News bulletin 26 October

on 26 October

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 322 26 October 2016


National news

Nurse retires after 30-year career
A well-known Hokianga nurse has just retired after 30 years in nursing.
Venus Cherrington (nee Ambler) grew up in the Hokianga, and served that community well for 30 years, training as an enrolled nurse in 1967/68 and working at Kawakawa's Bay of Islands Hospital for six months after graduation.
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South Sudan challenged Wairarapa nurse
Wairarapa District Health Board Nurse Educator Jenny Percival realised just how resilient the human body is during her time with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in South Sudan.
Ms Percival has returned to the DHB after six months in the world’s newest country, where her main focus was treating weapon wounds – mainly from gunshots. She also worked with the people suffering common medical conditions; severe malnutrition, small children with pneumonia, gastro illness, and hepatitis.
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Nurse suspended after snooping through 64 patients records
A nurse who snooped through more than 1000 private health records has admitted her actions have eroded public trust in the health system.  
In a charge brought by the Nursing Council's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC), the nurse was alleged to have accessed health records "without justification or authorisation" when she worked at an unnamed district health board.
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Aged care

New Zealand's elderly population to triple
The New Zealand population is expected to get a whole lot older in the next few decades, according to the latest Statistics New Zealand report.
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Professor Ian Reid - The fracture tsunami
Auckland University's Professor Ian Reid was one of those behind ground-breaking studies that revealed vitamin supplements are largely ineffective when it comes to restoring bone density. Now he's warning of an upcoming "fracture tsunami" as New Zealand's population ages.
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Cancer issues

Connected across space and time: the role of online networks for head and neck cancer patientsBeing connected across space and time. That is what an online cancer community can offer head and neck cancer patients from all corners of New Zealand.
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CDHB contracts more $20m of surgeries out to private clinics
Five years after the Canterbury earthquakes damaged many of its operating theatres, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is funding more surgeries than ever, many at private facilities.
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Mental health

Suicide figures highest ever but may still not be close to 'real' number, say mental health advocates
New Zealand's suicide toll is the worst its been since records began but mental health advocates say the "real" figure could be far higher.
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More resources needed to curb high Māori suicide rates
The suicide rate among Māori is nearly twice that of any other ethnicity and a researcher says disconnection from culture is a factor.
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Calls for national inquiry into mental health 
It's been 20 years since the Mason Inquiry led to groundbreaking reforms in our mental health system.
Now the sector is back in the spotlight after a series of tragic incidents, and calls for an independent national inquiry.
Watch the video for the full report from The Nation.


Vaping electronic cigarettes could be the key to solving obesity crisis
The newest quick fix to staying slim could be vaping electronic cigarettes, according to New Zealand researchers.
Two Massey University professors were part of a team that has published a commentary titled Could vaping be a new weapon in the battle of the bulge?, which says vaping electronic cigarettes with flavoured liquids could help with keeping weight off.
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GPs can do more to help patient weight loss
Primary care approaches to obesity need a rethink with GPs providing more support for patient weight loss, according to two University of Auckland public health academics.
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Patient safety

The strike is over but the rosters for junior doctors are still unsafe
A week after a nationwide strike over unsafe work hours, district health boards and the junior doctors' union are back at the bargaining table.
More than 200 doctors are part of the union at Waikato DHB, with the two-day strike forcing surgeries to be cancelled and 600 appointments to be postponed.
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Tobacco, drugs and alcohol

Meth figures lay bare contamination scourge
Figures released by a major meth-testing company have laid bare the scourge of P contamination in New Zealand rental homes.
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International news

Episode 11 – How Much is a Nurse Worth?
Welcome to episode eleven of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: How Much is a Nurse Worth?
Welcome to episode eleven of the Ausmed Handover podcast. This episode is all about money. I’ll be calculating how much a nurse is worth at their most elemental level, how much a nurse actually costs to employ, how much a nurse can actually charge for their services, and, ultimately, what the cultural monetary value of a nurse actually is, which is the real question we should all be asking.
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Anti-vaxxer Aussie nurses may face prosecution
Nurses and midwives who chose to promote anti-vaccination on social media or in person could face prosecution, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has warned, urging members of the public to report those who spread “misleading and deceptive” materials.
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Implementing purposeful daily leadership rounding: A broader approach to measuring quality
October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10
Patient satisfaction has long been one way that hospitals measured quality, albeit indirectly. The surgical services division of Rush University Medical Center, an academic medical center in Chicago, IL, planned and implemented a broader approach to measuring quality based on purposeful daily leadership rounding (PDLR) specifically focused on clinical quality and safety outcomes. This article summarizes the process used and highlights key outcomes that were achieved.
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Improving nurses' ability to cope with workplace mistreatment crucial to retention, study says
Providing nursing staff with tools to handle workplace stress and mistreatment from colleagues is important in retaining staff and maintaining quality, a new study shows.
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Articles of interest

Type 1 diabetes & cardiovascular disease
Nurse Practitioner: 20 October 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 10 - p 18–25
Abstract: Individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) have a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), but some risk factors can be mediated by lifestyle modification and medication. NPs should understand evidence-based management approaches to counsel patients with T1DM on appropriate self-management interventions to reduce the likelihood of CVD.
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Retaining early career registered nurses: a case study
BMC NursingBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201615:57
A core objective of the Australian health system is to provide high quality, safe health care that meets the needs of all Australians. To achieve this, an adequate and effective workforce must support the delivery of care. With rapidly changing health care systems and consumer demographics, demand for care is increasing and retention of sufficient numbers of skilled staff is now a critical priority to meet current and future health care demands. Nurses are the largest cohort of professionals within the health workforce. Reducing the rates at which nurses leave the profession and supporting nurses to practice in their profession longer will have beneficial implications for the sustainability of a nursing workforce and, ultimately, to patient outcomes. The aim of the study was to describe and explain early career registered nurses’ (ECRNs) experiences and support requirements during the first five years of practice for the purposes of identifying strategies that would support greater retention of ECRNs.
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Resources online

The first issue of the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is now available full text
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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 25 October  2016

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