News bulletin 12 October 2016

on 12 October

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 320 12 October 2016


National news

A national online survey into nurse fatigue is launching this week and shift working nurses are being urged to share their work and sleep patterns.
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A pilot to boost Māori nurse numbers in primary health care is underway in South Auckland with four graduates employed and a New Year intake to follow.
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NZRDA members to provide cover for patient safety
NZRDA members to provide cover during the strike Under the Code of Good Faith for the Public Health Sector, District Health Boards (DHBs) may make a request of a union for the services of striking workers should they need to ensure patient safety. This process, entitled "life and limb preserving services", has now been completed between the DHBs and New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) in respect of the upcoming strike of Resident Doctors scheduled for October 18 and 19.
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Cancer issues

World-first online breast cancer community developed to launch
The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation will tomorrow launch mybc, a mobile app and website believed to be the first of its kind in the world, for New Zealanders affected by breast cancer. It’s an online community that also provides access to specialist nurses and private portals for members to track their own breast cancer experience.
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Many bowel cancer cases will go unnoticed as Health Ministry lifts test threshold, expert says
The long-promised national bowel screening programme will fail to detect many cases of cancer because the threshold of the test will be set higher than in the pilot scheme, a screening expert says.
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Better support for the diabetes journey
A more collaborative approach to diabetes management by Capital & Coast DHB and General Practice (GP) teams over recent years – the Diabetes Care Improvement Package (DCIP) – is enabling GPs to help patients better manage their diabetes and lower the risk of related problems later in life.
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Health funding and research

New guidelines provide a framework for biomedical research with Māori
As biomedical research practices become more sophisticated, protecting the cultural and ethical interests of those who donate tissue or take part in genomic research has become more important than ever before.
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Housing and homelessness

Homelessness inquiry recommends national strategy
A political cross-party inquiry on homelessness has made 20 recommendations in its just-released final report.
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Better approach to NZ's homeless Pasifika needed
A New Zealand researcher says the government needs to take into account Pasifika approaches to living when addressing housing deprivation or homelessness.
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Mental health

Details of Pasifika workforce highlighted in new report
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and Le Va have published a new report that shares information on aspects of New Zealand’s adult mental health and addiction workforce relevant to workforce development strategies aimed at increasing cultural responsiveness to Pasifika peoples.
The report is part of the 2014 More than numbers project, which has gathered and shared data on the sector’s workforce to help inform workforce planning. 
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Major new investment in mental health and addiction care in Waitemata
A fresh approach to improve mental health and addiction care will be launched by Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) on Monday at a special event hosted by Auckland University of Technology to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day.
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Three hundred accounts of mental health failings
The release of the personal stories of 300 mental health patients, their families and workers show New Zealand's mental health system is in crisis, a mental health activist says.
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Mental healthcare now creaking 20 years on
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says that 20 years on from the Mason Report, it is time for a review of the current mental healthcare model as there are stresses and strains in many areas and a lack of leadership and cohesion.
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'Let’s get talking' to reduce the cost of mental health care
In New Zealand approximately 10 per cent of the $14.6 billion health budget is spent on mental health, with inpatient facilities costing around $16,000 per person for an average acute stay. Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou), has launched Let’s get talking, a tool kit that supports the delivery of talking therapies - a low-cost, effective way to improve a person’s health and wellbeing.
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NZ leads region for mental health efforts - report
In the first ever Mental Health and Integration Report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), New Zealand (NZ) claims top spot in the region, just ahead of Australia, for assisting people living with mental illness integrate successfully into communities. However, mental health experts are warning against any degree of complacency when life expectancy for those living with serious mental illness is up to 25 years less than the general population.
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High profile deaths prompt new mental health plan for performers
A world first initiative aimed at performers with mental health issues launches in Auckland this week.
Whariki Hauora (weaving the mat of well-being) is thought to be the world's first specialised mental health support service for performers and the first to involve professional organisations and artists themselves deciding on programmes and support strategies.
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Tackling childhood obesity on land and in water
Researchers from Massey University’s College of Health are launching two studies, focusing on understanding how an overweight child moves differently from a child of normal weight. And they’re keen for Kiwi children to help.
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New figures indicate 262,248 school-aged children in New Zealand will be overweight by 2025
• If current trends continue 262,248 school-aged children in New Zealand will be overweight or obese by 2025.
• Tuesday 11 October is World Obesity Day and this year’s focus is on childhood obesity.
• 11 October also marks the first day of the South Island’s Triple P Health Lifestyle Group training, a Positive Parenting Programme used worldwide.
• Since the launch of a regional eGrowth Chart in June, key body measurements of over 6000 children have been entered and can now be tracked and plotted against international standards.
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Telehealth and e-health

Multi-million dollar health partnership launches today
Technologies to deliver better health care for New Zealanders is the focus of a new multi-million dollar research partnership to be launched at the University of Auckland today.
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Preparing healthcare workers for a tsunami of information
Orion Health releases report: Introduction to Machine Learning in Healthcare
Precision Driven Health initiative launched at University of Auckland
Whether they practice medicine in a hospital or a community clinic, healthcare workers are facing an exponential increase in the amount of patient information needed to effectively treat their patients. This will require the application of sophisticated ‘big data’ techniques such as machine learning to process, analyse and surface information that will assist in creating more personalised healthcare plans.
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International news

Study shows health improving globally, but progress is patchy
Globally, people's health is improving and life expectancy is rising, but progress is far from universal with chronic diseases bringing long-term illness and causing seven out of 10 deaths, according to research published on Thursday.
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RCN launches safety guidance for nurses working alone
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced new safety guidance for “lone workers”.
To coincide with National Personal Safety Day, the RCN has published a new guide to support nursing staff who work alone.
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Hospitals counter ER crowding with 'bed czars' and 'zoomer nurses'
Emergency rooms across San Diego County treated a total of more than 1 million patients in 2015 — a record high — and experts say the demand so far this year has not let-up.
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A call to acknowledge the harmful history of nursing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
The history of the health professions in harmful colonising practices has been put under the spotlight by a series of recent events, including an Australian Psychological Society apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Being a Good Boss in Dark Times
Senseless acts of violence affect all of us. Mass shootings, suicide bombers, assassinations — the emotions such events bring up are strong, even if our personal connection to the events is not. Feelings of sadness, pain, confusion, and anger don’t get checked at the office door. If you’re leading a team or an organization, how can you help manage the emotional culture of the people you’re responsible for?
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The mindful nurse leader: Improving processes and outcomes; restoring joy to nursing
In this first installment of a three-part series on mindfulness, we describe a dynamic project aimed at elevating the importance of mindfulness, compassion, and presence as key competencies for professional nurses across the career span in all healthcare settings.
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Articles of interest

Improving pain documentation with peer chart review
ADEQUATELY ADDRESSING a patient's pain during hospitalization is a complex process of assessment, reassessment, and documentation. One community hospital employed methods such as peer chart review and audit and feedback at the system and unit levels to increase nursing pain documentation from 27% to 72% over a 9-month period.
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Leading and advocating for global health competencies: a nursing challenge
Health challenges vary and are related to different socioeconomic and geographic conditions. Furthermore, there are common health challenges shared by people around the world. As globalization advances, the awareness of the importance of global health and global nursing also increases among policy makers and health professionals (Wilson et al2016). As a human caring science and profession, nursing must have the expertise and capacity to lead and advocate for social changes (Tyer-Viola et al2009), working with the communities and collaborating innovatively with different members of the health team.
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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 11 October  2016

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