Media Releases

Entries for 2009

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) refutes the accusation from the Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson that workers are “gaming” the system to benefit from working on public holidays. In fact employers are often seeking to avoid their legal obligations. “Radius Residential Care Ltd, one of Ne...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the concerns raised by the Auditor-General, in her report on Wednesday, could be partially addressed through requiring residential facilities to have minimum staffing levels. “Currently there is no requirement on providers to have a certain number...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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The New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) welcomes today’s decision of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (The Council) regarding Enrolled Nurses.  The announcement by The Council that the Enrolled Nurse title will be used for all second level nurses in NZ and that an expanded scope of practi...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is disappointed that the health select committee has not chosen to undertake an inquiry, as proposed by MP Winnie Laban, into the quality and standards of care provided in residential aged care. NZNO has made numerous requests of successive governments for...

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02
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased that the National Health Board (NHB), announced today, will have strong nursing representation. “The formation of the NHB is a positive step forward in building a nationally integrated health care service. The NHB has an extremely important role...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the latest Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) report into Serious and Sentinel events in New Zealand Hospitals . The continued focus on quality improvement and patient safety is critical to improving patient outcomes. The recommendations are pract...

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Posted in: Safe Staffing
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Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) and New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) joint media release   Care workers at Presbyterian Support Central likely to take industrial action The unions representing healthcare assistants, support staff and nurses, employed at 15 Presbyt...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased the government has announced it is now able to track the funding going into primary health organisations (PHOs) and is thereby able to demand and ensure accountability for public funds. NZNO calls on the government to put in place the same accou...

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Posted in: Aged Care
09
The Diabetes Nurses Specialty Section of the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation expresses great sadness on hearing of Professor Sir Don Bevan’s tragic death. Chair Mary Meendering paid tribute to him, saying “Professor Sir Don Bevan was a man who had a great passion for diabetes and worked tirelessly ...

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04
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) specialty nursing section representing 580 nurses in New Zealand working with children and young people is delighted that the government has backtracked on its initial decision to scrap the fruit in schools (FIS) programme as announced in February this year...

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Posted in: Public Health
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports announcements made today by the Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, which will see greater collaboration in health across New Zealand’s 21 District Health Boards (DHBs). “We are pleased that the Government and the Minister have taken heed of the s...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is welcoming yesterday’s announcement from the Minister of Health, that the governments newly formed Clinical Training Agency Board will have nurses represented on it. The new national board has been formed with the goal of unifying the health workforce pl...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is appalled by practices at one of the biggest residential aged-care providers in New Zealand, Oceania Care Co., and its attitude to residents and staff. Staff at Windermere, an Oceania site in Christchurch, raised concerns with NZNO that the facility was ...

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Posted in: Aged Care
08
While “horror stories” of inadequate care and neglect of elderly residents in rest-homes come under the media spotlight from time to time, the sad reality is that such cases are not rare, according to aged care industrial adviser with the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO), Rob Haultain. Two j...

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01
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes today’s announcement from the Minister of Health that the government will from today be introducing a trial of spot audits in residential aged care facilities. “Our members have long called for spot auditing and we are well aware of some shocking ...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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NZNO has welcomed comments from Business NZ that caregivers may have to be paid more to attract more people into caring for the country’s elderly. Business NZ’s employment relations policy manager Paul Mackay told a Carers NZ conference in Auckland this week that the elderly would soon outnumber pa...

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Posted in: Aged Care
25
Building a sustainable and properly paid Māori nursing and health workforce is essential to address inequities in Māori health, according to the new Kaiwhakahaere (leader) of Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO, Kerri Nuku. Of Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tai descent, Nuku was elected, at the runanga’s annual ge...

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Posted in: Pay Equity
18
A specialty clinical nurse at Nelson Hospital, Nano Tunnicliff, is NZNO’s new president. Tunnicliff’s election was announced at NZNO’s annual conference, held in Wellington this week. Tunnicliff is committed to working towards safe staffing and healthy workplaces for NZNO’s 43,000 members. “I am pa...

