Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand

The story of Te Rūnanga O Aotearoa is part of the growth of the voice of wāhine Māori.
There are a range of ways nurses can ensure they obtain informed consent.
Despite efforts, pay parity for primary health care nurses has yet to be achieved.

NZNO welcomes mesh review

NZNO WOMEN’S health college chair Denise Braid is welcoming the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) decision to review all declined injury claims related to surgical mesh since 2005.

Plan for more strike action finalised

NZNO issued a strike notice late last month covering some 3200 primary health care (PHC) nurses and receptionist/administration staff across more than 500 practices and accident/medical centres nationwide.

NZNO ready to meet new Health Minister

NZNO leaders say they are looking forward to working with the new Minister of Health Andrew Little as soon as possible.

MECA claims underway

NZNO's district health board multi-employer collective agreement (DHB MECA) bargaining team is now waiting on information from the DHBs themselves in order to progress their claims.

‘Never felt so professionally compromised’

A nurse working in an Auckland COVID-19 isolation facility says she has "never felt so professionally compromised".

Wellington mental health staff ‘burning out’

NZNO is working with the Public Service Association (PSA) over staff and patient safety concerns at Wellington Hospital's mental health and addictions service, Te Whare o Matairangi (TWM).

Volunteer of the year

The 2020 Health Volunteer of the Year is Patricia (Patu) Sigley, nominated by Kororareka Marae Society. She also received the Māori health volunteer award.

Ara midwifery lecturer wins Ilam

Ara Institute of Technology midwifery lecturer Sarah Pallett has begun her new career as a Labour MP, representing the Ilam electorate. She won the seat resoundingly, ousting National MP and deputy leader Gerry Brownlee, who had held the seat since its creation in 1996.

Next year’s IND theme announced

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has announced the theme for International Nurses Day (IND) 2021.

College wants to attract more nurses into aged care

The NZNO college of gerontology nursing is working with the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) to bring a more person-centred approach to aged residential care (ARC) in New Zealand.

Celebrating older age diversity

The demography of older adults living in Aotearoa largely mirrors international trends and that includes a growing ageing population.1

The kaiwhakahaere comments

The harm caused by racism and discrimination can never be justified and is hard to heal.

Compassion fatigue takes its toll

Finding strategies to cope with workplace stress and burnout is important as the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt in aged care.

Talking about unconscious bias

It is possible to challenge our own biases and assumptions, and train ourselves to focus on the individual in front of us.

New president wants unity and solidarity

NZNO's new president has a range of skills to help her achieve what she wants to in the year ahead.

Aged residential care workers hit hard by COVID-19

A new Ministry of Health report has highlighted the incidence of COVID-19 among health-care workers and the need for a nationally consistent approach to managing pandemics in the aged residential care sector.

The power of older person-centred care

COVID-19 has provided a great opportunity to "reset" aged care and create a culture where older people can "flourish", said person-centred care expert and nursing professor at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University, Brendon McCormack.

Advertising in Kai Tiaki down through the decades

This is the first of a two-part analysis looking at how advertising in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand has changed in the decades since its inception in 1908, and some of the historical factors behind the changes.

Ageist rhetoric ‘pervasive’

An independent human rights expert visited New Zealand in March this year. Her recently released report contains recommendations to ensure older people’s human rights are met.

Honouring the voices of Māori women

The story of Te Rūnanga O Aotearoa is part of the ongoing growth of the voice of wāhine Māori.

‘Quiet’ neonatal nurse makes a difference

Long-time Christchurch Women's Hospital nurse Bernard Hutchinson has been awarded neonatal nurse of the year by the neonatal nurses college Aotearoa (NNCA) for his quiet "behind-the-scenes" work to make a difference.

Ensuring informed consent for hearing-impaired patients

There are a range of ways nurses can ensure they obtain informed consent from hearing-impaired patients.

Teaching palliative care skills

As our population ages, the need for palliative care will increase. Greater clarity around undergraduate palliative and end-of-life care curriculum content is needed to prepare the future health workforce.

Talking about health: Experiences with the general practice team and support for self-management

The fifth and final of a series of professional education articles based on the Talking about Health study looks at the relationships between people with long-term conditions and general practice nurses and doctors.

The challenges IQNs face

Internationally qualified nurses face many challenges when they begin nursing in New Zealand. But there are also opportunities. A research study is looking at both.

Youth and school nurses come together

After a year of restrictions, more than 120 school and youth nurses, counsellors and other health professionals came together at the inaugural school and youth nurse symposium Where Nursing and Youth unite – connect, collaborate & coordinate, held in September at Hamilton's Rototuna High School.

How will end-of-life law affect nurses?

NZNO will start drawing up guidelines for nurses over the next 12 months on how to work within the new end-of-life law next year.

Neonatal nurses share learning

The neonatal nurses' college Aotearoa (NNCA) ran a day of workshops in October for nurse practitioners and those on the pathway, nurse managers, leaders and those who collect the data for the Australia and New Zealand neonatal network (ANZNN).

Aged care

NZNO on ARC pandemic plan; ARC nurses seek feedback on the "geriatric 5Ms"; and Otago gerontology nurse Margaret Stevenson is inducted onto the NZNO college of gerontology nursing's honour roll.

The struggle for pay parity in PHC

Despite prolonged and concerted efforts, pay parity for primary health care nurses has yet to be achieved.

All adverse events must be reported

Reporting of adverse events in all health-care settings must be comprehensive and transparent. Health professionals have a role to play in advocating for robust patient safety systems.

CCDM: Huge progress at one DHB

More than 100 additional full-time equivalent (FTE) nursing, midwifery and caregiver positions have been approved at Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) for the 2020/21 year, following implementation of the care capacity demand management (CCDM) programme over the past two years.

NZNO organiser gains Labour seat

NZNO has lost one of its Christchurch-based organisers, while Banks Peninsula has gained a new MP.

Aged care: Heritage achieves settlements

Union members working at Heritage Lifecare have endorsed their 2020 wage offer, with 90 per cent of members supporting it.

Negotiations at CHT Healthcare continue

Negotiations for a collective agreement at CHT Healthcare Trust sites are continuing, with the main sticking point gaining movement on our sick leave claim.

Organ donation a key issue for Māori

A transplant hui held earlier this year enabled Māori to hear stories of organ donation and to share open conversations about the process.

Porirua public health nurse works at the ‘flax roots’ to cultivate wellbeing

"My clients are your patients," said public health nurse Lizzy Kepa-Henry in her address to the conference. "But I am only one person working across two Work and Income [WINZ] sites in Porirua and Naenae, and one of only three registered nurses working in WINZ sites nationally."

‘Listening more important than telling’

Walking "beside" Māori whānau and communities is critically important, Māori health leaders say. And nurses are well-placed to "get alongside" to support them.