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'We are caring for our staff' -- Wellington retirement village residents stand shoulder to shoulder with threatened nurses and caregivers.
'We can't do this alone' -- powerful plea for support from exhausted nursing students facing an uncertain future
The real-life stories of nurses combined with hard evidence on the harm caused by poorly staffed hospitals are crucial to getting safe nurse-to-patient ratios legalised here in Aotearoa.

Helping to enhance senior independence with a medical alarm

It’s reassuring to know that according to Te Whatu Ora, a large majority of older New Zealanders live independently in their own homes.1 By the time they reach 85 years or older, around half still live at home, supported where necessary by home care services.

‘We are family’ — residents rally around nursing staff after bosses propose cutting 400 care hours

Upset residents and their families and friends turned out to support staff striking over a proposal to cut 400 care hours a week at a Wellington aged care facility.

Nursing students share pain, tears and laughter with heads of school

There wasn't a dry eye in the house recently as nursing tauira (students) spoke of their struggles, exhaustion and despair.

‘We work just as hard’ — community nurses strike for the same pay as hospitals

About 150 Access Community Health nursing staff went on strike around the country on this week, demanding the same pay and conditions as their Te Whatu Ora colleagues.

‘My God you’re influential — use it’. Call to action for nurses, kaiāwhina and midwives to push for safe staffing

The real-life stories of nurses, combined with hard evidence on the harm caused by poorly staffed hospitals, are crucial to getting safe nurse-to-patient ratios legalised here in Aotearoa, nurse leaders heard.

New Zealand can lead the world in culturally safe nurse-to-patient ratios

Māori nursing leaders want Aotearoa, New Zealand, to be the first in the world to introduce culturally safe nurse-to-patient ratios, alongside clinical.

Mid-year nurse graduate job matching ‘still underway’ — Te Whatu Ora

Te Whatu Ora says its job-matching process for 535 mid-year nursing graduates is "still underway" and it cannot provide figures for another couple of weeks on where new nurses are going to be working.

Cancer nurses welcome multi-million medicine deal — but warn of flow-on workload

Cancer nurses say the Government's decision to fund 26 cancer treatments is great news -- but it must also resource oncology teams to care for higher number of patients.

From far north to deep south, nurses and kaiāwhina call for change

Nurses and kaiāwhina who jumped aboard the country-wide safe staffing bus tour say public support has been "amazing" -- and want the Government to invest in safely staffed hospitals.

‘They have trampled on the mana of the future workforce’ — students in uproar over reports of hiring freeze

Confused, demoralised and "absolutely gutwrenched" -- these are the feelings of nursing tauira (students) after hearing Te Whatu Ora may be freezing mid-year graduate recruitment a week out from hiring decisions.

Two mental health nurses employed after four months’ international recruitment

After four months and more than 740 expressions of interest, just two new mental health nurses have so far been employed from overseas this year through a new Te Whatu Ora international recruitment campaign.

Time to ‘get serious’ as pay equity claim for health’s lowest paid women workers lodged with ERA

After two years of limbo, thousands of care and support workers this week lodged a claim for equal pay with the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

Nurses and health advocates honoured in King’s Birthday list

A specialist cancer nurse, a nurse educator and a Māori health advocate are among those honoured in the King's Birthday list this month.

Minister considering mental health nurses’ views after damning NZNO survey

Minister for Mental Health Matt Doocey says he will consider mental health nurses' proposals to increase and support their workforce after meeting with NZNO leaders.

‘Wonderful’ aged-care nursing is undervalued, says long-time nurse

Long-time gerontology nurse Sally Fleming reckons working in aged care is extremely undervalued.

Nurses ‘under-used in antimicrobial stewardship’

Nurses should be more involved in antimicrobial stewardship, say members of an expert group working on new guidelines for antimicrobial practice.

It’s cool to kōrero — June 2024

Puku -- belly, stomach

Medicines and older Māori — ‘It is through shared conversations that I understand’

How do kaumātua view the medicines service they receive and how could it be improved? What ethnic variations are there in this service? This educational course focuses on medicines and older Māori and is relevant to nurses in primary care, alongside pharmacists and GPs.

Migrant nurses’ experiences in the workplace — what support do they need to thrive?

To thrive in the workplace, internationally qualified nurses need professional development, protection from bullying and good communication skills, a New Zealand researcher has found.

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Uncut – news briefs

19
July

More funded nutritional supplements on the way

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga is funding more nutritional supplements for people living with inherited metabolic diseases.
11
July

Over 6,000 people will benefit from Pharmac funding proposal if approved

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga plans to widen access to seven medicines benefitting over 6,000 people within the first 12 months of funding. The proposal includes treatments for schizophrenia, low iron levels, constipation, and a type of psoriasis.
10
July

Home support nurses set to strike

About 150 New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) workers employed at Access Home Health will strike next Monday following a breakdown in talks with their employer.
10
July

National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits

The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.
3
July

Free cervical screening for at risk women to continue

Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has confirmed that cervical screening will continue to be free for women with higher risk of cervical cancer. “Our Government is committed to achieving better cancer outcomes for New Zealanders, and screening programmes are critical to getting an early diagnosis and timely treatment,” says Dr Reti.
25 June

Blood Cancer Alliance Seeks Clarity On Cancer Medicine Funding

An alliance of blood cancer organisations and consultants is seeking clarity from the government, Pharmac and the Cancer Control Agency about which live saving blood cancer medicines will be included following the boost to Pharmac funding announced yesterday.
24 June

Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines

The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today.
21 June

ICN Calls for Urgent G20 Action on the Global Nurse Migration Crisis

Amidst our global shortage of millions of nurses, some high-income countries continue to plug staffing gaps by actively recruiting nurses from vulnerable countries already facing severe health workforce shortages. Despite shared ethical codes and calls to curb this practice, aggressive nurse recruitment is growing, with clear evidence of harmful impacts exacerbating deep-seated health inequalities worldwide.
17 June

Women are desperate, and I fear for their lives

A national survey launched on Friday to uncover the breadth and depth of issues for the many thousands of Kiwis accessing hormone replacement therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand is already revealing “terrifying” insights into possible outcomes of the shortage, including death.
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