December /January 2016/7

The December/January combined issue offers a smorgasbord of articles to end the year.

There will be a focus on palliative care, with one article looking at the use of art therapy in this field. Two articles examine the roles of nurse practitioners, one in a private surgical hospital. There will be coverage of the 18th South Pacific Nurses Forum held in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, in early November; while two articles will describe the experiences of New Zealand nurses working overseas (one on a Mercy Ship in Madagascar, the other working as a midwife in Peshawar, Pakistan). This month’s professional development article will examine hepatitis, while another viewpoint piece will look at the positive and negative impacts of 12-hour shifts in the intensive care unit.