April 2023

September 7, 2023

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July 2023

Mahere hau — an integrated bicultural nursing assessment framework

August 2, 2023

Learning how to assess patients is at the foundation of nursing education. Staff at Waikato University’s new nursing programmes have devised an assessment framework which incorporates the values they espouse — using a bicultural and holistic approach to care which embeds mental health in all parts of the curriculum.

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July 2023

Managing patients’ antibiotic expectations

July 17, 2023

Tackling inappropriate use of antibiotics is vital to preserving the effectiveness of these important drugs. In this country, for example, amoxicillin + clavulanic acid remains the second most-used antibiotic, despite very limited indications for its use.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics may stem partly from meeting patient expectations for treatment. The following case study highlights how both prescribers and non-prescribers can help to ensure antibiotics are used appropriately.

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