on two Ministry of Education studies about young graduates’ incomes and destinations.

“Hello my name is…” or not forgetting the niceties

LYNNE MAHER tells FIONA CASSIE why nurses and other health professionals need timely reminders that patients seek courtesy, communication and compassion as part of good clinical care.

Laughter is the best medicine? You must be joking…

Nursing Review takes a quick look at the science of laughter before getting down to the serious stuff of sharing some nursing humour.

Turning ward chaos into order: data is the key

If your ward is chaos, the best argument for more staffing is hard data, says Cherrie Lowe, the Australian nurse founder and CEO of patient acuity software system TrendCare. FIONA CASSIE reports on Lowe's presentation to the recent NZNO nurse managers conference, including a major benchmarking study analysing 9.9 million nursing shifts.

Close to home: better nurse-led diabetes care on your back doorstep

FIONA CASSIE looks at the Nursing Practice Partnership – a Diabetes Care Improvement Package underway in Wellington for nurses to share their diabetes expertise with practice nurses across the region.

Gen Y nurses: happy to be nurses… but for how long?

FIONA CASSIE talks to researcher Dr Isabel Jamieson about the workforce implications of her survey of more than 350 Generation Y nurses.

Staffing pressure and ethical clashes behind moral distress

Research indicating nearly half of nurses have considered quitting their job because of moral distress hit a chord recently. FIONA CASSIE talks to researcher Martin Wood about moral distress and why we can’t keep ignoring its toll.
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