News bulletin 12 April 2017

on 12 April

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No. 343 12 April 2017


More mental health & addiction nurses
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of registered nurses working in mental health and addictions services has increased at a higher rate for then other areas of nursing.
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Career dedicated to helping those with diabetes earns honorary award
A retired Waikato nurse has received an honorary award marking her career-long work on research and initiatives around diabetes.
Cambridge's Susie Ryan was presented with Masters in Nursing by Wintec in March.
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A reluctant retirement, nurse says goodbye after 47 years
For a woman who counts time management as a strength, Jeanette Pattenden​ has no idea where the past decade went.
On Thursday, the 78-year-old was farewelled by colleagues at Waikato Hospital after calling time on a nursing career spanning 47 years working mostly afternoon and night shifts.
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Nurses find support
Dunedin Hospital clinical leader Dr John Chambers has spoken out in support of nurses’ concerns about workload pressures.
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Unhappy nurses to meet managers
Nurses at Dunedin Hospital are unhappy with staffing numbers and will raise the problem with management.
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Dementia cases to surge to 170,000: new report
The number of New Zealanders living with dementia will increase by close to 300 per cent to 170,000 by 2050, a new report estimates.
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Whānau say their cultural needs are not met when Māori die
Some whānau say that police and health professionals are still failing to cater for tikanga Māori when a loved one dies.
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Waikato councils back medical school proposal
The joint proposal from the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board to establish a medical school in the region, was discussed at a meeting of the Mayoral Forum in Hamilton yesterday (Monday 10 April).
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Waikato med school proposal: pros and cons
Arguments for and against a proposed Waikato medical school have been laid out in the latest New Zealand Medical Journal.
In October, Waikato University and the Waikato District Health Board announced a bid to establish the country's third medical school.
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'Never too soon to do it': Planning for end-of-life care is vital, say doctors
Health professionals are encouraging people to consider the care they would like to receive if an unexpected medical event or illness was to change their quality of life.
Nelson Marlborough Health cardiologist Tammy Pegg said advance care planning wasn't just about whether someone wanted to be resuscitated or not and the answers were different for everyone.
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New diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders proposed
University of Otago researcher Associate Professor Martin Sellbom is part of a group of 50 leading international psychologists and psychiatrists who have put forward a new, evidence-based, system for classifying mental health disorders.
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Hopes high for more than 1.25m people to get flu shot
Twenty-eight per cent of New Zealanders were immunised against the flu last year and, with winter just around the corner, health professionals hope even more will opt for the injection this year.
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Patient screening by phone among raft of changes for GPs
Emails and phone calls to patients are among a raft of changes to the way some GP practices treat patients, as doctor become increasingly stretched and look for new ways to cope with more demand....they're changes the Medical Association says are vital.
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Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants & nurses for physicians older care
Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses for physicians in healthcare for the aging population may achieve healthcare quality at least as good as care provided by physicians, according to a review of published studies.
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Nursing degree recruitment scheme to tackle staff shortages
NHS England has today launched a recruitment drive in a bid to attract more high quality graduates to the profession.
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Nurse fellowship immerses Ph.D. students in nursing care while enhancing scientific inquiry
Nurses with research doctorates have led important work that has proven vital in improving patient outcomes and enhancing quality of care. Yet today, fewer than five percent of nurses have PhDs, the education level typically needed to perform independent research, according to data from the National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. Coupled with the aging and retirement of the current cadre of nurse researchers, these indicators point to a coming shortage of nurse scientists that could impact current and future contributions to science.
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Woman becomes first frontline nurse in a wheelchair
A nurse has become the first in a wheelchair to work on the frontline of the NHS.
Michelle Quested, 33, lost the use of her legs in a car accident seven years ago.
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6 Things Every Mentor Should Do
As academic physicians, we do a lot of mentoring. Over the course of our careers, and through our formal research on mentoring within and outside of academia, we’ve found that good mentoring is discipline-agnostic. Whether you’re a mentor to a medical resident or marketing manager, the same principles apply. The best mentorships are more like the relationship between a parent and adult child than between a boss and employee. They’re characterized by mutual respect, trust, shared values, and good communication, and they find their apotheosis in the mentee’s transition to mentor. We’ve also seen that dysfunctional mentorships share common characteristics across disciplines — the dark side of mentoring, which we’ll get into later.
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Maximizing Team Performance: The Critical Role of the Nurse Leader
Facilitating team development is challenging, yet critical for ongoing improvement across healthcare settings. The purpose of this exemplary case study is to examine the role of nurse leaders in facilitating the development of a high-performing Change Team in implementing a patient safety initiative (TeamSTEPPs) using the Tuckman Model of Group Development as a guiding framework. The case study is the synthesis of 2.5 years of critical access hospital key informant interviews (n = 50). Critical juncture points related to team development and key nurse leader actions are analyzed, suggesting that nurse leaders are essential to maximize clinical teams' performance.
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Investment in nursing and high-quality patient care – two sides of the same coin
Research into the relationship between the healthcare workforce and patient outcomes shows that a satisfied staff leads to satisfied patients. Whilst it may sound trite, the evidence base demonstrates that when nurses feel valued and respected, have a voice in organizational decision-making and career development opportunities, the result for patients is an improvement in both outcomes and their experience of care.
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Creating academic structures to promote nursing's role in global health policy
Engaging nursing in global health policy development is vital to ensure the scale-up of effective health programmes. Globally, nurses promote development of interprofessional healthcare teams who are responsible for translating sound global health policy and evidence-based programming into practice. However, the role of nurses within policy forums and on influential decision-making bodies within the global health space remains limited, which reinforces suboptimal global health policy implementation.
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Increasing Rates of Deceased Organ Donation: Summary of submissions
There were 100 submissions received on the Increasing Rates of Deceased Organ Donation: Consultation document.
Submissions were largely in favour of a comprehensive strategy to increase deceased organ donation. Several respondents reinforced the importance of a whole package, rather than picking and choosing elements. Many respondents also emphasised support for ensuring that any strategy was evidence-based and ethically sound.
Respondents generally agreed that the high-level elements of the strategy were about right. However, some submitters did not support a numerical target or goal.
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Consultation on Electronic Cigarettes: Analysis of submissions
The consultation document Policy Options for the Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes was released for public consultation between August and September 2016. A total of 250 submissions were received from a variety of groups.
This Analysis of Submissions describes the key themes which emerged during the consultation process. These submissions were used to inform policy decisions.
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Safe Surgery NZ: Auditor training resources and evaluation interim report online
Safe Surgery NZ auditor training resources are now available online to support the auditor training within hospitals. A link has been sent to the Safe Surgery NZ project lead and auditing lead in each district health board (DHB) and private surgical hospital.
The Safe Surgery NZ programme evaluation interim report is also available online, with the final report due in June.
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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 April 2017

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