News bulletin 17 May 2017

on 17 May

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No. 348 17 May 2017


Expert nurse numbers in good health across Nelson Marlborough
Nelson woman Andrea Chapman is one of a growing number of nurse practitioners, or expert nurses with advanced knowledge and skills in the region.
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Remembering the 53 nurses who died in Christchurch earthquake
Nurses gathered at Christchurch's earthquake memorial wall to honour 53 colleagues killed in the 2011 earthquake.  New Zealand Nursing Organisation (NZNO) Canterbury regional council chair Cheryl Hanham and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel laid wreaths after the names of the nurses were read out and the group sang a waiata.
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Plunket celebrates more than a century supporting Kiwi parents
Today Plunket is celebrating its 110th Birthday. For more than a century Plunket has been invited into the homes of families and whÄ?nau across the country and touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies.
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Pioneer nurse helps Middlemore Hospital celebrate 70th birthday
It's been 70 years since a young Esme Green decided she wanted to be a nurse.The year was 1947 and the 20-year-old dressmaker was living in Otahuhu when a new south Auckland hospital opened its doors on May 3.
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ED nurses’ Christmas Eve
'ED nursing is about critical thinking. It is never monotonous.'EMERGENCY Department (ED) nurse Mel Jones remembers Christmas Eve, 2016. She was in bed when her phone rang.
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Florence Nightingale Medal 2017
NZNO is proud to congratulate its members, Mrs Gail Ann Corbett, Ms Guru Dev Kaur Singh and Ms Barbara Fay Turnbull on their Florence Nightingale Medal awarded on Friday 12 May, International Nurses’ Day. The highly regarded international award recognises exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.
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Self-care for nurses a must  
Recent media on wellbeing, and health and safety in the workplace has highlighted the need to acknowledge and address unhealthy stress and the potential for emotional exhaustion in the nursing workforce, according to mental health researcher Dr Stacey Wilson.
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The employment rate for November graduates from the country's nursing schools varied from around half to 94 per cent, according to the latest survey findings.
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Improvements to healthcare system needed to manage multimorbidity
Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health care system to help patients with multimorbidity (multiple health conditions), their supporters and health care providers.
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Huge gulf of trauma care between North and South Islands, doctors say
A shortage of dedicated trauma staff in South Island emergency departments results in higher death and severe injury rates than in the North Island, two Christchurch doctors say.
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Ageing may lead to increased negative effects of dementia
Population ageing may lead to increased negative effects of dementia
A report into dementia in New Zealand has found that morbidity from chronic illness is worse for older people who also have dementia, and the ageing population will mean increased pressure on the health sector.
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New research suggests kapa haka and Te Reo may help prevent dementia
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming new research that suggests kapa haka and speaking Te Reo may help older MÄ?ori avoid dementia.
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Bowel cancer rates have risen significantly in people under the age of 50 study shows
The rate of bowel cancer has risen sharply in young men and women during the past two decades, a study has revealed.
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Efforts to further improve cancer services
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today released a new plan which will help further improve radiation oncology services around the country.
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Changing the face of cancer care for young people
A new Standards of Care to improve the survival rates of young people with cancer in New Zealand has been announced in Auckland today.
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Updated physical activity guidelines for 5-17 year olds
Updated guidelines for 5-17 year olds are encouraging school-aged children and young people to sit less, move more and sleep well.
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Infants must be enrolled with a GP within six weeks under proposed law change
All infants will have to be enrolled with a GP's practice before they are six weeks old under a bill to be debated by Parliament.
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A third of Maori are skipping hospital appointments
Nearly a third of Maori are skipping health appointments because they associate hospitals with death, according to experts.In the MidCentral district, 29 out of 102 Maori (28.4 per cent) did not attend their first urology appointment last year.
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Mapping begins for what a new disability support system could look like
Designing for the diversity of the disability community and beginning the mapping of what a new system could look like were the focus of a third workshop on transforming the disability support system.
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Emergency Department target saves thousands of lives
Thousands of lives are believed to have been saved by a six-hour wait time target for hospital emergency departments, which researchers say has helped halve the number of ED patient deaths.
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Labour promises a nurse in every secondary school
An emotional Jacinda Ardern has spoken about her grief at losing a childhood friend to suicide.Speaking to Labour's election year congress, Ardern put youth mental health on the political agenda, with a promise to place a nurse into every public secondary school.  Schools will also get the support of a GP.
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Manawatu educators say school nurses only a partial answer to youth suicide
Parents and youths are "crying out for help" to deal with youth suicide, but it will take more than school nurses to tackle the problem, Manawatu educators say.
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Suicide prevention strategy 'the responsibility of all of us
Comedian and mental health advocate Mike King has resigned from New Zealand's suicide prevention panel, saying the Government's draft plan is "deeply flawed"
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Mental health advocates support Mike King's stance on suicide prevention
The chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation says he supports Mike King's criticism of the Government-led suicide prevention strategy.
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Specialist wants to see independent safety monitors in hospitals
A patient safety expert is calling for independent 'expert patient safety monitors' to be introduced to the country's hospitals and general practices to help minimise mishaps.
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Increasing numbers of doctors 'looks good on paper' only
A nationwide increase of 6900 doctors and nurses in eight years "looks good on paper", but has not delivered improvements for patients, medical experts say.
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New heart health monitor reveals worrying global obesity trends
Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30-70 die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) but this must be reduced by 25% by 2025
World Heart Federation’s new heart health monitor will chart worldwide progress toward preventing CVD and early deaths
The World Heart Federation (WHF) has today released an interactive monitor tool that creates a global picture of heart health. 
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Low nurse staffing levels linked to missed care
Low levels of nurse staffing results in missed care opportunities, which can lead to patient deaths, according to a thesis from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
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Abuse and violence in families
Jnl of clinical nursing (online prepub)
Authors ; Denise Wilson,  Rosa Maria Gonzalez-Guarda,  Jacquelyn Campbell
Abuse and violence within families is both a global and gendered health issue (World Health Organization, 2013, 2014). In fact, one in every three women have experienced violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, presenting equity, social justice and human rights concerns across the globe (García-Moreno, Jansen, Ellsberg, Heise, & Watts, 2005). Abuse and violence in families occurs in varying forms: intimate partner violence or maltreatment of children (often referred to as domestic violence), child to mother violence, or abuse of elder family members. These cut across ethnic groups, socioeconomic levels, and family configurations, including nuclear families comprised of two parents and children as well as extended family networks.
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Othering in the nursing context: A concept analysis
Mary Lee A. Roberts, Martin Schiavenato
‘Othering’ is described as a social process whereby a dominant group or person uses negative attributes to define and subordinate others. Literature suggests othering creates exclusive relationships and puts patients at risk for suboptimal care. A concept analysis delineating the properties of othering was conducted to develop knowledge to support inclusionary practices in nursing.
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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 16 May 2017

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