January 31, 2023
NZNO leadership has praised new Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall for her “genuine approach”, while urging her to take swift action on pay parity – and outgoing Minister Andrew Little was thanked for “keeping door open and the conversation going”.
Read more... Pay parity, pay equity for nurses: biggest challenges for new minister of health
January 30, 2023
An experienced nurse shares her struggles with IV cannulation.
Read more... ‘My hands shake as I apologise for the millionth time’
January 27, 2023
Desperate Whānau Āwhina Plunket members have voted to accept a three per cent lift in pay which they previously rejected, to stave off further financial hardship. They are now putting their hope in a pay parity top up which the Minister of Health has committed to.
Read more... ‘I feel like s…’ — vote for three per cent wage relief leaves sour taste
January 25, 2023
An Auckland nurse has completed her fifth tour of duty with Mercy Ships, and is inspired by the resilience of her patients who come from countries often lacking basic health care.
Read more... Lives transformed by Mercy Ships’ surgical care
January 24, 2023
Thames Hospital ED normally has three day shifts for doctors, but recently this dropped to just one – a situation which left patients and staff vulnerable to serious adverse events, NZNO members say.*
Read more... Just one doctor at Thames Hospital – ‘a huge risk’
December 23, 2022
As primary health care nurses grit their teeth to hold out for a better pay deal in the new year, a report commissioned by the interim health transition unit shows their employers are woefully underfunded.
Read more... Report shows funding gap of nine per cent for general practices
December 23, 2022
World Cup Rugby winners, the Black Ferns, took time out from their public celebrations to champion the cause of nurses in Wellington this month.
Read more... Black Ferns take time out from celebrations to tautoko nurses
December 22, 2022
Karene Walton, NZNO’s recently appointed director of organising, says there’s never been a better, or more important, time for NZNO members to take collective action.
Read more... ‘This is my way of giving back to nursing’ – union powerhouse starts role at NZNO
December 22, 2022
Migrant nurses are welcoming the Government’s move to put them on the straight-to-residency visa – but say they should have been included from the start.
Read more... New Zealand ‘preferred destination’ for overseas nurses after visa changes
December 20, 2022
Wāhi Kōrero is a unique research project where patients share their stories of care that did not meet their needs, via an online story-sharing platform. In the first part of this project, young mothers share challenging accounts of their experiences with Well Child nurses.
Read more... `Kōrero I wish I could’ve had with the Well Child nurse’
December 16, 2022
Nurses employed by Te Whatu Ora are welcoming a lift to their pay rates as an interim measure to recognise gender-pay discrimination — but many remain sceptical.
Read more... Interim pay equity lift brings celebration, relief and disbelief
December 13, 2022
Kind, caring – and incredibly strong. That is how colleagues from the close-knit neonatal intensive care (NICU) at Dunedin Hospital remember Lesley Elliott.
Read more... Strength ‘tinged with sadness’ — Lesley Elliott remembered by nursing colleagues
December 9, 2022
In the final of our NZNO board member profiles, Wellington perioperative nurse Simon Auty describes the grisly experiences that drove him to become a nurse.
Read more... Grisly experiences drove history graduate into nursing
December 9, 2022
Antimicrobial resistance — when pathogens develop resistance to drugs used to fight them — is a serious threat to health care in New Zealand and around the world. Antimicrobial stewardship — ie careful and appropriate use of antimicrobial drugs (including antibiotics) — is vital to preserving the effectiveness of these medicines.
This article explains the key role of primary care in antimicrobial stewardship. There is a clear role for prescribers, but nonprescribers such as primary health care nurses also have an important part to play in supporting the appropriate use of antimicrobials.
Read more... How primary care can improve antimicrobial stewardship
December 8, 2022
At the heart of Maranga Mai! – NZNO’s campaign to fix the nursing crisis – are individual members who are empowered to act collectively for change. The goal is “building member power” by growing the membership, and increasing member support for each other, to gain permanent solutions to the health care crisis.
Read more... Maranga Mai! Rowing towards change on the same waka
December 7, 2022
After a three-and-a-half-year battle, including a grilling on the witness stand, delegate and hospice nurse Rachel Clarke is thrilled to the Employment Court found she and her colleagues at Arohanui Hospice Palmerston North, were entitled to be paid for public holidays not worked.
Read more... ‘I just wouldn’t let them rattle me’ – NZNO wins three-year battle over public holiday pay
November 29, 2022
Long-time NZNO flight nurse leader Toni Johnston was “blindsided” by a double-award whammy after stepping down as College of Air and Surface Transport Nurses (COASTN) chair after seven years.
Read more... Long-time NZNO flight nurse chair recognised with double awards
November 28, 2022
New online learning modules to support health professionals’ working knowledge and understanding of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights have been launched.
Read more... New online learning series on consumer rights will ‘strengthen patient relationship’ — HDC