Journal of Professional Nursing

Special issue to celebrate 35 years of publication of Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand

First published in November 1985, Nursing Praxis in New Zealand was the first peer-reviewed nursing journal to be circulated in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2020 we were proud to celebrate 35 years of continuous publication and renamed the journal to identify it as being grounded in Aotearoa New Zealand - Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand. This milestone coincided with the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, but was soon overtaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the pandemic on health and wellbeing world-wide cannot yet be fully tallied, nor the lost lives of essential service workers (including nurses and midwives) along with those in the general population.

As we enter 2021, pandemic-related challenges for nursing and healthcare in Aotearoa and internationally persist. As a local response to the call from the International Year of Health and Care Workers 2021, this Special Issue honours the investment made to the scholarship of  nursing in Aotearoa  through this Journal, by its instigators, contributors, and Editorial Board members since its inception. 


This issue looks 'back to the future'. Following a review of the back issues, articles from three authors were selected to represent what we, the Editorial Board, believe signal matters central to nursing’s mahi (work) towards health and wellbeing, and health equity in Aotearoa. We asked a range of thought-leaders in nursing to reflect on the articles and consider the contribution they have made and if their continued relevance for contemporary nursing practice. Each thought leader was given a mandate for incisive and inspirational commentary, identifying practical and concrete steps that nursing and nurses could take across education, practice, employment, research, scholarship, policy, and service provision. Additionally, we provide a synopsis of each article together with the article's connection to the contemporary context.

This Special Issue opens with an editorial from Margareth Broodkorn, Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health (2019-2021), and Dr Martin Woods provides an introduction to the articles. The issue concludes with a commentary from Professor Jenny Carryer CNZM.

Reading the Special Issue

The work of the three authors is presented in sections. Each section includes a synopsis of the article and its contemporary context. Thought leaders provide commentaries in each of the sections. Links are provided to salient online reports and to Nursing Praxis articles, and a reference list is provided. We invite you to provide any comments, critiques, or reflection at the end of this page/issue.

Links (highlighted in red) allow you to move up and down the page; or to external websites, which open in a different tab.

Editorial and Introduction by Margareth Broodkorn and Martin Woods

Section 1: Jocelyn Keith's prescient question about the human right to health and healthcare

pdf Keith 1987 

With commentaries by Stephen Neville, Catherine Cook, and Marie-Lyne Bournival

Section 2: Dr Irihapeti Ramsden's powerful petition for cultural safety 

pdf Ramsden 1990a 

With commentaries by Denise Wilson, Hemaima Hughes, Jennifer Roberts, and Fran Richardson

Section 3: Dr Jill Wilkinson's discourse analysis of the sources of power and agency for nursing

pdf Wilkinson 2008a  pdf Wilkinson 2008b

With commentaries by Joy Ashley Bickley, Helen Rook, Rhonda McKelvie, and Sue Adams

A final critique by Jenny Carryer

Acknowledgements, references, and an opportunity to provide comments, are provided at the end of the page.


We hope you very much enjoy reading this issue.

Sue Adams PhD RN & Caz Hales PhD RN