News bulletin 24 August 2016

on 24 August


Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 314 24 August 2016


National news

Health and Disability report finds toddler given wrong vaccination
A nurse has been criticised after administering the wrong vaccination to a toddler in a report released today.
A woman took her 23-month-old son to a medical centre for a vaccination. She requested the Infanrix®-IPV vaccination instead of the Infanrix®-hexa vaccination listed on the New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule.
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Nurse looked at health records of friends and family
A nurse accessed patient records including those of her friends, family and colleagues, despite none being under her care, a tribunal has heard.
The woman, who has permanent name suppression, was a nurse in a North Island health service centre between November 2011 to May 2014 where she inappropriately accessed and viewed 64 patients on 114 occasions.
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Nurses support ‘Oranga Tamariki’
Responding to the announcement of the new name for the government agency the ‘Ministry for Vulnerable Children’, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Kaiwhakahaere says she will be choosing to use its Māori name, ‘Oranga Tamariki’.
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Hospital staff subjected to abuse, attacks, threats
Palmerston North Hospital staff were subjected to hundreds of unwanted sexual advances, abuse and assaults from those they were charged with helping.
These alarming incidents have prompted a medical union to declare enough is enough, especially as health workers make excuses for patients' misbehaviour.
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Cancer issues

Funding new cancer drugs extends Kiwis' lives, keep patients out of hospital
Providing new cancer medicines extends lives, keeps people out of hospital and saves taxpayers' money, a new study has found.
These findings are in line with what would be expected in the New Zealand health system, in which the Government's drug buyer Pharmac requires greater health benefits and/or cost-effectiveness of the medicines it approves.
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Latest quarterly national health targets results released
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health targets results show the gains made in the previous quarter have again been largely maintained.
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Double blow for ED adds to stress
The Dunedin Hospital emergency department has lost its clinical leader and had its training accreditation downgraded.
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Patients privacy breached at Bay hospitals
One person has been fired and another given a verbal warning after privacy breeches at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.
And new figures show the number of investigations into privacy breeches this year is already double that of the whole of last year.
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Mental health

Young Kiwis seek mental health help 560,000 times in a year
Kiwi kids and teens sought help from mental health services more than 560,000 times in the past year.
Figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act show Ministry of Health-supported mental health services had 562,554 contacts with Kiwis under 20 in the year to April. This included texts, phone calls and face-to-face appointments.
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Hopelessness blamed for Kaitaia suicides
A Far North community leader says a spate of at least five suspected suicides in Kaitaia reflects a pervasive feeling of hopelesssness in the town.
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Kaitaia youth struggle to get adult support
A Kaitaia schoolgirl who has organised three community meetings about a spate of suspected youth suicides in the town says she is frustrated that adult agencies have not been more supportive.
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West Coast rallies against spate of suicides
A group of West Coasters fed up with losing their loved ones to suicide have called for better mental health services in the regionAbout 60 people marched from Greymouth's Dixon Park on Saturday, including some who had lost loved ones to suicide recently. 
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Government’s child obesity plan flawed
The Government's Childhood Obesity Plan is based on outdated evidence, shows the Government values corporate profit over public good, and is unlikely to solve the New Zealand obesity crisis, according to a new critique.
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High opioid prescription numbers a prompt for investigation
The Health Quality & Safety Commission says figures showing a continuing increase in the prescription of powerful opioids are a prompt for hospitals and primary health care providers to take a close look at their prescribing.
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Public health

Government announces 'wide-reaching' inquiry into Havelock North water
The Government has announced a wide-reaching inquiry into how Havelock North's water supply became contaminated, how it was handled and the subsequent response.
Beyond that the inquiry will also include any lessons and improvements that can be made in the management of the water supply network in Havelock North and across New Zealand, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson said.
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Havelock North water crisis sparks call for all drinking supplies to be chlorinated
While his neighbours still suffer from the country's worst case of mass water contamination, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton says his city will fight to keep chlorine out of its town supply.
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is also rejecting calls for all town water supplies to be chlorinated in the wake of the Havelock North contamination crisis.
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Havelock North crisis: 'We don't have terrible water-borne diseases in NZ' - Jonathan Coleman, 2007
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman opposed strengthened drinking water standards when he was in opposition because "the reality is that we do not have these terrible water-borne epidemics in New Zealand".
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Social health

