Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand

Nurses need to maximise their voice in the planning stages, before changes become law.
Introducing our new co-editor Joel Maxwell.
Pooja Gupta from Nepal is thriving in her first New Zealand nursing role.
From left, NZNO organiser Jo Coffey, with petition signatories, Ella Thurnell, Penny Crisp and Adriana Cato-Symonds, and NZNO organiser Penny Clark.

‘One woman waited nine hours in ED’: Organisers hit streets to gather support for nursing cause

Hordes of mid-afternoon walkers blasted up and down Willis St, Wellington, but there were clipboards, pens and the nursing kaupapa awaiting their attention.

Labour Finance Minister Grant Robertson delivers the Wellbeing Budget in The Beehive. Labour Ministers, from left, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Health Minister (Māori Health) Peeni Henare.

Budget 2021: Government lays out cash for transition to new health system

The Government has splashed $486 million in Budget 2021 to kick start its planned health system revamp.

Membership surge after strike news

A surge of nurses joined NZNO the day it announced plans to strike next month, and is continuing, after an “overwhelming” vote by members over district health board pay negotiations.

‘Preventable’ virus costs 17,000 health workers’ lives globally

At least 17,000 health workers died in the past year as the world reacted too slowly to the “preventable” COVID-19 pandemic, a new World Health Organisation report has found.

NZNO nurses protesting on the picket line

Nurses vote to strike on June 9

NZNO members working in District Health Boards (DHBs) have "overwhelmingly" voted to strike after rejecting last month's offer in multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations.

‘Strong’ response in DHB strike ballot

NZNO's district health board (DHB) members have given a "strong" response in an online strike ballot, says lead advocate David Wait.

Pay freeze ‘unpleasant bolt from blue’

An extended pay freeze across the public sector for staff earning more than $60,000 was disrespectful to nurses and "the entire public sector", says NZNO lead advocate David Wait.

NZNO in talks with DHBs over life-preserving services

NZNO is working with district health boards (DHBs) and delegates on contingency plans for patient safety in case a strike by DHB members goes ahead next month.

Nurses will help ‘shape’ reforms: Minister

Health Minister Andrew Little has promised nurses will help "shape" profound changes mooted in the Government's health reforms.

Filipino nurses stopped at border

The ambassador to the Philippines has stepped in to ask the New Zealand Government to change its visa rules after eight Filipino nurses trying to fly to New Zealand were halted at Manila’s airport earlier this year.

NZNO ‘disappointed’ at midwives’ comments

NZNO was "very disappointed" at comments made about nurses by midwifery leaders, reported in an April 14 Stuff article (Safety concerns as nurses fill in for midwives), acting manager, nursing and professional services, Kate Weston said.

Nurses ‘profoundly affected’ by end-of-life law

Nurses must not be forgotten in the End of Life Choice Act (EOLCA), due to come into effect on November 7, NZNO says.

Kate Weston

Concerns over unregulated vaccinators

Questions remain over plans to use lay people in the Government's ambitious COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

New co-editor: ‘Nothing more important than health’

Tēnā koutou, e ngā rangatira, e ngā tāngata manawanui, e ngā kaimahi pai rawa atu i roto i tēnei ao hauora, otirā, i te ao o te roopu nei, NZNO.

Late CTU leader ‘unionist to her boots’

She was a "unionist to her boots" and had she lived, Helen Kelly might even have a nice view from a Beehive office by now.

‘Complex’ constitutional review pushed back

A review of NZNO's constitution is unlikely to be completed in time for the 2021 NZNO annual general meeting (AGM) in September, says NZNO's board of directors.

NZNO launches equity framework: ‘Everyone has a role to play’

"Everyone has a role to play" in making equity a core part of NZNO work, staff were told at the launch of NZNO's new equity framework last month.

Nurses’ COVID-19 contribution

Nurses' contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant in all areas of health care.

