Best practice guidelines

Lippincott Procedures and Nursing Reference Centre:

To improve nurses access to contemporary nursing procedures and evidence based information the Ministry of Health funded a Midland Region District Health Board project to provide free access to Lippincott Procedures and the Nursing Reference Centre databases for nurses working in our locality.

This link Access to Nursing Procedures opens the registration and login page for Ko Awatea LEARN.

If you are not already registered follow these steps:

  1. Go to Ko Awatea LEARN
  2. Click on “register”
  3. Click on “Create a New Account”
  4. Complete the form-provide your work email address if you have one. For “organization” choose Waikato District Health Board, provide your employee number or our Nursing Council registration number.
  5. Click on “Join Ko Awatea LEARN”
  6. If your email is not accepted or you need help, contact the Waikato DHB Library on 07 8398880 or email


Care guides for age-related residential care
from Waitemata DHB these care guides aimed at Registered Nurses are a quick reference to common conditions experienced by people living in residential care

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease the GOLD guidelines 2015 – an update on the evidence of best practice treatment of the disease

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Diabetes in age-related residential care
from Hawkes Day DHB this guideline supports gerontology nurses in their care for older adults with diabetes.  The content is endorsed by Waikato Diabetes Service

Diabetes New Zealand resource and website

Dementia design a New Zealand guideline supports people involved with the development or major reconfiguration of secure dementia care homes.  It provides in-depth information and research for aged care providers

Fit for frailty guideline from the British Geriatric Society guideline and campaign

Family violence ministry of justice campaign and resources page

Guidelines for verifying Death have been developed to support practitioners and to provide information to employers and organisations about the process for verifying death.  Verification of death is established through clinical assessment for the absence of signs of life.  Medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and intensive care paramedics are allowed by the Chief Coroner to verify death.

Heatwave planning in residential care
Australian resource that aims to support residential care in their planning for extreme heat events.

New Zealand Formulary
a free on-line guide to all medicines available in the New Zealand formulary – great resource also comes as an app.

Primary care guidelines
an A to Z list of guidelines from Waikato DHB, including (not limited to) antimicrobial handbook, cellulilits protocol, clexane administration guide, primary radiology service

Scabies; best practice management in residential aged care
This guideline developed by Julie Daltrey Clinical Nurse Specialist Gerontology and reviewed by Associate Professor Amanada Oakley described how to diagnosis, treat and prevent Scabies infestation in older adults in residential care