Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand

‘The key performance indicator I have to meet is with my people’

In the third part of a series on NZNO's board members, Tauranga nurse Anamaria Watene says she finds solace in her marae, Tahuwhakatiki, and sacred local mountain, Mauao, when challenges such as racial prejudice become too much.

Battle looms over incentive payments

A battle is looming over incentive payments for additional shifts to fill desperately under-staffed hospital wards. NZNO members are vowing to stop doing them completely for the week of October 3-9 in a national protest while Te Whatu Ora says there won't be any need for them after September 30 anyway.

Aussie-run private hospital nurses go on 24-hour strike

More than 200 nurses across three private hospitals run by Australian company Evolution Healthcare Ltd went on strike for 24 hours from 7am today, after urgent mediation failed.

Primary health nurses take their message to the streets, the Government, and the Minister

Primary health and Plunket members walked off the job, and onto the streets, to escalate their demand for pay parity with hospital colleagues.

‘I always thought you had to be rich . . . and Māori couldn’t be nurses’

Rotorua practice nurse manager Tracey Morgan shares her story, and goals for the NZNO Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa board, as part of a series on the newly elected directors who met for the first time this week.

Members nationwide gear up for week-long boycott of extra shifts

Nurses across the country are preparing to take a stand against dangerous short-staffing on hospital wards.

NZNO delegate Donna Marsh updates the safe staffing poster.

Dunedin nurse takes short-staffing into her own hands with home-made poster

Tired of waiting for official unsafe staffing warning signs, Dunedin critical care nurse Debbie Robinson created her own very public display of just how dire short-staffing was in the hospital.

NZNO members silently protest to Andrew Little over ‘reneging’ on promised back pay

When Minister of Health Andrew Little took to the podium at NZNO's conference a group of five members made their own point, silently holding signs at the back of the room. Printed in purple, each sign held by members from the NZNO Central Regional Council simply stated the start date for back pay, as agreed … Continue reading "NZNO members silently protest to Andrew Little over ‘reneging’ on promised back pay"

Maranga Mai! — rise up — is our plan to save the health system

Maranga Mai! – rise up – is a plan to save New Zealand’s health system, NZNO chief executive Paul Goulter tells conference delegates.

NZNO rules changed to protect against racism, hate and clarity on dual membership entitlements

NZNO’s constitution will make it a disciplinary offence for members to “incite racism or hate”, following a vote announced at NZNO's annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday.

Free NZNO membership for nursing students ‘an example for Government’

Student members say NZNO is "leading by example" by granting free membership to nursing students.

Stop work meeting Christchurch

Primary health care nurses to strike on October 27

Nurses providing vital care to patients in the community want movement on stalled pay talks. Over 4000 of them will walk off the job for four hours on October 27.

‘ED has become so dangerous and unsafe that I personally needed to move out’

In the second of a series of profiles of the incoming NZNO board, Kaitiaki speaks to Wairarapa nurse practitioner Lucy McLaren.

NZNO board election results brings a mix of new and returning directors

The NZNO 2022 board election results bring mixture of current, former and new board members.

Nursing Council announces changes to competency testing for overseas nurses

Direct competency and clinical assessments, alongside cultural safety education, are among crucial changes for internationally-qualified nurses (IQNs) coming to work in New Zealand from 2024.

Saju was six months into his nursing degree when tragedy struck

In a new series, Kaitiaki gets to know our board. Kicking it off, we spoke to novice board member Saju Cherian who was inspired to become a nurse by his late wife Shanty.

‘This was Sue’s magic, this is how she touched people’

The sudden death of mental health nurse and NZNO delegate Susan Cade has left colleagues shocked and grieving. Kaitiaki spoke to colleagues and family about the much-loved nurse.

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.

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.

The reality of ED — ‘noisy, overcrowded, unsafe and broken down’

A nurse practitioner spells out the reality of working in an overcrowded, noisy, and ill-equipped ED, where tired nurses are rationing care while dealing with abusive, distressed patients.

With assisted dying now a reality, what do nurses need?

Nurses need clear policies and guidelines to give them confidence when dealing with assisted dying requests.

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.

Maranga Mai! Tino rangatiratanga – what needs to change?

Maranga Mai! – NZNO’s campaign to fix the nursing crisis – calls for a renewed commitment to equity and tino rangatiratanga for Māori nurses and patients, amidst reports of “endemic racism within the profession”.

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.

Biological medicines: Transitioning to Amgevita — a biosimilar of adalimumab

Most patients taking the biological medicine adalimumab are transitioning to a "biosimilar" version of the drug called Amgevita. This article explains why this is happening, and how nurses in primary care can help smooth the transition.

It’s cool to kōrero — October

Kei te rongo au i te ua. — I hear the rain

SEPTEMBER crossword

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OCTOBER crossword

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Respiratory nurses breathe in ‘relief’ as symposium finally gets off the ground

A palpable sense of relief and satisfaction was felt at the end of the NZNO College of Respiratory Nurses online respiratory symposium on bronchiectasis -- a long-term lung condition where the airways are damaged.