Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand

Integration of IQNs results in greater job satisfaction and better retention rates.
The Mercy Ships charity has brought surgical care to Africa for 40 years.
Patients who meet all the criteria specified in the act will be able to request assisted dying.

NZNO fights parking fees

NZNO member Erin Kennedy, delegate Darren Swan and organiser Jo Coffey presented a petition with nearly 1000 signatures to the Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) in December protesting car-parking fee increases for staff.

Fewer prof forums in 2021

There will be fewer NZNO professional forums in 2021 due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, but members will have the option of joining via Zoom, professional nursing adviser (PNA) Catherine Lambe says.

Research journal out

The effect of COVID-19 on conducting research is highlighted in the 2020 issue of NZNO’s research journal, Kai Tiaki Nursing Research (KTNR).

Kai Tiaki to go online

Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand will be available online in 2021, following a 2015 remit to offer members a choice of either a printed or electronic copy.

Musa leaving NZNO for mental health role

Departing NZNO chief executive Memo Musa is returning to his nursing practice specialty, with a new role in the mental health and addiction sector.

Chief nurse departs busy role

One "silver lining" from COVID-19 was seeing nurses step up to lead the country's response in areas such as personal protective equipment (PPE), contact-tracing and infection prevention and control (IPC), departing chief nurse Margareth Broodkoorn told Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand.

Meeting with minister?

NZNO leaders have requested a meeting with new Health Minister Andrew Little, to discuss health inequities, workforce issues, racism, safe staffing and the impacts of COVID-19.

A PHC pay offer before Christmas?

Primary health care (PHC) nurses took to the streets again last month in their first-ever 24-hour strike.

Nursing voice ‘essential’ in mesh processes

Manawatu continence nurse Lucy Keedle hopes to bring a nurse's "holistic" perspective to the Ministry of Health's (MoH) surgical mesh round table.

Gentle singing brings comfort

When words are not enough, there is always singing. This is the philosophy behind the Wellington group Whakaahuru – The Gentle Singers.

Infection fears at MIQs

Nurses working in Auckland's managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities are being declined Christmas leave due to ongoing staff shortages, says an NZNO organiser.

Unsafe staffing reports

Concerns about safe staffing at managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities, particularly in Auckland, continue to be reported to NZNO, acting associate professional services manager Kate Weston said.

Tackling inequality to improve outcomes

Te Aniwa Sullivan began using her birth name 15 years ago. Until then, and especially during her school and nurse training days, she was known as Doey (a family nickname), Daphne or Toni. Because school teachers couldn't pronounce her name, they decided what name they would call her. 

Nursing medals from yesteryear

As part of the celebrations to mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife at the Whanganui District Health Board, a display of nursing medals was mounted in the cabinet in the main hospital corridor.

The president’s wish list for 2021

What a year 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, has been! COVID-19 lockdowns have been front and centre, primary health care (PHC) staff have had to take strike action and some health services have been cut.

How to retain IQNs

If internationally-qualified nurses are successfully integrated into the work environment, they experience greater job satisfaction and will have better retention rates.

It’s time to jump in the pool

NZNO needs its members to be involved in its campaigns. Sitting passively on the side-lines, waiting for things to happen, is not what democracy is about.

NPs gifted new Māori title

History was made last month when nurse practitioners received the gift of a new name – mātanga tapuhi.

Case points the way to the future

An historic case against a nurse who made racist comments on social media demonstrates how 'law' and 'lore' can work together.

Nurse understands grief

Named neonatal nurse of the year for his 'quiet' support of families, Bernard Hutchinson knows what they are going through.

Nurses share tales of COVID-19 at 2020 South Pacific Nurses Forum

New Zealand and Australian nurses describe the 'scary rollercoaster' of working in a global pandemic, in virtual regional meeting.

Double the healing, double the hope

The Mercy Ships charity has brought surgical care to Africa for 40 years. A new ship, to be launched next year, will more than double services, changing lives and communities.

The changing nature of advertising in Kai Tiaki

This second article of a two-part analysis looks at advertising in the second 50 years of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand’s existence and how the nature of that advertising changed, compared to the first 50 years.

