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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 Te Whatu Ora's international campaign.
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).
The outstanding work of these nurses and health advocates has been recognised in the latest honours list.

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.

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.

‘We are sick and tired of being burnt out’ — safe staffing bus tour starts with a sizzle in the far North

Nurses in Northland, Nelson and Palmerston North kicked off an 11-day safe staffing bus tour of Aotearoa on Monday with a sizzle in the sunny north -- and some drizzle further south.

‘We stand in solidarity’: Nurses and kaiāwhina turn out in support of Te Tiriti protests

Nurses, kaiāwhina and members of Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa NZNO joined tens of thousands who turned across the motu in support of Toitū Te Tiriti (honour the Treaty) protests aimed to disrupt the Government's Budget 2024.

‘People aren’t on a spreadsheet’ — nurses share pain over latest cut-backs with health leaders

A nurse who has quit and another who "literally ran" her entire shift were among those who spoke to Te Whatu Ora leaders face-to-face about latest cost-cutting -- one breaking down in tears as she spoke.

Financial support for nursing students ‘the way to go’, says new head of Nelson nursing school

Lack of financial support is stopping many students realising their dream of becoming a nurse, says the new head of Nelson nursing school.

‘It’s bittersweet, but I don’t think I want to nurse here anymore’

An Auckland nurse says she is reluctantly giving up on nursing in Aotearoa after burning out just six weeks after coming back to work here.

Nurses and kaiāwhina across Aotearoa brave chill winds to call for safer staffing

Nurses and kaiāwhina braving brutal near-zero temperatures in some places to speak up for safer staffing received warm support from the public as they rallied across the country today.

Strengthening cultural capability and Māori health nursing practice in Aotearoa

A graduate course run by Ara Institute of Canterbury and Te Whatu Ora aims to equip nurses with the skills and knowledge to be better nurses for Māori patients.

Antimicrobial stewardship in Aotearoa: Striving for safe, effective and equitable antimicrobial use

Pharmacist Sharon Gardiner presents an overview of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) -- watch this webinar and earn CPD time.

It’s cool to kōrero — June 2024

Puku -- belly, stomach

It’s cool to kōrero — May 2024

Kanohi -- face, eyesight

Hardworking Solomons nurses tackle rising tide of diabetes

A large array of challenges face the hardworking diabetes nurses in the Solomon Islands, as they strive to deliver care amid a growing diabetes crisis.

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Notice of NZNO 2024 Board Leadership Elections and call for nominations

Nominations are required to fill the following leadership positions on the NZNO Board: Kaiwhakahaere and Tumu Whakarae, and President and Vice-president.

Uncut – news briefs

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.
14 June

Health workforce numbers rise

Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand.
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