News bulletin 30 November 2016

on 30 November

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 326 30 November 2016

National news

Wellington nursing graduates say there are not enough jobs in the industry
Hundreds of nursing graduates are failing to get job offers straight after graduating, according to their union.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says there could be a "talent pool" of about 400 people waiting for jobs, with about 40 per cent of graduates failing to get straight into the industry's main first-year recruitment programme.
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Nurses Memorial Chapel to be restored
Christchurch’s historic Nurses Memorial Chapel will be restored and strengthened, in time for its reopening as part of the country’s WWI centenary commemorations.
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'Guinea pig' class of 1986 nurses fond memories
The first class of nurses to graduate from the Otago Polytechnic School of Nursing reunited for the first time in 30 years at the weekend.
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How Wellington's duty nurses stepped up during the earthquake
It was two hours and 45 minutes after the quake when the baby arrived.
Kathy Knowles had just organised a plumber to tend to some flooding in radiology, when she checked in on maternity.
"The midwife said, Kathy, you need to stay, we're having a baby," Knowles, a duty nurse at Kenepuru Hospital, said
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Shiftworking postgraduate students falling asleep at the wheel and queries about breastfeeding on block courses. Dr MARK JONES* recently had his eyes opened to the constant and complex juggle that is postgraduate study when he temporarily filled the shoes of his nursing school's postgraduate programmes director.
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Ministry considers recommendations on maternity research
The Ministry of Health is currently considering expert advice on further research into outcomes for babies and mothers.
Following the publication of the Maternity Care Models and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes study (Wernham et al 2016) in September, the Ministry requested advice from the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) on appropriate next steps.
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Southland Hospital to open $2.5m training centre
Southland Hospital is opening a $2.5 million training and education centre for its staff and students, with a computer-controlled manikin set to be its No 1 patient.
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Cancer issues

Five regions to join national bowel cancer screening programme in first year
People in Otago, Southland and Counties Manukau have been ranked third in line to join the new bowel cancer screening programme.
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Casting a long shadow: Infection drives stomach cancer inequalities in Māori and Pacific peoples
In this Blog we discuss our recently published study that shows that infection from the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is the major driver of stomach cancer inequalities borne by Māori and Pacific peoples in NZ. We also discuss a possible next step which could be for one DHB to pilot a ‘test and treat’ screening programme that seems likely to help reduce such inequalities.
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Union estimates junior doctor strike cost more than $4 million
The junior doctor strike is estimated to have cost more than $4 m
illion across New Zealand.The doctors' union and district health boards were back at the bargaining table on Wednesday, after a second round of strikes planned for this week were cancelled because of the Kaikoura earthquake.
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Health Minister orders investigation after research finds six-hour target data manipulated
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has ordered an investigation into alleged "manipulation" of data at district health boards to comply with the six-hour emergency department target.
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Mental health

GPs see a surge in 2011 quake veterans retraumatised by 7.8 quake
Canterbury's primary health organisation is giving doctors extra funding and employing more staff to deal with retraumatised patients after the November 14 earthquake.
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Many parents say 'no' to referrals for their obese children
The Government's new plan to get help for obese kids is proving a turn-off to many parents.
First results were reported yesterday on the Raising Healthy Kids target, which aimed to ensure that by the end of next year, 95 per cent of obese preschoolers were referred for help.
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New Zealand dentist Rob Beaglehole convinces World Health Organisation to remove sugary drinks
An international health organisation has decided to follow in the footsteps of New Zealand hospitals and ban sugar-sweetened beverages from its sites.
When Nelson dentist Dr Rob Beaglehole​ told staff at the World Health Organisation in Geneva they should ban sugary drinks, they laughed at him, he said.
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Large children drinking up to 2 litres of sweet drinks a day - study
Overweight and obese children drink a median of one glass of fizzy or other sweetened drink per day, say researchers who are battling deeply-ingrained bad eating habits.
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Primary health care

Cost of doctor's visit varies widely depending on where you are
But how much of that the patient would pick up would depend on the level of state subsidy the doctor received.
When you enrol as a patient with a doctor who is part of one of the country's 32 primary health organisations (PHOs), the GP is able to access subsidies for your care. About 300 GP practices operate under the "very low cost access" scheme.
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Telehealth and e-health

Hospice Waikato turns to virtual care to reach remote communities
Hospice Waikato is turning to video conferencing to provide care to patients in remote areas.
The organisation has been trialling the technology in the Thames-Coromandel area, with a view of launching the new service early next year.
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Waikato DHB's new online healthcare service
Waikato DHB’s free online healthcare service has a new name and is now even easier to sign up to.SmartHealth is the new name for Waikato DHB’s online healthcare service, previously known as the Virtual DHB.
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Tobacco, drugs and alcohol

Alcohol: the obnoxious villain of our hospital emergency departments
More than one in 10 patients turning up at Wellington Hospital's emergency department shows signs of hazardous drinking, new research shows.
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International news

Nursing’s Failure to Thrive
We don’t fail nearly well enough or often enough in nursing.
I don’t mean here, the spectacularly dangerous and life-threatening failures of a Francis Report, or of connecting a man’s urinary catheter to his oxygen supply or bathing an elderly patient in bleach. I mean the kind of failures that result from trying something new, of thinking around corners, of entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial creativity
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National curriculum for nursing associates reveals new role parameters
Health Education England (HEE) has published the nursing associate (NA) curriculum framework, which shows a reversal of the proposal to allow NAs to administer controlled dru
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Mindful Listening
Find out how mindful listening can help you to absorb and fully understand what people are saying.
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How Good Are Your Listening Skills?
Test your listening skills, and use the results to find out how you can be a better listener.
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Why some people can ward off burnout and others can't
Stress and burnout are two distinct things, but often stress — and the physical and mental fatigue it creates — leads to burnout.
Those who successfully ward off burnout are able to tap into their emotional intelligence to increase resilience to stress, according to the Harvard Business Review.
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Hospital Impact: 6 tips for using digital media to reach and engage patients
In today’s always-on world, your organization is competing for mindshare with programming on TV and Netflix, Facebook posts from friends, images on Pinterest and Instagram, and the noise of everyday life. The problem facing hospitals is how to be heard over the noise and provide information that resonates with patients.
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Articles of interest

The mindful nurse leader: Key take-away: Go slow before you go fast
The first and second articles in this three-part series on mindfulness described the production of the video “In the Moment: Stories of Mindfulness in Nursing” as part of the authors' Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship program.1 In this final installment, we discuss our leadership approaches and lessons learned, both as a team and individuals.
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New publications

Each issue of The Lens focuses on a current public health topic. Our purpose is to inform members and the wider public health sector; to provide a resource for members and friends of the PHA to use in their work; and to influence the thinking of the general public.
Our latest issue focuses on Housing in New Zealand and our guest editor is Dr Julie Bennett. Dr Bennett is a Research Fellow for He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington.
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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 29 November  2016

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