Pacific migrant nurses need fairer pathway

Warm greetings in the many Pacific languages spoken in Aotearoa. Kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, ni sa bula, kia orana, fakaalofa atu ki a motolu oti, taloha ni, kam na mauri, namaste, aloha mai, iorana, alofa atu, halo olketa, noa 'ia 'e mauri, koe kia, malo le kataki, talofa, kulo malulo, kaoha nui, … Continue reading "Pacific migrant nurses need fairer pathway"

NZNO Te Rūnanga members make their way on to Tūrangawaewae Marae, at Ngāruawāhia.

New Māori health authority needs independence and accountability

As part of a major overhaul of the health system, Health Minister Andrew Little in April announced a new Māori health authority.

Nurse with patient

Embedding the primary health care approach

What is primary health care and how can nurses embed the primary health care approach into their practice?

Pay equity – are we there yet?

Ensuring the pay equity process is robust is complex and time-consuming. But the end is in sight.

Filipino nurse leader will keep advocating

Migrant nurses make up more than a quarter of the New Zealand nursing workforce. In the first of four profiles of migrant nurses in this issue, co-editor Mary Longmore spoke to Auckland community health nurse Emmanuel (Manu) Pelayo.

Left to right: Clayre Jamieson, Shonam Maharaj, and Kelera Batiwale.

‘Connecting with our people’

New Zealand is a land of opportunities for Fijian nurse Kelera Batiwale and her family.

New Nepalese RN enjoys respect and autonomy

After a long bureaucratic journey, worsened by the lockdown, an RN from Nepal is thriving in her first New Zealand nursing role.

Randy Gopalla

At ease with a rural way of practice

It's a long way from Mauritius to the South Island's West Coast, but Randy Gopalla is comfortable with small-town life and more generalist rural practice.

The team at Wellington Hospital’s oncology, haemotology and renal ward throw a farewell party for long-serving HCA Annie Pahina

Farewell to Annie: Making connections part of her HCA role

After 21 years, Annie Pahina is retiring, but says she has "loved every day" working on the oncology, haematology and renal ward.

Low platelet numbers can indicate abnormal clotting.

Still much to learn on clotting and COVID-19 vaccines

A link has emerged between certain COVID-19 vaccines and blood clotting. The risk is very small, and, depending on the country, could be far outweighed by the risks of the disease.

Tired nurses sitting against a hospital corridor wall during a break. PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

Why are experienced nurses leaving work?

Experienced nurses are quitting the profession in droves. What’s driving them out and what might keep them working in acute care?

Child and youth nurses go places with Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss Enterprises has given the NZNO College of Child and Youth Nurses permission to use imagery from the famous book Oh The Places You’ll Go! and its te reo Māori translation Nōu te Ao, e Hika! to promote their symposium, after a nurse went straight to the top.

Diabetes, heart health huge problem in North

A nurse-led symposium to help Northland nurses working in primary care develop their skills working with long-term conditions such as diabetes and poor heart health last month had an "overwhelming" response.

Speaking up when things go wrong

Health workers must feel safe to speak up when things go wrong, and raise concerns without fear of retribution, a patient safety expert says.

Plunket negotiations underway in early May

Collective agreement (CA) negotiations between NZNO and Plunket were to take place on May 4 and 5, after members around the country endorsed a range of claims including a focus on Family Start and administration staff.

Hospice talks go to mediation

NZNO is going into mediation with Hospice New Zealand, after members rejected its proposed multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) in April.

Family Planning salaries benchmarked

Work to benchmark salaries for Family Planning (FP) nurses and other staff has been completed, primary health care industrial adviser Chris Wilson said.

NZNO delegates on the negotiating team are (left to right) health-care assistants Barbara Too Too, Veniana Rabo and Mata Ariki, and registered nurses Robin Moll and Therese Tating.

Sick leave key to deal at CHT Healthcare Trust

A proposed agreement between NZNO members and residential aged care provider CHT Healthcare Trust has been "overwhelmingly" ratified by 96 per cent of voting members, organiser Christina Couling said.

Aged care members ‘doing more with less’

Members working in aged care are under increasing pressure to do more with less, NZNO industrial adviser for aged care Lesley Harry says.

‘Overwhelming solidarity’ at St George’s

"Overwhelming solidarity" has seen a proposed collective agreement (CA) between St George's Hospital in Christchurch and NZNO ratified by 88 per cent of voting members.