Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand

Former nurse illuminates the effects of abuse

I have just finished reading Anne Thurston’s recently published book Notes from Inside: A courageous woman’s experiences of domestic violence and mental illness.

Attitudes to vaccination have changed little in 80 years, says former ‘fever’ nurse  

Former nurse Una O’Neill, of Christchurch, says today's opposition to COVID-19 vaccinations echoes opposition she saw in 1940s England when she nursed in “fever wards” in World War II.

Not a crisis?

Thousands of nurses speak out in response to Health Minister Andrew Little's refusal to acknowledge a health system they say is 'in or beyond' crisis.

Real nurses star in campaign to draw more Māori, Pasifika & men into nursing  

NZNO nurses from military to burns and plastic surgery feature in a new NZNO-Ministry of Health (MoH) recruitment drive to encourage more people into nursing -- particularly Māori, Pasifika and men.

Nurses around the country protest lower pay in primary health care

Health Minister Andrew Little promises pay parity "a priority" as protests held around the motu in support of primary health care (PHC) nurses.

NZNO puts out call for Pasifika nurses at Southland Polyfest

"What could be better than our rangatahi meeting proud Māori and Pasifika nurses?" NZNO students reach out to Pasifika community

Members urged to turn out for primary health care nurses

NZNO members are being encouraged to turn up for a 'day of action'  being held around the country on Monday in support of pay parity for primary health care nurses.

Nursing Council eases written English test for overseas nurses

The Nursing Council is easing standards on the written English test for overseas-trained nurses, in an effort to reduce barriers.

Stepping up and speaking up, across the ditch

NZNO's Maranga Mai! campaign has strong echoes across the Tasman in New South Wales, where nurses and midwives are fighting for nurse-patient ratios and "stepping up and speaking up" about the pressures they are under.

12 candidates standing in NZNO board of directors elections 2022

Nominations were called for the NZNO Board of Directors on 17 June and closed at 12 noon, Friday 15 July 2022. As there were more than seven nominations received for the seven vacancies on the Board, an election is required. The following article contains the candidate profiles and photos of the candidates standing for the … Continue reading "12 candidates standing in NZNO board of directors elections 2022"

Thanks minister, but please put nurses on the fast-track to residency

NZNO is cautiously welcoming a raft of new health workforce measures and a global nurse recruitment campaign -- but says ultimately Aotearoa needs to grow its own health workforce.

Member voting opens on three remits ahead of September AGM

Members have until Sept 9 to vote on three remits relating to membership fees for students; supporting NZNO values and not bringing the organisation into disrepute; and proposed changes for NZNO members who belong to other unions.

Vigilance needed over New Zealand’s hard-won abortion rights

New Zealand's gains in abortion rights could 'easily' be lost as in the United States, warns a senior women's health nurse.

It’s time to truly recognise the contribution of enrolled nurses

The struggles of the enrolled nurse (EN) profession are well-documented and it is time ENs are truly recognised for what they contribute.

Nurse leader pleads for funding as staffing shortage forces closure of 900 aged-care beds

Nurses in aged care are burning out and breaching their contracts working extended shifts to fill roster gaps, amid increasingly complex need of residents, says an aged care nurse leader.

Why Whangārei’s ED nurses said ‘No’ to extra shifts

Exhaustion, frustration and anger have led emergency nurses at Whangārei Hospital to hand over responsibility for staffing gaps to those in charge.

Plunket nurses ‘stunned’ at zero per cent pay rise offer

Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurses seeking pay parity with Te Whatu Ora nurses say a zero per cent pay offer is "demoralising".

What you can do about unsafe staffing on your ward

NZNO members went on strike last year and won -- alongside pay increases -- an agreement that employers return to safe staffing levels.

Witch hunts and perfect storms — why nurses attack their own leaders

"Oppressed group behaviour" may explain why some nurses promoted to leadership positions find themselves undermined by former colleagues.

Sitting at the top table — he karanga ki ngā tapuhi Māori

Māori nurse, lecturer and researcher puts out a call for more Māori nurses to join roopu on growing the Māori nursing workforce.

The struggles facing student nurses in today’s world

Resilience is key as inflation heaps pressure on 'beautiful' but stretched nursing students

Te wero, our challenge, to grow our own workforce

The COVID-19 surge workforce -- of unregulated health workers -- could be an important source of new nurses.

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.

Introduction to biological medicines

Biological medicines are being increasingly used to treat a range of conditions in New Zealand. Nurses need to understand what they are, how they are used and possible side effects in the patients they care for.

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.

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.

Maranga Mai! Education — what needs to change?

About a third of Aotearoa’s nursing workforce is comprised of overseas-trained nurses, nurse vacancies are into the thousands and an estimated one in three nursing students are dropping out — with even higher rates for Māori and Pacific1. In the first of a series exploring Maranga Mai!, NZNO’s campaign to fix the nursing crisis, Kaitiaki … Continue reading "Maranga Mai! Education — what needs to change?"

Maranga Mai! Registration — what needs to change?

As Aotearoa New Zealand faces down a nursing shortfall of thousands, changes are afoot to how overseas nurses are registered here. In the second part of a series exploring Maranga Mai!, NZNO's campaign to fix the nursing crisis, Kaitiaki looks at what needs to change in the registration process.

Harris marked a milestone in male nursing

NZ's first male general nurse faced opposition stepping into a female profession.

Transforming the system to enable good lives for disabled people

Under the health reforms, disabled people get their own ministry and more control over their lives and the support they receive.

What employment means for people with schizophrenia

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

Self-advocacy: An important skill for students on clinical placement

To gain the most from clinical placements, nursing students need to know how to communicate confidently with their preceptors - about what they do and don't know.

Nurse prescribing — the way of the future

Growing numbers of nurse prescribers are improving access to medicines.

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Financial help available from Nurses Memorial Fund

In these ongoing challenging times of COVID-19, many people are experiencing financial hardship and we write to highlight the help available from the New Zealand Nurses Memorial Fund (NZNMF).

Ode to Shortland Street

I wrote this poem in honour of the Government's latest recruitment plan for nursing, and read it out at a recent delegates' meeting. I thought the wider membership might like to read it too:

Fast-tracking overseas nurses will only ‘steal’ them from other countries

I enjoyed your articles in the latest journal. I would like to comment on Mary Longmore’s article regarding fast tracking residency for nurses.

Community prescribing takes off in Midland programme

Thank you for the article by Kathy Stodart in July, highlighting the positive impact of nurse prescribing, and the registered nurse prescriber in community health role (RNPCH).

Nurses look like ‘fools’

Regarding the letter written by Sam Mojel (May 11, 2022), it was EXACTLY what I was thinking and questioning.