News bulletin 26 April 2017

on 26 April

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No. 345 26 April 2017


Registered nurse prescribing in community health
A new level of prescribing for registered nurses working in community health is being cautiously introduced in a trial with Counties Manukau Health and Family Planning starting in July.
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Red Cross nurse in the line of fire
Gail Corbet digs a woman from the rubble of a bomb-blasted building in Gaza. Another Palestinian victim of the 50-day war in 2014. 
There's an image of Corbett, a Red Cross nurse and health delegate, with Palestinian ambulance crew stretchering the woman off against the backdrop of devastation, IV bag in hand, a sense of urgency in her stride.
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Watch: 'Very frightening' – former nurse shocked at staff conditions at Dunedin Hospital
A short stay in Dunedin Hospital has shocked a former nurse, who says staff were stretched and left without the equipment they needed.
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Auckland and Otago medical schools undermine Waikato bid
​Auckland and Otago medical school heads began a covert campaign against a proposed Waikato med school three months before it was revealed to the public.
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Aged care investigation reveals concerns over waiting lists, GP fees and aged-care facilities
Elderly Cantabrians face long waiting lists for treatment, struggle to pay for increasing GP fees and are "appalled" about the conditions in aged-care facilities.
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New outpatient facility and innovation hub at North Shore Hospital
A building once used for nursing accommodation at North Shore Hospital has been transformed into a modern new $9.9 million outpatient’s facility, teaching space and innovation hub.
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Beds on hold at Christchurch's new acute services building
More than 15 per cent of beds in Canterbury's new multi-million dollar acute services hospital building are "on hold" pending additional funding.
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Manawatu and Whanganui work together for combined urology treatment
Palmerston North Hospital will work with one of its neighbours so urology patients are no longer subjected to "sub-optimal" care.
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Christchurch Hospital's emergency department braces for winter overload
Surgeons will be operating into the night and on weekends to meet an expected surge in patient numbers at Christchurch Hospital this winter.
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Watchdog eyes mental health inquiry
The Ombudsman is considering launching an investigation into the state of mental health in prisons, saying the care of mentally ill prisoners is "not good enough".
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Damning report joins calls for inquiry into country's stretched mental health services
Pressure is building for the Government to launch an independent inquiry into the mental health sector in the wake of a damning new report.
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Mental health 'grey zone' stopping people in need
People with mental health problems are unable to get the help they need unless their health deteriorates to crisis point, a report has found.
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Cracks in NZ mental health system revealed in review
Police are responding to 90 mental health related calls every 24 hours, a new report has found. 
The People's Mental Health Review was carried out in response to a 2016 announcement funding was being cut from mental health services across the country
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Stress overtakes drugs and alcohol as biggest challenge for youths: Youthline study
Completing assignments, passing exams and working out how to survive on $160 a week in Auckland are the key drivers of stress for first year social work student Ebony Fleming.
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$2m for Māori and Pacific youth mental health research as NZ joins global alliance
New Zealand has joined an alliance of the world’s biggest public research funding agencies to provide new research opportunities that target chronic diseases, starting with mental health.
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NZ Drug Foundation wants more focus on health sector to combat synthetic drug abuse
The Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation believes the Government needs to ‘step-up’ and adjust its focus on funding and resources aimed at combating the abuse of synthetic drugs.
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Call for "vaping" to be age restricted to over 21's
Tighter controls on electronic cigarettes - including a minimum purchasing age of 21 and fears "vaping" could encourage people to start smoking - are among submissions to Parliament's health select committee.
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Hospital Impact: Nurse leadership's role in reducing burnout
The problem of nursing burnout has been in a state of evolution for years. For many of these years, the 12-hour shift was the primary focus. However, 12-hour shifts provide nurses time away from the bedside necessary for rest, family time and self-care, allowing for a rested and refreshed start to new shifts.
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8 things to know about nurse bullying
The nursing profession has consistently ranked No. 1 in Gallup's annual poll of Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions for the past 15 years — which makes the rampant bullying and hazing that persists among nurses that much more surprising.
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Spotting impairment in the healthcare workplace
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
May/June 2017, Volume 15 Number 3 , p 38 - 44
One in every 10 of your nursing peers is impacted by addiction. Do you know what to do?
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Global Nursing—a literature review in the field of education and practice
To describe key findings of Global Nursing in empirical nursing studies.
A literature review using descriptive data synthesis of peer-reviewed articles in the field of nursing education and practice.
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Supporting transvisibility and gender diversity in nursing practice and education: embracing cultural safety
Many nursing education programs deserve a failing grade with respect to supporting gender diversity in their interactions with their students and in terms of the curricular content directed toward engaging in the safe and supportive nursing care of transgender clients. This situation contributes to transinvisibility in the nursing profession and lays a foundation for nursing practice that does not recognize the role that gender identity plays in the health and well-being of trans-clients and trans-nurses. This article seeks to raise readers’ awareness about the problems inherent to transinvisibility and to propose several curricular and structural-level interventions that may serve to gradually increase the recognition of gender diversity in the planning and delivery of nursing education and practice. Contextualized in gender and intersectionality theory, cultural safety is presented as a viable and appropriate framework for engaging in these upstream approaches to addressing gender diversity in nursing education and practice. Among the structural interventions proposed are as follows: inclusive information systems, creation of gender neutral and safe spaces, lobbying for inclusion of competencies that address care of trans-persons in accreditation standards and licensure examinations and engaging in nursing research in this area.
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Compassion fatigue in nurses: A metasynthesis
Aims and objectives
To interpret the body of qualitative work focusing on compassion fatigue to distil a common understanding that could then be applied to nursing care.
Complex demands place extraordinary stress on nurses struggling to work in overburdened healthcare systems. The result can be the inability to care well for others, leading to compassion fatigue, burnout and increased numbers leaving the profession. Metasynthesis offers a means of more fully illuminating compassion fatigue and further understanding of practices which might reduce its negative consequences.
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Disaster Nursing - Not If, But When...
2 Day Conference - Impact on Nursing & Rising to the Challenge
Melbourne 27-28 July 2017
All countries experience disasters of some kind and they are usually unpredictable. Australia regularly experiences natural events such as floods, fires and cyclones. In an increasingly unstable world, attacks against the state such as terrorist attacks, are also a sad reality. In any such event, you - as a nurse - are likely to be called upon to step up and act - clinically and in the community. While your hospital or workplace is likely to have an emergency management plan, have you thought about your own response? Are you prepared to rise to the challenge? What’s YOUR disaster management plan?
Topics include:
A nurses’ recollection of being in an earthquake - a personal story
How great teams come together
Is triage and assessment different in a disaster?
Are nurses required to assist if they witness a disaster?
Ethics of caring for a victim alongside a perpetrator
Long-term effect of disasters on children
How to recognise and recover from PTSD/ASD
Tips for staying calm under pressure and much, much more…
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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 April 2017

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