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Posted in: NZNO News
15
Nurses should wear their brains, not their hearts, on their sleeves, according to United States health care commentator and award-winning journalist Suzanne Gordon who will be presenting as the keynote speaker at NZNO’s centennial conference on September 16.  Gordon’s keynote address – Because...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is appalled by the government’s decision to ignore a unanimous recommendation by the Health Select Committee. In April Māori and iwi primary health employers and their NZNO member employees, made a unique joint submission to the Health Select Committee on ...

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Posted in: Health Policy
17
Commenting on the Report to the Minister of Health of the Ministerial Review Group, New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Chief Executive Geoff Annals called for careful consideration of the many (170) recommendations it makes before decisions are made. Annals said, “We agree with the Minister whe...

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03
The New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) is supportive of the current child protection legislation. Chief executive officer, Geoff Annals, is frustrated by the referendum question.  “There can be little doubt that a better worded question could have been asked. The issue is whether it shoul...

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Posted in: Public Health
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is proud to announce its current president, Marion Guy, has been elected onto the board of directors of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). The election took place during ICN’s 24th quadrennial congress held in Durban, South Africa, this month. “INC...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is delighted to be celebrating Enrolled Nurses’ Day on 30 June 2009. This is the 5th time this day has been celebrated in New Zealand. “As an EN with 17 years experience, I believe it is important we celebrate and mark our place within the New Zealand heal...

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Posted in: Enrolled Nurses
24
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is welcoming the announcement from the Safe Staffing Healthy Workplaces Unit of the confirmed district health board (DHB) demonstration sites. These sites will lead the way in achieving safe staffing and healthy workplaces.   Bay of Plenty, Counties ...

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Posted in: Safe Staffing
28
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates the Government for making the tough call to cancel tax cuts planned for next year and 2011. This will not be a popular decision but it is the right call. NZNO welcomes the protected increases in Health. Strong health services will come under ...

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Posted in: Health Funding
26
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) expects Thursday’s Budget will focus on strengthening the economy and hopes it does so through a focus on jobs; not only protecting and creating good jobs but enhancing the value, quality and rewards of working. “A healthy New Zealand needs people in good j...

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Posted in: Nursing Retention
20
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Health for funding to support new mothers and the acknowledgement of the need for funding in response to the increase in the NZ birth rate. “Current facilities and care models are geared toward shorter stays. Ca...

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Posted in: Health Funding
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is disappointed that the government has decided to disestablish the Pay and Employment Equity (PaEE) Unit. NZNO has worked closely with the unit to achieve fairness in the way that work is recognised and valued, especially the work performed by women. The ...

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Posted in: Pay Equity
11
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is proudly celebrating International Nurses’ Day on 12 May. In choosing the theme “Nurses leading care innovations” for International Nurses’ Day the International Council of Nurses (ICN) aims to raise awareness of the nursing contribution to health care i...

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11
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling on the government to rethink its decision to cut some key areas in health care from district health boards’ priorities. Mental health, obesity action and oral health – all areas where New Zealand is lagging well behind internationally - are no lo...

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Posted in: Health Policy
04
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) acknowledges and celebrates the midwives working in hospital and community settings around the New Zealand. This year’s International Midwives Day theme is based on Millennium Development Goal 5 – to improve maternal health. The theme set by the Internatio...

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Posted in: Midwifery
01
Listening to nurses is one of the keys to preventing tragedies like those that occurred at North Shore Hospital in 2007, according to the Health and Disability Commissioner’s report released today. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation wholeheartedly supports the Commissioner’s view. “Nurses are freq...

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Posted in: Patient Safety
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling on the government to address the serious inequity of public funding in primary health. Māori and Iwi providers of primary health care are funded at significantly lower rates than their mainstream counterparts. “The impact of this funding has rea...

