Nursing

Nurses are very important in the care of unwell people, young and old. They support families and communities to stay well and live healthy lives. Nurses work in many different places such as schools, Marae, hospitals and often assist in surgery.

Once trained and experienced nursing provides many opportunities to work in different areas, including the community, mental health, surgical and medical, emergency, intensive care, paediatrics, and older people.

Nurses are the largest group of health workers and work at almost every community and health care centre in New Zealand. New Zealand trained nurses continue to be in demand and there are lots of nursing jobs available, both in New Zealand and overseas. Nurses can travel anywhere in the world with their nursing degree as the demand for health care professionals is endless.

Registered Nurse – Tapuhi Whai Rēhitatanga

Nurses are very important in the care of unwell people, young and old. They support families and communities to stay well and live healthy lives. Nurses work in many different places such as schools, Marae, hospitals and often assist in surgery.

Once trained and experienced nursing provides many opportunities to work in different areas, including the community, mental health, surgical and medical, emergency, intensive care, paediatrics, and older people.

Nurses are the largest group of health workers and work at almost every community and health care centre in New Zealand.

New Zealand trained nurses continue to be in demand and there are lots of nursing jobs available, both in New Zealand and overseas. Nurses can travel anywhere in the world with their nursing degree as the demand for health care professionals is endless.

Nurses who complete the 3-year nursing training at a tertiary education centre must obtain a “Practicing Certificate” through the Nursing Council which ensures nurses have up-to-date knowledge and practical experience to practice. Once qualified, nurses can branch into many areas, some of which include:

    • Tamariki Ora Nurses caring for children aged 0 to 5 years caring for children aged 0 to 5 years

 

    • Nurse Educators educating individuals, whanau/families and advise groups on how to prevent or control certain conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma. educating individuals, whanau/families and advise groups on how to prevent or control certain conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma.

 

    • Disease State Management Nurses are specially trained to work with people to manage chronic (on-going) diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma.

 

    • Hospital nurses work in emergency departments, operating theatres, intensive care units and hospital wards, providing complex care for a huge range of medical conditions for people of all ages.

 

    • District nurses (also known as Community Nurse) provide nursing care and treatment to patients in their homes. They assess the needs of the patient and liaise with hospital doctors, general practitioners (GP’s) and community groups who provide patient support.

 

    • Public Health nurse use their nursing expertise alongside their wider knowledge of communities to promote health and wellbeing. Health assessments and disease prevention activities are also part of the public health nurse role.

 

    • Primary Health Care nurses work in areas like child health (eg. Plunket nurse), youth health (eg. school nurse), Maori health, Pacific health, mental health and general health (e.g. a practice nurse based in a general practice).

 

    • Nurse Practitioner / Nurse Specialists have considerable experience combined with additional tertiary qualifications. These nurses have developed an expert practice in a particular field and can run their own nurse-led clinics and have limited rights to prescribe medications.

 

    • Elderly Care Nurse Nurses that work in the comminity with the elderly. Can be based in many settings such as rest homes and in home support.

 

    • Palliative Care Nurse Nurses that care for those individuals who are dying. These nurses try to make the last days/weeks/months of somebodies life as comfortable as possible. Once again can be based at Hospice or in a home setting.

 

    • Mental Health Nurse Mental health nurses provide treatment, care and support for clients with moderate to severe emotional, and psychological problems.Mental health nurses provide treatment, care and support for clients with moderate to severe emotional, and psychological problems.

 

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Nursing Support and Care Worker – Kaiāwhina Tapuhi/Kaimahi

Nursing support and care workers provide assistance, support and care to people in a variety of health, welfare and community settings, and in their homes.

Nursing support and care workers may do some or all of the following, depending on where they work:

  • help clients at home with tasks such as showering and dressing
  • do housework such as cleaning and ironing
  • prepare and serve meals
  • clean and prepare medical equipment and instruments
  • take patients’ electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, samples and fluid balances
  • help patients with rehabilitation in areas such as social skills and walking
  • transfer patients between wards and departments using wheelchairs, stretchers or moveable beds
  • deliver and collect patient files and x-rays, and linen, rubbish, infectious waste, specimens and equipment
  • assist with patient discharges.

 

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