News bulletin 1 March 2017

on 1 March

 Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 337 1 March 2017


Low immunisation rates due to false information and complacency, says nursing expert
False information and a lack of recent flu epidemics have made pregnant women complacent about immunisation, says a nursing expert.
Massey University School of Nursing professor Dr Jenny Carryer said there had been persistent misinformation.
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Nurses attend research showcase
More than 40 senior nursing personnel from around Northland attended a research showcase organised by NorthTec's nursing department.
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UCOL nurses unveil new waiata
In a move unique at UCOL, the Palmerston North Nurse Education team have commissioned their own waiata that explains their values.
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Dr Paul Young: Improving Intensive Care
Wellington Hospital intensive care specialist Dr Paul Young is actively involved in clinical research designed to improve the outcomes of critically ill patients around the world.
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More than half NZers back legalising abortion - survey
More than 50 percent of people think an abortion should be legal if the woman does not want to be a mother or cannot afford another child, a new survey shows.
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Hospitals slap do-not-resuscitate orders on patients without consent
Life-ending orders continue to be slapped on unsuspecting hospital patients who doctors think should be left to die.
Patients are having do-not-resuscitate orders placed on them with their consent or that of their family.
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Police expecting to tackle even more calls on mental health crises, suicide attempts
The Police Commissioner expects his officers will be increasingly called upon to handle mental health crises and suicide attempts.
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Organ donation only discussed in 40 per cent of possible cases
New Zealand had a meagre 61 organ donors last year, and Craig Boyes' son, Michael was one of them.
The startlingly low donation rate came as 541 Kiwis were in the queue for organs.
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Free flu vaccine for people with respiratory conditions
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ strongly advises people with a respiratory illness to get their free influenza vaccination from March onwards. It is best to get vaccinated before the start of the winter season, before influenza enters the community.
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Parents of transgender children struggle to find help
The parents of young transgender children are struggling to find services that can help them.
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New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation
More drug and alcohol addicts could be forced into treatment programmes as the result of a recent law change, which has raised questions about whether rehabilitation centres will be able to cope.
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An 'eye-opening' experience: Canadian physician shadows nurse for a day
A pediatrician at Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, walked 12 hours in a nurse's shoes as part of a fundraiser and team-building experience and gained some perspective on what nurses do day in and day out.
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Nurses’ Implementation of ECG Monitoring Practice Standards Improve Quality of Care & Patient Outcomes
Electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring is one of the most common technologies used in acute care and nurses, in particular, bear significant responsibility for the care of patients receiving this monitoring. A new study suggests that quality of care and patient outcomes improve significantly when nurses are exposed to online ECG monitoring education.
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Mind the Gap: Preparing Gen Y to Take Over
In a previous blog post, we wrote about nurse managers being caught in the middle of a tug-of-war, trying to balance competing priorities: the need to improve care quality and patient satisfaction on one hand and reduce costs on the other. To further complicate the friction, there are other forces applying pressure to this already stressful situation.
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Strategies to heighten EBP engagement
Nursing practice isn't static. How many nurses can remember procedures learned in school that are obsolete today due to the generation of new knowledge? Many nurse leaders support the Institute of Medicine goal to have 90% of practice decisions based on evidence by 2020 to improve quality care.1-4 To achieve this goal, clinical nurses need to understand the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. Nurses must identify, access, and assess published research, practice improvement initiatives, and evidence-based reviews.
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Nursing Review February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)
Anxiety and depression are expected to be the leading causes of missed work days worldwide in the next five years. International research indicates that nurses already have higher levels of depression and anxiety than the general population. Nursing Review explores the issue.
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Faiva Ora 2016–2021 National Pasifika Disability Plan
Approximately 6 percent of people who were allocated Ministry-funded disability support and services in 2016 identified as Pacific peoples. Yet, overall, Pacific disabled people remain under-represented in disability support services. Factors that contribute to this under-representation include: a limited choice of culturally responsive disability services and negative traditional Pacific views of disability.

To address this under-representation, the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services have been working with Pacific disabled people, Pacific communities and disability support services to develop the Faiva Ora National Pasifika Disability Plan 2016–2021.
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New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017–2027: Summary of Submissions and Consultation
This document presents key themes and actions proposed in written submissions and consultation meetings on the development of the New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017–2027.
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Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017–2021
The Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan is part of an outcomes approach. It contributes to achieving the vision of the New Zealand Health Strategy. For mental health and addiction, this means enabling people to thrive and experience wellbeing wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.
Together with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcome Framework and the Commissioning Framework, it will help us reshape our system to centre on people and what matters to them.
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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 28 February 2017

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