Cross-party inquiry into homelessness kicks off
A cross-party inquiry into homelessness kicks off on Monday, with the first hearing being held at Te Puea Marae.
After the Government blocked their attempt to open an official investigation, the Green party, Labour and the Maori Party decided to go it alone.
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Homeless die 20 years early - study
Homeless people admitted to South Auckland's Middlemore Hospital die on average 16 to 20 years earlier than other New Zealanders, a new study has found.
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Ministry takes further step towards electronic health records
The Ministry of Health is taking a further step towards using technology to reduce the number of times patients have to provide their health details to the many different health professionals providing their treatment.
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Tobacco, drugs and alcohol

Fetal alcohol harm bill up to $200m
Author of study assessing avoidable disorder's impact on GDP says new action plan may not go far enough
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International news

Junior Hong Kong nurses set for supervision in performing risky procedures in bid to reduce hospital blunders
Retired nurses to be rehired by Hospital Authority to oversee work of newly appointed staff
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Street team brings healthcare directly to homeless people in NYC
Because some homeless people are hesitant to seek out medical care in clinics or hospitals, one organization is meeting them where they are.
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Dying on the streets: UVic study examines palliative care for the homeless
'We were hearing all kinds of stories, and service providers themselves were feeling very distressed'
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Study shows eye-tracking technology improves nursing training
A new study by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing shows that using eye-tracking technology could improve nursing education by reducing the role of subjective assessments and by providing more consistent evaluations.
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Use this acronym to guide investigations into nurse bullying
Nurse bullying is an unfortunate reality in the healthcare industry — 48 percent of graduating nurses expect to experience bullying at some point in their careers, according to statistics from American Sentinel University — and it falls on nurse leaders to look into accusations of bullying.
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5 ways hospitals can help nurses prevent violence
Hospital violence is one of the healthcare industry’s most pressing problems, and nurses have long warned they need more support from hospital leaders to make progress in reducing it. At Massachusetts hospitals, nurses have developed violence-prevention protocols that could be a model at the national level, according to a blog post from Labor Notes.
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Mindful Listening
Developing Awareness to Listen Fully
How often have you had a conversation with someone, and thought you were paying attention to him or her, only to realize shortly afterwards that you can't remember what he said? Or, perhaps you got distracted while he was speaking and missed the message that he was trying to deliver.
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From the Ministry of Health

Evaluation of the Ministry of Health funded suicide prevention gatekeeper training programmes
The purpose of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016 is to reduce the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviour, harmful impacts associated with suicide and inequalities in the prevalence of suicide and suicidal behaviour.
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Standing Order Guidelines
The Standing Order Guidelines have been developed as a resource for health professionals working with standing orders.  
The Guidelines have been drafted to assist issuers to comply with regulatory requirements when developing and/or reviewing a standing order, and to assist people administering and/or supplying under standing orders.  
The Standing Order Guidelines have been updated to reflect the 2016 amendment to the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002. Nurse practitioners and optometrists are added as issuers of standing orders and the requirements which govern access to standing orders in regulation 8(a)(v) are streamlined.
The document outlines the roles and responsibilities of health professionals issuing standing orders and those working under standing orders. It also includes a Standing Order Template Guide.
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Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016–2019: An action plan
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.
In the broadest sense, this includes miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, physical abnormalities and an increased risk of negative health outcomes for the child and even his or her offspring. However, FASD more commonly refers to a constellation of physical and neurodevelopmental impairments experienced by people who were exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.
This action plan aims to create a more effective, equitable and collaborative approach to FASD. It is a cross-agency commitment designed to build on the work that is already under way by providing coordinated support to those on the frontline of this issue.
Rather than establishing FASD-specific services and systems, this action plan will support the current system to be much more responsive to the needs of individuals, families, whānau and communities.
This action plan sets out a high-level vision of what we want to achieve, and how we can achieve that vision at a practical level.
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The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at Tuesday 23 August  2016

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