Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand


'If I can't change the system from the floor, I'll move up slowly but surely and change from the board room. Because I am Māori and Māori is me.'
Disrespect us at your peril' -- nurses and NZNO urged to fight racism and protect a health system for all.
'Unless we do that, all the aspirations we have for the future are lost — but, much more, even our ability to maintain what we have just won is compromised.'

Election 2023: Nurses take the political pulse

With early voting opening next week, we bring you Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki Aotearoa – NZNO's election scorecard, where nurses run an eye over political parties’ health policies ahead of the October 14 general election.

‘I found myself drowning’ — the challenges for Māori working in the health system

A panel of Māori nurses shared their experiences of "werohia ngā ture" -- challenging the system and being "unapologetically Māori" at NZNO's 2023 conference.

Call to unite, prepare for looming political threats to health system and unions

'Disrespect us at your peril' -- nurses and NZNO urged to fight racism and protect a health system for all.

Minister’s diagnosis: Health system ‘in recovery’ but risk of relapse high without enough funding

In recovery -- but facing relapse with any reversal of funding, was Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall's "diagnosis" of the health system, at the recent Tōpūtanga Tapuhi o Kaitiaki Aotearoa -- NZNO annual general meeting (AGM).

Pasifika young nurse of the year draws on his own ‘tough’ experiences in sexual health work

Tōpūtanga Tapuhi o Kaitiaki Aotearoa -- NZNO's young nurse of the year John Fa'ukafa says the "tough" times he endured as a young Pasifika male coming out as gay made him the nurse he is today.

Healthline and telehealth nurses to strike over pay ‘cut’ from profitable bosses

Nurses who take calls around the clock from some of our most vulnerable have voted to go on a 24-hour strike next week, after an offer they describe as an effective pay cut.

Axing Auckland nursing degree ‘short-sighted’ in the face of nursing shortfall

Axing Massey's Auckland nursing degree is 'short-sighted', say critics -- but students describe a challenging learning environment.

Nurses turn out for striking senior doctors

'Here come the nurses!' was the appreciative cry from senior doctors striking outside Wellington Hospital yesterday as Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa -- NZNO members spilled off the Newtown bus and took their place on the picket line beside their colleagues.

‘Disappointed’ primary health nurses pin hopes on pay equity claim

NZNO is preparing to "urgently" lodge a pay equity claim for primary health care (PHC) members, who narrowly voted to accept a pay deal after two years of bargaining and a strike.

Matariki brings a new name for college of child and youth nurses

Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa -- NZNO's college of child and youth nurses (CCYN) has been gifted a new name to reflect its commitment to equitable health outcomes for tamariki in Aotearoa.

‘Do you live or do you try and finish this degree?’ — Tauira share the personal toll of trying to become a nurse

A third of nursing students are reconsidering their career choice, because the job seems too stressful, an NZNO student survey has found.

And it’s a ‘yes’ (just) — Te Whatu Ora nurses, members, accept pay proposal in close vote

Strike action has been called off as NZNO nurses, health-care assistants, midwives and kaiāwhina voted -- closely -- to accept Te Whatu Ora's offer, after more than 10 months of collective agreement negotiations.

Schools of nursing unite in urgent call to protect ‘at risk’ nurse educators

Academics from across Aotearoa's 20 nursing schools are speaking up in an unprecedented and "urgent" call to protect what they say is an at-risk but crucial part of the nursing workforce.

Victoria University’s nursing staff escape cuts but midwifery remains in sights

Nursing staff at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)'s school of nursing and midwifery are breathing a sigh of relief today after finding out there would be no cuts to its nursing programme staff.

Fast-track door to nursing in Aotearoa opens for Pacific nurses

A grandmother of seven is among 40 ākonga (students) who have signed up for a new diploma to support Pacific-trained nurses into the New Zealand workforce.

Proposed perioperative practitioner role could push nurses out of theatres — college

Nurses fear a proposal to turn anaesthetic technicians (ATs) into ‘perioperative practitioners’ could spell the end of nurses in operating theatres.

Nurses vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to accept pay equity offer

After more than a year of litigation, more than 30,000 nurses, health-care assistants (HCAs) and other kaimahi hauora have voted "overwhelmingly" to accept Te Whatu Ora's pay equity offer.

Nursing scholarship helps student step into rainbow health with ‘joy’

A third-year Manawatū nursing student describes how a $2000 NZNO/NERF award helped him in his studies and aspiration to work in rainbow youth health, at a challenging time in his life.

How can we fund the public health system we need?

A revamped fairer tax system is vital for the country to be able to afford the health system it needs.

Holding hands across the globe — the power of indigenous nursing

Visiting the recent International Council of Nurses (ICN) congress in Montreal, Canada, recently was a deeply emotional experience for myself and Tāpūhi Toputanga Kaitiaki o Aotearoa – NZNO’s delegation of Māori nurses.

Recruiting IQNs not the answer to nursing shortages — president reports from ICN congress

Wealthier countries' continued unethical recruitment of nurses from poorer countries was an important subject of discussion at this year's International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress.

Antimicrobial stewardship: It’s time for collective action

In this webinar, Dr Sharon Gardiner and associate professor Matire Harwood discuss the importance of antimicrobial stewardship in New Zealand.

Legendary Conversations — a podcast series on health care

Starting patients on new medications, gout and antimicrobial stewardship are explored in this podcast series from He Ako Hiringa. You can listen to them on this page, or download them on Spotify or Apple Podcasts to your phone or computer.

Ideas on culturally safe consultations

The path to culturally safe practice is full of opportunity; however it can be hard to incorporate new ways of working (and thinking) in such busy times.

It’s cool to kōrero — September

Hōiho -- horse

Neonatal transitional care unit a ‘rainbow in the rain’ for whānau

Whitinga ora pēpi is a neonatal transitional care unit where parents learn how to look after babies born prematurely, or with complex medical needs, before going home.

End of an era for faith community nursing

Parish nursing started in New Zealand with a ground-breaking pilot set up in 1998 at the Anglican Church's Nelson Cathedral.

It’s cool to kōrero — August

Kai moana -- food from the sea.

SEPTEMBER 2023 crossword

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Ground down and left in the lurch

I write to express my profound disappointment and dismay after reading the recent article “Disappointed primary health nurses pin hopes on pay equity”.

Blurred image of an operating room during an operation.

Anaesthetic technicians no threat to perioperative nurses, says their society

The New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians' Society (NZATS) would like to thank our nursing colleagues for their views in relation to the review being conducted by the Medical Sciences Council (MSC) into the anaesthetic technician (AT) scope of practice. While the message portrayed by the perioperative nurses is nothing new and was not unexpected, it does … Continue reading "Anaesthetic technicians no threat to perioperative nurses, says their society"

Participants sought for nurse-led research into eating disorders

I am a registered nurse looking for people affected by eating disorders, and their family members, for my PhD research.

Trauma-informed care micro-credential in Aotearoa

At Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Te Pūkenga, we offer the only trauma-Informed care micro-credential in Aotearoa and would love more people to know about our next intake.

Wound care conference important for keeping skills up to date

 Wound management and the dressing of wounds are some of the most basic services offered in primary health care facilities across New Zealand.

Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and NZ nursing scholarship 2023

The Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) offers a nursing scholarship every year. Applications for the 2023 scholarship close on Monday, September 4.