News bulletin 16 August 2017

on 16 August

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No. 361 16 August 2017


Two nurses receive top national honours for tertiary teaching
Storytelling is a common theme for two Otago Polytechnic nursing lecturers honoured at last night's Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony.
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Primary health nurse leader is new chair of Nurse Executives
Nursing Review talks to Karyn Sangster, believed to be the first primary health leader to chair Nurse Executives New Zealand, about the need to keep improving workforce modelling, the nursing role in integrating services and wanting NENZ to be a strong voice across all health sectors.
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Dual nursing qualification attracts men to nursing
The health sector needs more male nurses, but has struggled to attract men into what has traditionally been a female domain. While up to 50% of those enrolling to become doctors are now reportedly women, only 10% or less of nursing students are male.
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'We've got a health system that's the envy of the world,' minister tells cancer charities
The world is green with envy when it looks at our health system, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has told a room full of bemused cancer charity bosses.
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Minister's boast: Kiwi health system 'envy of the world' ... Well, yes and no
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman likes to think New Zealand's health system is the envy of the world, and even some of those people in the sector who aren't particularly impressed by the minister think he has a point.
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DHB agrees survey findings that nurses feel pressured and drained are “unacceptable”
Nurses are feeling unsafe and supported at Capital & Coast District Health Board according to the DHB's own staff engagement survey, reports nurses' union NZNO.
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Taranaki DHB ranked second most preferred hospital by graduating doctors
Taranaki Hospitals (Taranaki DHB) have come second in a survey that ranks graduating doctors’ most preferred hospitals to work in.
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Euthanasia bill gets legal tick from Attorney-General
A bill proposing to legalise euthanasia has been given a legal tick by the Attorney-General, who said it would not infringe basic human rights if enacted.
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Nothing will change nor improve in mental health services without authentic Māori leadership and partnership
Te Huarahi o te Kete Pounamu Māori an independent voice of Māori with lived experience of mental illness and mental health services and Te Rau Matatini are facilitating meaningful discussions in the pursuit of optimum health outcomes for Māori.
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Government unveils 17 new mental health initiatives in $100m package
The Government is set to pour millions into building resilience in young children as part of a $100m package to focus on early intervention in mental health issues. 
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MoH tells DHBs not to pay mental health workers more
Sent to all District Health Board Chief Executives on the 7th of July, the Ministry describes increased funding for mental health providers struggling to retain their staff after the pay equity settlement as "unlawful".
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Call to grow and develop support workers in the mental health and addiction sector
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and Platform Trust have partnered again to call for more recognition and development for support workers in the mental health and addiction sector.
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Alcohol re-think 'central' to mental health policy, Government told
Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser.
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30 in 100 patients harmed by medication
More than 30 out of every 100 patients admitted to New Zealand hospitals are harmed by medications given to them, a new study has found.
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Collaboration the key to addressing rural health workforce challenges
The call for a nationally focussed, multidisciplinary approach to training rural health professionals is a sensible way to address the longer term health needs of rural communities, says the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network.
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Report shows drop in pregnancy smoking rate
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner welcome a new report which shows a continued downward trend in the percentage of pregnant women smoking.
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New online tool puts the focus on Māori men’s health
Mana Tāne Ora o Aotearoa, the National Māori Men’s Health Coalition, will launch the Tāne Ora Health Indicator tool in Wellington tonight.
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Men offered cash to train as nurses
Men are being offered bursaries to entice them to train as nurses and midwives.Coventry University will give £1,000 to ten men in each of the three years of their degree course.
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Ways to retain experienced nurses
While attracting more newcomers to the nursing profession is great, it is more important to keep existing staff happy by creating a good work environment (More mid-career professionals making switch to nursing; ST Online, Aug 3).
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Data-driven nurses ask for a voice in Australia's digital health strategy
The group representing nurses well-versed in informatics is appealing for heavy involvement in the delivery of Australia's digital health strategy.
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Global nursing campaign set to launch to raise the profession's status
A global campaign designed to “generate energy, boost morale and encourage recruitment” among nurses is to be launched in the coming months in a bid to raise the status of the profession.
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Preparing nurse leaders: An interview with F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN [Podcast]
Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Patrick Robinson, the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University. Dr. Robinson has a wealth of experiences and achievements in academia and nursing leadership, as well as clinical expertise caring for HIV/AIDS patients. We spoke about his journey in nursing, along with the work being done at Capella University and the Nurses on Boards Coalition to prepare nurses to be leaders in health care.
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New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing global public health threat which affects patients, communities and threatens to undermine the modern health system. Antimicrobial resistance can also have serious negative impacts on animal health, welfare and production.

The New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan was jointly developed by the Ministry of Health, Ministry for Primary Industries and representatives from across the human health, animal health and agriculture sectors. The document draws upon the findings from Antimicrobial Resistance - New Zealand's current situation and identified areas for action, released earlier this year.
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New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan: A framework for action
2nd edition.
The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan: A framework for action (NZIPAP) sets out the all-of-government measures to be taken to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. It updates the New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Action Plan 2010.
The NZIPAP is intended for anyone involved in planning, preparation or response to an influenza pandemic. It also provides general information on pandemics and Government planning for the New Zealand public.
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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 15 August  2017

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