News bulletin 31 August

on 31 August

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 608 Wednesday 31 August 2022

Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally


New Zealand news

Public health champion pleads for rebuild of prevention efforts |

Palmerston North-based kuia Ann Shaw, the first nurse to be named a New Zealand Public Health Champion, said it was “terribly sad” to see the current stress on patients and frontline health workers.


Government and employers in stand-off over community nurse pay |

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) held a public rally calling for better pay for primary ...


Community nurses take their frustation over pay to the streets |

Nurses in general practice surgeries, aged-care homes, and Plunket and iwi health centres who work to keep patients out of over-stretched hospitals are voting with their feet and leaving for Australia as their pay lags behind that of their hospital colleagues.


Symptoms reflect an unhealthy system | Otago Daily Times Online News

A nurse working in primary healthcare (e.g. medical centres) earns 10-20% less than a nurse working for Te Whatu Ora Health NZ (previously the DHBs) ...


Urgent action needed to make working in NZ attractive for trained migrant nurse -

"It doesn't make any sense to exclude the nursing profession from applying ... "For many overseas nurses, New Zealand's immigration settings means ...


The frontline nurses on second-class pay

Denise Moore is a primary health care nurse and New Zealand Nurses Organisation delegate who lives and works in Christchurch.

OPINION: Did you know there are different types of nurses in New Zealand?


Primary health care nurses fight for funding - The Bay's News First - SunLive

Primary health care nurses joined members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation to hold a public rally at Tauranga’s Red Square today from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.


Primary health care nurses rally around New Zealand - YouTube

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation say a nurse at a medical centre generally earns between 10% and 20% less than their Te Whatu Ora counterparts.


Students put on suicide watch at short-staffed hospital | Star News - Otago Daily Times

Two Otago Polytechnic student nurses called in to help at the chronically short-staffed Dunedin Hospital last month were asked to do a suicide watch on a patient.


New Zealand nurse heading to Ukraine undeterred by Ardern's warning the Government ...

A New Zealand nurse who is heading to Ukraine to work as a medic on the frontline is undeterred by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's warning that the Government can't help bring Kiwis' bodies home if they're killed.


International news

UK to recruit nurses from Nepal under new government deal

Up to 100 nurses are to be recruited from Nepal to work in the NHS, despite global restrictions on employing health workers because of staff ...


How nurses recruited from Zimbabwe are being caught in UK 'bonded labour' schemes

NHS series: Care workers, lured from south east Africa to start their careers in this country, are being scammed and exploited by middlemen.


B.C. health care: Calls for more visibility from 'top nurse' - CTV News Vancouver

For the first time in a decade, Canada has a chief nursing officer – and that has B.C. nursing groups eying a bigger role for the provincial ...


Making It Free To Study Nursing And Midwifery - Mirage News

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s healthcare system with free university and specialist training for thousands of nurses and midwives.


Remote nursing should be classed as a 'specialist-generalist' role: study

Whether it’s isolation, lack of resources or the length of time required to develop trust with locals, nurses say working in remote Australian communities is a lot different to being in a city hospital.


Aged care

There's a 'gap' in what we know about dementia in Aotearoa: its impact on Māori

A team of Kiwi researchers are working to unpick whether a person’s genetic, biological, neurological and lifestyle factors could predict whether they will develop Alzheimer's disease.



Prepare for pollen season warns Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) is warning people with allergies and asthma to prepare for an intense spring and summer, as forecasts indicate ideal conditions for pollen production.


Cancer issues

Report - Why Do Our Young Lead Developed World In Poor Mental Health?

In 2020, UNICEF ranked New Zealand last of 38 developed countries in child mental well-being. In a new report for Family First, " Child and Youth Mental Health: Why New Zealand's young lead the developed world in poor mental health", researcher Lindsay Mitchell explores the UNICEF claim.


Emergency/urgent care

Middlemore ED 'abnormally busy' when patient left and later died, review finds | RNZ News

The findings from an investigation into a patient's death at Middlemore Hospital's emergency department in June highlight the extreme pressures it had been operating under due to staffing shortages and surging patient numbers.


HDC cases and disciplinary actions

'Tinder killer' who murdered ex-wife's date has nursing registration cancelled

A man serving a four-decade jail sentence for murder has had his registration as a nurse in New Zealand cancelled.


Health workforce and recruitment

Nursing shortage will take decades to eliminate - New Zealand National Party

Erica Stanford. Labour is failing to attract overseas nurses, with the Immigration Minister confirming today that just 24 offshore nurses have ...


A 'very long queue' of offshore nurses keen for NZ - healthcare recruiter | RNZ

Recruitment company Tonix NZ scouts for health workers offshore. ... Recruitment for over 22 years now and I'm a nurse myself who worked abroad.


Few foreign nurses take up NZ visa scheme offer so far - RNZ

Just 24 overseas nurses have applied to work in Aotearoa under a new visa scheme that was supposed to make recruitment faster and easier.


Nurses plan to leave New Zealand over residency rules - NZ Herald

Frustrated New Zealand-trained migrant nurses are planning to leave the country because they cannot find an immediate path to residency, ...


Maori health

Auckland Uni pilots rongoā programme to help Māori recover faster from injury

A new programme designed to help Māori recover faster from injury is being piloted at the University of Auckland.


Professor Terryann Clark | Cure Kids Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, School of Nursing

Waatea News

Study finds rangatahi have shown little improvement in the health of young Māori. (Audio only)


Midwifery and maternity

More than 1300 midwives take Ministry of Health to court over work conditions

More than 1300 Kiwi midwives are filing a class action against the Ministry of Health today and the health minister says he's not surprised.


Rural health

New rural GP returns for second stint in NZ | Otago Daily Times Online News

The new South Westland Area Practice GP is now into his fourth week on the job after recently moving back to New Zealand.

Dr Davis and his partner, a nurse, were both working in New Zealand for about 18 months before the pandemic, and then returned to the US to help out.



The following documents are available on the New Zealand Parliament website:

 Published 24 Aug 2022, Updated 24 Aug 2022 - Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill


Articles of interest

Motivate Gen Z nursing students

Facilitate—don’t direct—education.   


Intrinsic motivators—learning facilitation, passionate presentation, content value revelation, concise information delivery, student and educator engagement, experiential learning, and meaningful feedback—improve Gen Z student learning retention.

Authentic relationships between educators and students promote positive learning environments and allow for meaningful feedback.


The article below is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access. 


Voluntary assisted dying in Australia and New Zealand: Exploring the potential for nurse practitioners to assess eligibility,

Jayne Hewitt, Laurie Grealish, Ann Bonner,

Collegian, 2022, ISSN 1322-7696,


Abstract: Background

The enactment of laws that permit voluntary assisted dying reflects community views about end-of-life choices for those who are suffering and dying and includes a commitment to equitable access. Australian and New Zealand voluntary assisted dying frameworks are embedded in healthcare and authorise medical practitioners to assess whether a person meets prescribed eligibility criteria for access to voluntary assisted dying.


In this article, we argue that including nurse practitioners as assessing practitioners in Australian and New Zealand voluntary assisted dying frameworks can promote equitable access.


The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as of 30 August

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