News bulletin 20 September 2017

on 20 September

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 366 Wednesday 20 September 2017


The changing face of nursing through the eyes of Massey alumna
Nursing has changed considerably over the past 40 years, and Massey University alumna Rose Stewart has seen it all.
Now a Registered Nurse Prescriber for Family Planning at the Margaret Sparrow Clinic in Wellington, Mrs Stewart (62) reluctantly stepped into nursing at just 17.
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Former Whanganui Hospital head matron turns 100
At a time when nurses wore caps and aprons and children under the age of 12 could not visit the hospital, Catherine Scrimgeour was in her prime.
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Whanganui doctors lead charge for flu vaccinations
Whanganui District Health is urging people to get vaccinated against the flu.
WDHB's infection prevention and control clinical nurse specialist Jacqueline Pennefather said the flu doesn't disappear in spring.
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Patients left waiting as Wellington nurses and midwives struggle under pressure
Tears and prayers are helping Wellington nurses get through understaffed shifts that have left almost half of them feeling unsafe or unsupported at work. 
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RACP push to make 'whanau wellbeing' the norm
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has called on New Zealand politicians to take urgent action to make whÄnau wellbeing the norm.
RACP New Zealand President Dr Jonathan Christiansen said the way a community is designed and supported has a major impact on the health and wellbeing of children
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Postgraduate funding shake-up: what is a fair slice of the cake?
A major shake-up of postgraduate funding is on its way and nurses are keen to ensure they don’t get a penny less than they should. They’re also arguing that, as the largest health profession, they should, in fact, get a few pennies more. Nursing Review reports.
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Long shifts allowed, no harm to patients, investigation reveals
An investigation into a Whanganui surgeon's 16-hour long shift says no patients were placed at risk and does not recommend extended shifts be stopped from happening in the future.
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Warning for asthmatics to keep plan in place
Asthma sufferers should keep up-to-date action plans in a bid to help stem emergency hospital admissions.
As part of the Breathe Better September asthma awareness campaign, respiratory nurse educator Karen Vis is urging people with the disease to stay on top of symptoms and keep a plan in place for when they get worse.
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Mental health intervention for preschoolers could be the answer to our high suicide rates
Parents of preschool children will soon be able to assess their mental health with a new app being developed by psychologists.
University of Auckland Professor Sally Merry is leading the development of an app which aims to be a a "Fitbit for mental health" for young children, called 'Super kids'.
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Ethical Listening – What is it and How Do I Do it?
As health professionals, we are well aware that ethics are a cornerstone of our practice. Not only are we regulated by a body that requires ethical practice as standard, we also have ethical obligations as humans, colleagues, family members, and friends, to listen effectively. Additionally, the stronger or more intimate the relationship, the more we owe it to the speaker to be an ethical listener.
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How to Manage Passive-Aggressive People
Bringing Hidden Hostility to Light
Passive aggression is a masked way of expressing feelings of anger.
Do you know people who are frequently sarcastic? Do they tease others cruelly or put them down, either directly or behind their back? If so, do they then use the phrase "just kidding" to appear to lessen the blow?
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Profiling Nurse Practitioner practice patterns at a major urban acute health service
Collegian, Article in press (Sept 2017)
Research detailing the practice patterns and services provided by nurse practitioners within a large health care facility is currently lacking in the literature. This study fills a gap in the literature by reporting on the practices of nurse practitioners in a variety of clinical specialty areas within the one health care setting.
To identify the practices of nurse practitioners in different contexts across one health service. BackgroundAn expanding cohort of nurse practitioners within an Australian health service increasingly delivers services to more complex patients. Understanding this phenomenon assists future workforce planning.
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Nurse leader emotional intelligence: How does it affect clinical nurse job satisfaction?
Nursing Management: September 2017 - Volume 48 - Issue 9 - p 26–32
Effective nursing leadership is critical to successful organizational outcomes and employee job satisfaction. Strong leaders are skillful in relating to others and creating relationships that are essential to achieving their goals.1 Emotional intelligence (EI) has been recognized in the social psychology literature and is now receiving attention in the nursing theoretical and empirical literature as having a significant impact on leadership success.2 The concept of EI is defined as the ability to accurately perceive, appraise, and express emotion.3 EI encompasses the ability to control impulses and delay gratification, regulate one's mood, and continue to be motivated and empathize with others when faced with frustrating situations.4
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Ground-up-top down: a mixed method action research study aimed at normalising research in practice for nurses and midwives
BMC NursingBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201716:52
Improving health, patient and system outcomes through a practice-based research agenda requires infrastructural supports, leadership and capacity building approaches, at both the individual and organisational levels. Embedding research as normal nursing and midwifery practice requires a flexible approach that is responsive to the diverse clinical contexts within which care is delivered and the variable research skills and interest of clinicians. This paper reports the study protocol for research being undertaken in a Local Health District (LHD) in New South Wales (NSW) Australia. The study aims to evaluate existing nursing and midwifery research activity, culture, capacity and capability across the LHD. This information, in addition to input from key stakeholders will be used to develop a responsive, productive and sustainable research capacity building framework aimed at enculturating practice-based research activities within and across diverse clinical settings of the LHD.
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Health Promoting Schools: Impact on Targeted Student Outcomes
Health Promoting Schools (or HPS) is a school community focused national service funded by the Ministry of Health in New Zealand to help schools assess and address the health and wellbeing requirements of their students to advance student learning and achievement outcomes.
This report assesses how successful the Health Promoting Schools service has been across schools in New Zealand.The following areas were examined to assess how well the service was helping schools, students, parents/whânau, and the community.
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Interim Evaluation Report: Healthy Families NZ
Includes Supplementary Report: Analyses of New Zealand Health Survey and B4 School Check data by Healthy Families NZ location
Healthy Families NZ is a large-scale initiative that is a key part in helping New Zealanders live healthy, active lives.In 2015 the Ministry of Health contracted an evaluation of Healthy Families NZ to Massey University to follow the progress of Healthy Families NZ’s innovative dynamic systems approach to preventing chronic disease.
This Healthy Families NZ Interim Evaluation report shows that the initiative has been established with integrity to its intention and purpose and is a promising approach to prevention of chronic disease. The report also identifies enabling and supporting Māori leadership as an integral part of the Healthy Families NZ approach and one of eight emerging themes and lessons that are addressed in the report.
A supplementary report provides findings from analyses of the New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) and the B4 School Check, comparing each Healthy Families NZ location with the overall NZ population.
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Journal of Indigenous wellbeing
Te Mauri Pimatisiwin the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing has dedicated this Special Sponsored Edition (Volume 2, Issue 2, 2017) to Indigenous Suicide Prevention. We give thanks to the University of  Western Australia's, Department of Indigenous Studies for the sponsorship they provided for this issue.  This publication is timely given the high rates of suicide among Indigenous people and the attention globally on suicide with the observation of World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th of September 2017.

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 19 September  2017

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