News bulletin 8 February 2017

on 8 February

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 334 8 February 2017


Meet Whanganui's only nurse practitioner
Nurse practitioner (NP) - a role introduced to New Zealand in 2001 yet there is only one in the Whanganui region.
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Nearly 60,000 turned away from surgery, Government figures show
The first full picture has emerged of the scale of people missing out on surgeries, with nearly 60,000 turned away from the operating table in the last financial year.
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NZ's baby wards regularly at capacity
Older mothers, more high risk pregnancies and better baby survival rates are pushing hospitals' newborn intensive care units past their limits.
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Govt to change policy on medicinal cannabis
The Government will announce tomorrow that it is removing a significant hurdle to getting access to medicinal cannabis in New Zealand.
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Does NZ need a Maori cancer control strategy?
Ahead of World Cancer Day this Saturday, a Massey University public health researcher is calling for government policy focus and action to address the expanding cancer crisis among Māori.
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Abortion supervisory committee calls for law reform
Abortion rates in New Zealand are continuing to trend downwards, but law reform is still urgently needed, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) says.
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Reduce medicine costs with the prescription subsidy
1 February marks the start of the new eligibility period for the prescription subsidy which aims to reduce medicine costs for high-users and families.
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Potential drug price hike could be a hard pill to swallow
New Zealand may have to swallow higher drug prices if it wants a trade deal with the United States.
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Integrated Healthcare Framework - pharmacists and doctors working together
Pharmacists and doctors are putting in place a Framework for the way in which they will work together to achieve better patient-centered care, through an integrated collaborative healthcare approach.
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Ending HIV - NZAF launches new campaign
The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) has set an ambitious, but achievable goal to end all new HIV transmissions by 2025 and it is calling on Kiwis to get on board and support its efforts through the new campaign - Ending HIV.
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Improving New Zealand’s preparations for the next pandemic
In a globalised world an infectious disease outbreak anywhere is a potential threat to New Zealand (NZ). Recent such threats have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pandemic influenza (2009), Ebola and Zika. In the context of an upcoming University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School symposium on the topic of emerging infectious diseases, this blog discusses how NZ could ensure it is better prepared in this public health domain.
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Far North, Rotorua, Gisborne bid to take over Government agencies
Mayors in three of New Zealand's poorest districts - the Far North, Rotorua and Gisborne - want to take over central Government agencies in their areas to eradicate "entrenched poverty".
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Students turn backs on nursing degrees in wake of Government decision to axe NHS bursaries, official figures suggest
Students are turning their backs on nursing degrees in the wake of a Government decision to axe NHS bursaries, official figures suggest.
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Auxiliary nurses trained up for Midland hospitals under new project
More than 100 old-style auxiliary nurses will be trained up to work across the Black Country and Staffordshire when a new course is launched later this month.
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Nurses to perform some SA colonoscopies
Some South Australian nurses will be trained to provide colonoscopies to people at a low risk of bowel cancer so the disease can be caught early more often.
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Study: Continuity in primary care reduces admissions
Greater continuity in primary care could reduce hospital admissions and lower costs, according to a new British study.
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A nurse-driven community education program for older adults
January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1
Self-care management education in the community setting is an evidence-based approach for addressing key healthcare reform objectives, including better health, better health care, and value. Self-care education workshops can improve key aspects of chronic disease management, like medication compliance and patientprovider communication.
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Suzanne Gordon on soliciting input not just listening
Want to be a better physician or nurse leader? Enhance patient safety? Effectively lead teams? One of the current consultant prescriptions is the recommendation that leaders spend more time listening than talking. Whether in the larger management literature or in the articles and books that specifically target healthcare, listening is portrayed as a key to leadership.
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Predictors of burnout, work engagement and nurse reported job outcomes and quality of care: a mixed method study
High levels of work-related stress, burnout, job dissatisfaction, and poor health are common within the nursing profession. A comprehensive understanding of nurses’ psychosocial work environment is necessary to respond to complex patients’ needs. The aims of this study were threefold: (1) To retest and confirm two structural equation models exploring associations between practice environment and work characteristics as predictors of burnout (model 1) and engagement (model 2) as well as nurse-reported job outcome and quality of care; (2) To study staff nurses’ and nurse managers’ perceptions and experiences of staff nurses’ workload; (3) To explain and interpret the two models by using the qualitative study findings.
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What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
But does it work? And how does it fit in with wider health and care policy?
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Health practitioner nominations sought - Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has recently published advertisements seeking nominations to a number of ethics committees and medical councils, including:
Nursing Council
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Final Evaluation Report of the Bowel Screening Pilot: Screening Rounds One and Two
The Ministry of Health funded Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) to run a Bowel Screening Pilot (BSP) from 2012 to 2015, to inform whether a national bowel screening programme should be introduced.
This report is the final evaluation report of the BSP, undertaken by Litmus, the Centre for Public Health Research Massey University, and Sapere Research Group. 
The goal of the evaluation was to determine whether organised bowel screening could be introduced in New Zealand in a way that is effective, safe and acceptable for participants, equitable and economically efficient. 
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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 7 February 2017

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