A Kai Tiaki journey reaches its end

Co-editor Anne Manchester riffles through 25 years of highlights, before closing the Kai Tiaki keyboard for the last time.

District nurse captures King Country images

It was only a few years ago that neonatal nurse Sara McIntyre began to see herself as a photographer.

Stories from a nurse/midwife in times of crisis

New Zealand nurse and midwife Barbara Walker has spent most of her working life among some of the world's most challenging and heart-breaking situations.

IQN on NP path in gerontology

Filipino nurse Aloha Sison came to New Zealand six years ago and is on the path to become a nurse practitioner. She urges other internationally-qualified nurses to overcome language and confidence barriers and aim high.

Trauma nurses ambitious for future

The Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 and the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December required trauma responses on a scale and type not previously required in this country. The trauma nursing workforce was critical to the response to both these events.

Health literacy can improve inequities

Improving health literacy can help bridge health inequities, and also improve the care palliative services provide to Māori whānau.

COVID vaccines need ultra-cold cold chain

Two new COVID-19 vaccines have had promising early results, but their extreme cold chain requirements are a major challenge.

COVID spotlight an ‘opportunity’

Having a COVID-19 pandemic in the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife had put a "dual spotlight” on nurses and midwives, and the opportunity to advance nursing and midwifery, World Health Organization (WHO) chief nursing officer Elizabeth Iro told the forum.

Indigenous voices still sought for ICN

The South Pacific Nurses Forum (SPNF) is to form a working group to find ways of better representing indigenous nurses on the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Recent acquisitions to the NZNO library

The following is a selection of books on a range of topics that have been added to the NZNO library over the past two years, some of them new and others new to the library.

Implementing the End of Life Choice Act: Support for members

Now the referendum on the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (EOLCA) has passed, patients who meet all the criteria specified in the act will be able to request assisted dying from November 5, 2021.

Emergency nurses shown appreciation

For many of us, there is a sense that the sooner 2020 is over and done with, the better.

Nurses learn how to keep bullying at bay

About 30 nurses discussed bullying and different communication styles at an NZNO forum on navigating workplace relationships in Hamilton last month.

Enrolled nurses & nurse practitioners step into primary mental health care

Enrolled nurses (ENs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are to play a key role in expanding community mental health and addiction services, under a new University of Auckland (UoA)–led primary health initiative.

Nurse leaders share tips on avoiding burnout

The nursing leadership section, tapuhi mana whakatipu, gleaned tips on avoiding burnout at its annual general meeting on November 5, held via Zoom.

NZNO subscriptions 2021

In November 2020 the board of directors considered a proposal from chief executive Memo Musa to increase membership fees. A range of options were provided in the proposal.

Members to be part of constitutional review

Representatives from the mental health nursing section and cancer nurses college will be invited to be involved in the review of NZNO’s constitution, it was agreed at November’s NZNO board meeting.

Membership rise predicted

NZNO membership in the first four months of this financial year has seen a net decrease of 2.3 per cent, corporate services manager David Woltman told the board.

NZNO braces for revamp

NZNO will need to "punch way above its weight" to support nurses through a period of change, when the Government begins a health restructure, chief executive Memo Musa told the board.

Māori model of organising and wellbeing in pipeline

A draft Māori model of wellbeing and organising, He Tāngata Ara Poutama, has been presented to te poari after six months of work by NZNO Māori cultural adviser Manny Downs.

$5000 for Lebanon’s nurses

NZNO's board has agreed to donate $5000 to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) disaster fund, to support the Order of Nurses in Lebanon, following the catastrophic explosion in August this year.

Reflections on the Indigenous Nurses Conference

NZNO communications and media assistant Hugo Robinson attended the 2020 Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference in November, and reflects on his impressions of the power of the kōrero.

The power of story telling in medicine

Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) was the first speaker at the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference. She is an award-winning broadcaster and commentator who, having decided to head to medical school six years ago, will begin as a junior doctor at Middlemore Hospital next year.

‘Race influenced who died of COVID-19’

Bonnie Castillo, RN, is the executive director of National Nurses United (NNU) and of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organising Committee (CNA/NNOC). She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2020.