Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand

They just need the confidence and experience to do so.
A recent mistake on social media suggests that I was not as savvy as I thought.
A registered nurse explains what an increase in staffing would mean for her.

‘Sense of urgency’ in Pacific community

Frontline nurses vaccinating Auckland’s Pacific communities against COVID-19 have seen thousands of people since the Delta outbreak began last month, says a nursing team leader.

Racism stirs up dawn raids memory for Pacific nurse

Pacific nurses had enough to cope with without racist comments in the media, Pacific Nurses’ Section chair ‘Eseta Finau said.

No strike but nurses go purple

Delta thwarted strike plans on August 19. Instead, members rolled up their sleeves and got to work on the pandemic frontline.

Masks and PPE ‘a concern’

NZNO is concerned about a lack of access to and poorly fitted N95 masks for frontline vaccination teams in Auckland, acting professional and nursing services manager Kate Weston says.

Staffing shortages laid bare by lockdown pressure

The COVID-19 lockdown has exposed chronic short-staffing as nurses were asked to work despite living with people potentially exposed to the virus.

NZNO successfully defends Employment Court LPS challenge

NZNO has claimed victory after being taken to the Employment Court by district health boards (DHBs) in their ongoing industrial dispute with members.

Data lag could hide vacancies

Just under 1200 nurse vacancies were reported across the country’s district health boards (DHBs) at March 31 this year – about five per cent of the 25,000 DHB nursing workforce – but the real vacancy rate is likely to be "significantly higher", says an NZNO safe staffing expert.

Get vaccinated, avoid spreading misinformation – Nursing Council

Nurses should get vaccinated – and shouldn't spread vaccine misinformation, the Nursing Council of New Zealand says.

Aged care nurses must await DHB deal – Little

Aged care nurses must wait for district health board (DHB) nurses to strike a pay deal before attaining their own pay parity, Minister of Health Andrew Little says.

NZNO staff moves – retirements & resignations

After 13 years at NZNO, policy analyst Māori Leanne Manson has resigned, to take up a senior role at Pharmac as pou tohu mātāmua (principal advisor) te whaioranga (Māori responsiveness strategy).

NZNO kaiwhakahaere wins global human rights award

Kerri Nuku wins award while Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference inspires Māori–healthcare professionals.

‘I do it for my whānau, hapū, my iwi’

The Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference 2021 wrapped with an awards evening at the Beehive, recognising the work of Māori nurses and students.

‘Be inspired’ – heed call of the maunga

It was a time for inspiration, whanaungatanga, important information – and some great news about final exams.

Of mice and nurses: The life and times of a fighting woman

She was the woman in black, and shooting from the lip.

A journey through time, memory, hope, to the top of the maunga

It was years ago, but Moana Jackson's first journey up his maunga might give meaning to new generations of Māori.

Te Tiriti to bolster new health legislation

The vaccination rollout and the health reforms were discussed by the Associate Health Minister.

Oranga Tamariki, health reforms, sit at ‘intersection’ for Māori

The man tapped to salvage child welfare agency Oranga Tamariki says health reforms could help stop Māori children being taken from whānau.

The virus on the edge of tomorrow: what it reveals about racism, and our ‘historical amnaesia’

It was a matter of when, not if, there would be a community case of the delta variant of COVID-19.

Whanaungatanga, inspiration – and fun

The Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference 2021 drew extraordinary speakers and dedicated Māori nurses and healthcare professionals to Te Papa.

‘Mental health nurse’ an outdated term

What an opportunity! Recent and coming health reforms will see significant changes in health structures and with that the opportunity to reconsider the ways we think about nursing and nursing care. The structural reforms also provide the opportunity for nurses practising in mental health to think about their nursing role and identity, and how it … Continue reading "‘Mental health nurse’ an outdated term"

Workplace policies needed on end of life law

Nurses need to think about what their roles will be under the End of Life Choice Act and seek the support and guidance they will need.

The Galleries: a Māori perspective on mental health

Bob Elliott’s 35-year-old model, painting a portrait of the Māori view of mental health, remains as relevant today as it was then.

From the Employment Contracts Act to the COVID-19 lockdown

Retiring NZNO professional nursing advisor Margaret Cain looks back at the big issues over three decades of working for nurses.

Hospice sector: Why political will and industrial strength matter

NZNO’s hospice members are facing employer tactics aimed at breaking up a hospice MECA.

Nurses ‘can do more’ in mental health

Nurses can do much more in the mental health space – they just need the confidence and experience to do so, says long-time mental health nurse Anthony O’Brien, who is weaving mental health care throughout a new nursing degree at the University of Waikato.

Lessons learned from Twitter

I have been teaching nurses professional boundaries,1 professional conduct and communication2 and the code of ethics3 for over 20 years. More recently I have taught nurses about the role and perils of social media using Nursing Council guides.4

‘Everybody has the right to express themselves’

Internet safety watchdog Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker says there is recourse for people being harassed online under the Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015).

Use social media ‘wisely’ – NZNO

NZNO and its members are currently in a phase of significant activity.

Imagine… the nightmares and dreams of an aged care nurse

A registered nurse working in aged care explains what an increase in staffing would mean for her.

Starting injectable medicine: How to prepare your T2DM patients

Health-care providers will already be familiar with insulin, but now dulaglutide, another injectable medicine for type 2 diabetes (T2DM), is available for initiation in primary care. It is important to build acceptability of injectable medicines early in the patient journey.

The dangers of Delta

Mutations are producing COVID-19 variants more dangerous than the original.

COVID-19 lockdown affects negotiations across sector

From primary health to hospitals, the shift to alert level 4 made hard work of progress on negotiations.

Kia kaha to all our members – thank you!

"NZNO's professional nursing advisors send their thanks and appreciation to all members for their tireless commitment and professional determination during these unprecedented times."

Campaign to fix nursing pay disparities?

NZNO's membership committee wants NZNO to focus on the difference in pay for nurses working for district health boards (DHBs) compared to those at iwi health providers, aged care facilities and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

New NZNO group for nurse practitioners

NZNO’S Nursing Leadership Section (NLS) is starting a new group for nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurse (RN) prescribers.

PHC nurses juggle vaccinating and contacts

Primary health-care (PHC) nurses have been working hard to make vaccination clinics safe with two-metre distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for vaccinators and support staff, since August’s sudden shift to level four, College of Primary Health Care Nurses acting chair Jill Clendon said.