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More than $76m needed to truly boost health workforce -- Council of Trade Unions
Members urged to 'purple up and turn out in support of care and support workers this Monday, May 23
Review launched after enrolled nurses say they want to work 'in partnership' with registered nurses, not under their direction.

Frontline health workers ‘completely overlooked’ in Budget — NZNO

NZNO was "profoundly disappointed" with yesterday's Budget, which barely mentioned nurses or their wages and conditions, chief executive Paul Goulter said.

Rallies planned to support care and support workers

Cross-union rallies are being planned around the motu this Monday, May 23, in support of care and support workers across the aged care, disability and mental health and addictions sectors.

Enrolled nurses’ scope of practice to be reviewed this year — Nursing Council

NZNO's enrolled nurses (ENs) say they are looking forward to working closely with the Nursing Council to review their scope of practice, after a 2019 survey found ENs preferred not to work "under the direction" of nursing colleagues.

Nurses urged to ‘rise up’ at launch of Maranga Mai! campaign on nursing shortage

NZNO's 55,000-plus members were urged to come together and take action over long-standing nursing shortages, at the launch of NZNO's Maranga Mai! campaign on International Nurses Day.

Maranga Mai – a call for all NZNO members to rise up

NZNO is calling on members to "rise up" and support the launch of its new campaign, Maranga Mai, on International Nurses' Day this Thursday, May 12th.

High Court upholds vaccination mandate for health workers

A High Court ruling upholding the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health workers shows the courts view it as "justified limitation" on individuals' rights to refuse medical treatment, NZNO employment lawyer Jock Lawrie says.

‘Reclaiming’ Māori approach to health at heart of midwives’ practice

A holistic Māori approach to health including mirimiri (massage), rongoā (traditional healing) and karakia (prayer) is at the heart of a new Hawke's Bay midwifery practice.

DHB nurses opt for Employment Relations Authority ruling over pay equity claim

NZNO is "urgently" asking the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to determine back pay and pay equity rates, after district health board (DHB) members strongly rejected a pay equity settlement proposal.

Fresh meetings launched ahead of May decision on pay equity deal for DHB members

NZNO has launched a fresh batch of online meetings ahead of a May 1-8 member survey on whether to accept a pay equity proposal or refer it to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

NZNO says proposed pay equity settlement contrary to Equal Pay Act

NZNO says a legal review of the recently proposed nursing pay equity settlement has concluded it is contrary to the Equal Pay Act 1972.

Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand now free to all NZNO students

NZNO student leaders say they are "beyond excited" by a decision to allow free access for all student members to NZNO's online nursing journal Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand.

NZNO zoom meetings added for DHB members over pay equity agreement

Online meetings have launched today for NZNO district health board (DHB) members keen to find out more about a proposed pay equity settlement revealed last week.

Changes afoot on how IQN competence is assessed – Nursing Council

“Significant changes” to how the competency of internationally-qualified nurses (IQNs) is assessed are being proposed by the Nursing Council, in a bid to ease barriers and boost cultural competency.

Collapse of negotiations with care workers shows little has changed in how the Government views the work of women

Ahead of the 2022 Budget, apprenticeships have been given a $230 million funding boost while negotiations between care workers and the Government have fallen apart. It’s hard not to see this as a gender equity issue.

Investing in Māori nurses to address health inequities an opportunity for the 2022 Budget

The sudden crisis of COVID-19 has highlighted the deepening inequities in such a dramatic way and laid visible the major challenges within the health sector. On the back of the global pandemic there was always going to be difficult economic and social outcome decisions. With the Budget looming, the political debate about where to invest … Continue reading "Investing in Māori nurses to address health inequities an opportunity for the 2022 Budget"

‘That’s the scale of the injustice’ – NZNO won’t back down on back pay

After a “clear and strong” member mandate to turn the district health boards’ pay equity proposal over to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to determine backpay, senior nurse rates and how to safely cement pay equity into the system, NZNO chief executive Paul Goulter shares his views.

Changes to how IQNs are registered must balance fairness with safety – Nursing Council

For some time, the Nursing Council has been considering how to improve the way we assess and register internationally qualified nurses (IQNs), to ensure that our processes are robust and fair.

