Putting poverty on the agenda on International Nurses' Day.NURSES HAVE tended to treat poverty as something that happened to individuals, rather than a social is sue that needed a collective response.
So said NZNO NZNO New Zealand Nurses Organisation policy analyst Eileen Brown, who organised an International Nurses' Day (IND) function in Wellington on May 12. This year's theme for the day was "Nurses Working with Communities Against Poverty."
Speakers at the function included Green MP Sue Bradford The New Zealand politician Sue Bradford (born 1952) serves as a list Member of Parliament representing the Green Party. Early life
Sue Bradford graduated from Auckland University in History and Political Studies, and later obtained a MA in Chinese. , who talked about her private members' Bill for the reinstatement of the universal child benefit, which was defeated at the first reading. She exhorted people to support the Bill, to reopen debate on the best way to reduce child poverty.
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Primary health care nurse and Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO member Maiteria Tuatahi spoke about her own experience living on a benefit and bringing up children, and her hopes and goals now that she was a nurse leader working with deprived communities. And Janine Vollebregt spoke about her work as a nurse with families in the Wairarapa.
Brown said about 40 nurses attended the function and gained a better understanding that poverty was a real experience for many people in this country, "especially as it is a subject we don't talk about freely". Even though poverty and ill health went hand-in-hand, nurses had tended to individualise v. t. 1. Same as individualize.
Verb 1. individualise - make or mark or treat as individual; "The sounds were individualized by sharpness and tone"
individualize poverty, rather than see it as an issue needing a collective response.
She said NZNO's board supported Bradford's Bill and that poverty was now on the agenda of unions. "Also, many of our members are on low incomes. There is such a thing as 'relative poverty', when there is no room for luxuries of any sort."
Looking after babies of mothers on methadone methadone (mĕth`ədōn', –dŏn'), synthetic narcotic similar in effect to morphine. Synthesized in Germany, it came into clinical use after World War II. It is sometimes used as an analgesic and to suppress the cough reflex. was just one of the nursing initiatives showcased in Christchurch on IND.
Jan Dobson and Georgina Ennor run the neonatal abstinence syndrome community programme from the neonatal outreach services at Christchurch Women's Hospital. Ennor said babies of mothers in the methadone programme were given morphine after they were born, to counteract the symptoms of the mother's methadone. "Once the babies are stabilised on morphine in the nursery, they go back into the community with the mother and then come into the clinic once a week as they are gradually weaned wean
tr.v. weaned, wean·ing, weans
1. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
2. off the morphine. We also visit them in their homes twice a week."
Other nursing initiatives featured in the Christchurch showcase included a co-operative scheme run by the Nurse Maude Association and Christchurch Hospital's infectious disease Infectious disease
A pathological condition spread among biological species. Infectious diseases, although varied in their effects, are always associated with viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, multicellular parasites and aberrant proteins known as prions. ward. It helps patients get back home and live normal lives by allowing them to self ad minister antibiotics at home through an intravenous line or have a district nurse visit and do it for them.
And Leonie Bell was presented with a trophy for nursing excellence (see picture above), after being nominated by the nursing team at her Christchurch Hospital general medicine ward for her "outstanding qualities and excellent patient care".
In Nelson, the School of Health and Social Sciences at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology A public NZ Tertiary Education Institution. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology main campuses are in Nelson and Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand.
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NMIT Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (Australia) ) held a series of flee public lectures, marking 30 years of nursing education at the institute, as well as IND.
NMIT tutor Sue O'Reilly spoke on what could be learned from the families of dementia sufferers, while tutor Jane Heather gave a lecture on working with families with a young member suffering mental illness. A panel comprising NMIT tutor Helen Childs, Nursing Council education adviser Angela Bradley, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology The Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is an institute of technology in Christchurch, New Zealand. It provides full- and part-time education leading to certificates, diplomas, applied bachelor's degrees and applied master's degrees in technologies and trades. nursing school head Cathy Andrew and Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. co-editor Teresa O'Connor discussed whether nursing should return to hospital based training.