Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Nurses the backbone of the health workforce

Annette KING

Health Spokesperson

11 May 2014
MEDIA STATEMENT

Nurses the backbone of the health workforce


While Kiwi mums might be getting the kudos today, tomorrow is all about recognising the essential work our nurses do in a profession that has had a major hand in shaping the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

“May 12 is International Nurses Day, a day which not only celebrates the anniversary of the birth of modern nursing founder, Florence Nightingale, but also acknowledges the largest health care profession in the world.

“Our nurses’ commitment to their work, often in the face of budget cuts and significant workplace restructuring, is unstinting. They are, to use a medical analogy, the backbone of the health workforce.

“We can’t be complacent, however. Over the last few years increasing numbers of graduate nurses have been forced to take other work because they are unable to find nursing positions.

“In one case a young nurse with an A grade average and a Clinical Practice Award took a job as a lifeguard after unsuccessfully applying for dozens of jobs more suited to her qualifications.

“This is at the same time DHBs around the country are experiencing staff shortages and lengthy fill times for nursing and other medical vacancies.

“The Government is paying hospitals to take on new graduate doctors. It should be looking to do the same for our nurses.

“Planning for a sustainable workforce should be a priority. It is a terrible waste of talent to be training people only to have nothing for them at the other end.

“We also have a great opportunity to enhance our nursing workforce with the use of nurse practitioners, of which there are now 140.

“DHBS should step up and make use of this valuable resource,” Annette King said

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news