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Posted in: Health Funding
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is delighted that the opportunity to train as an enrolled nurse (EN) is to be reinstated as announced by Minister of Health Tony Ryall today.  “ENs around the country will be heartened by the Minister’s announcement that their role can be strengthened...

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Posted in: Enrolled Nurses
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) applauds the announcement from the Minister of Health Tony Ryall that nurses will now be able to elect their peers on to the Nursing Council of New Zealand. “The Minister has made a timely and significant move for nursing. Nurses will now have a direct voi...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is supporting the findings of Wellington Coroner Garry Evans who has recommended an urgent review of the funding for rest homes and age-care hospitals. “The government’s response to the Coroner’s findings is extremely disappointing. This is not the fundin...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) section representing 580 nurses in New Zealand working with children and young people are deeply concerned about Education Minister Anne Tolley’s decision of 5 February 2009 to remove the clause in the National Administration Guideline (5) which states ‘whe...

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Posted in: Public Health
12
Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) working at Rosebank Home and Hospital in Ashburton will be striking for 24 hours from 6.45am on Friday 13th March. Members have been attempting to renegotiate their collective agreement since August 2008. The employer made an initial offer ...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is today releasing its findings from its first-ever members employment survey. The questionnaire, based on the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Nurse’s annual survey (which has been running for 21 years) covered core employment issues; employment agreemen...

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Posted in: Safe Staffing
05
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased that the government is going to get spot audits happening in residential aged care but has some serious concerns about the lack of commitment from the government towards ensuring safe staffing. There are a number of questions about how the spot ...

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02
Leading medical and nursing organisations are disappointed the Government has not moved to ban the display of tobacco products in shops. New Zealand Dental Association, executive director, Dr David Crum said “There is evidence that a display ban can reduce youth smoking uptake. Research shows that ...

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Posted in: Public Health
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the release of the independent report “Nursing Development in Primary Health Care”. The recommendations that new graduates and those moving into the primary health care sector complete at least a post graduate certificate in primary health care nu...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is delighted that the government has announced that it will fully fund Plunketline, a service provided as part of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. Plunketline will now be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to provide advice and information for pa...

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Posted in: Health Funding
23
The second national report on serious and sentinel events is very sobering reading for nurses just as it is for the public. “This report pulls together and makes very visible the many tragic events that have happened to people in the care of nurses, doctors and other health professionals last year....

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Posted in: Patient Safety
23
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is welcoming the Government’s announcement of a bonding scheme for some graduate nurses but is concerned the proposal is limited only to graduates working in theatre, intensive care and cardiothoracic nursing. NZNO president Marion Guy said, “While this is...

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Posted in: Nursing Retention
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New Zealand Nurse Organisation (NZNO) members at Rosebank residential aged care facility in Ashburton and supporters will be picketing the offices of the facility owner, Stuart Leck, on the Corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets outside the Forsyth Barr Building in Christchurch on Monday 23rd February...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
05
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is welcoming comments from Ministry of Health who have suggested Auckland City Hospital expand its adult health service by more than half over the next six years after long struggling with overcrowding. Chief Executive, Geoff Annals is “Pleased to hear tha...

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Posted in: Patient Safety
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is confident that the Ministerial Group, announced today to review expenditure in Vote Health, will find that those working in health deliver outstandingly high value care. “Those working in the frontline of our country’s health system provide excellent ca...

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Posted in: Health Funding
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is deeply disappointed the Ministry of Health has cancelled the Primary Focus 3 Conference, scheduled for less than 6 weeks time. “It is imperative that the National government encourage sharing of innovative primary health practice models and their outcomes so t...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling on the government to address the crisis in resthomes and other residential aged care facilities by putting regulations around minimum staffing levels and training requirements for those working in the sector. A television investigation provided t...

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Posted in: Aged Care
09
New Regulations Risk Increasing Nurse Shortages - released 5 January 2009, amended 9 January 2009 for clarification New regulations which extend the requirement for overseas trained nurses to sit language examinations for registration in New Zealand to include those from English speaking countries ...

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Posted in: Nursing Shortages

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