‘Tired but passionate’ caregiver on life inside aged residential care through the pandemic

After 31 years in aged residential care, a caregiver calls for mental health support.

Nurses must speak out on ‘sparse, inaccessible’ mental health care

'Silent epidemic' in mental health across Aotearoa as families struggle in isolation.

The invisible hand of violence that goes unreported against nurses, HCAs, midwives

A glaring discrepancy has emerged between real life nursing experiences of NZNO members and official district health board reports of workplace violence.

Cardiovascular disease — tackling medication adherence

Managing patients’ CVD risk, medication non-adherence, and improving communication with patients: This article has particular relevance to primary care nurses, including those specialising in long-term conditions, and to cardiac care educators.

Hand hygiene: A student nurse perspective

RNs should be setting an example to student nurses on how to perform hand hygiene to the highest standards.

COVID anxiety — helping patients cope

Constant media saturation over the past two years has painted a catastrophic picture of COVID-19. While this has helped drive up immunisation rates, it is having unintended consequences.

HOW TO TREAT: COVID-19 in primary care

New Zealand can draw on the experiences of health systems around the world that have been caring for COVID-19 patients in the community much longer than us.

Beyond medicines for gout

Gout is a chronic and debilitating long-term condition that disproportionately affects Māori and Pacific people. It needs to be addressed with holistic care, and patient, ongoing relationships with whānau.

What makes a great preceptor? Nursing students have their say

Students chronicle their good and bad experiences with preceptors and give their view on how to perform the role well, to educate and inspire the next generation of nurses.

What employment means for people with schizophrenia

Health-care professionals need to understand the benefits employment brings to people with schizophrenia.

MAY crossword

Print out this crossword grid (see PRINT tab at bottom right of page), and use the clues below.

Researchers seek RNs in aged care

IT IS now more than six months since the End of Life Choice Act 2019 was implemented in New Zealand, with the latest government statistics indicating that 206 individuals have applied for an assisted death.

Te reo Māori support not readily available in past times

I am writing to you about the Kaitiaki news piece "Nursing magazine ditches century-old healthy-food title, finally becomes ‘guardian’” by co-editor Joel Maxwell [Feb 25, 2022]

What is going on with NZNO?

I am a long-standing workplace delegate. In spite of this, I am unable to answer my own questions, let alone the questions from NZNO members, about "what is going on with NZNO?"

Still on a red light

The NZ Faith Community Nurses Association has been active for over 20 years and strangely it is not well known in the New Zealand Nursing scene.

‘Extraordinary story’ of World War II nurse is performed by her daughter

HIS/HERSTORY, which  is having a season at Circa Theatre in Wellington at the moment (April 22- May 14), is two solo shows -- one of which is about a nurse during WWII.

Don’t give us coffee machines, give all nurses more pay for extra shifts

I’d like the chance to tell you how things are for us in my workplace, acute services: the emergency department (ED) and high dependency unit (HDU) of a small rural hospital.

Medical exemption process for mandates ‘not fair’

Over the last 25-plus years, nursing has been intellectualised.

Health-care assistant plea over residency visa

I am writing today to bring some issues to light.

Better deals needed to encourage IQNs to work in NZ

I am a registered nurse (RN) who completed the competency assessment programme (CAP) in May 2021. But I had to pay nearly NZ$12,000 to finish CAP. Travelling plus the OET (occupational English test) exam fee -- all this adds up to huge amount.

NZ English test for Pacific-trained nurses too tough?

My name is Italia. I am currently working as a health-care assistant in mental health.

Difficulty reading online

How do I get a printed version of Kaitiaki? It is too hard to read this [online] and you have to be computer-literate to navigate the site.

Rural nurses struggle to access Kaitiaki online

I write in response to [associate manager professional and nursing services] Kate Weston's reply to "A loss for rural nurses" by Liz Perales in the December 2021 issue of Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand.

Upset at Kaitiaki going digital-only

Now you are digital-only, I am very upset!

Is there a way to get Kaitiaki as a PDF?

Now that the NZNO monthly magazine is only online, I have been trying to find a downloadable file so I can read the magazine offline.

Retired nurse misses printed Kaitiaki

It is with regret that I have made the decision to stop my NZNO membership.