News bulletin 11 October

on 11 October

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 369  Wednesday 11 October 2017


Nursing in rural settings different type of challenge
The new clinical nurse manager of Taupo Hospital's Inpatient Unit has extensive experience of health in rural settings, both in Australia and New Zealand.
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Southern nurses part of rural network
Four southern nurses are among the nine newly elected officers and members of the Rural Nurses New Zealand (RNNZ) group.
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Nurse's labour of love helps needy abroad
Every six months or so Lydia Snell packs up a van loaded to the brim with unwanted medical supplies from Whakatāne Hospital bound for countries less developed than New Zealand.
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Simulating medical events to better train South Canterbury medics
A group of South Canterbury health staff are set to learn how they can help their colleagues better cope with serious medical emergencies.
South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) anesthetist Elaine Clark is leading a group of four DHB staff who will be taking part in a medical simulation instructor course.
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Nursing care criticised after pysch unit death
The mental health watchdog says the level of nursing care provided to a man in a psychiatric inpatient unit was unacceptable.
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How health workers can spot and help 'modern slaves'
Frontline health workers can help victims of "modern slavery", researchers say.
While many of us might think of slavery as a tragedy of a bygone area, a group of experts writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal today say a hidden modern slavery problem persists today.
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Quit Smoking Support for Health Care Workers Needed
A team of researchers at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has found that, while there has been a decline in health care worker smoking rates, more needs to be done to address what remains a burden on the health system.
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Ministry of Health reviewing National Travel Assistance Policy
The Ministry of Health is beginning a review of the policy which guides the National Travel Assistance Scheme.The Scheme is designed to contribute to the costs of people who need to travel long distances, or frequently, to receive specialist services.
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Calls for malnutrition screening for at risk elderly
New Massey University research highlights the importance of screening for risk of malnutrition among older people as a preventative health measure.
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Australia doing better than Kiwis at making schools sun smart - researchers
New Zealand is falling behind Australia in preventing skin cancer through  education, researchers have found.
The Government does not fund school sun protection programmes despite New Zealand having the deadliest melanoma rate in the world.
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ED stays decreased but with strings attached
Research into hospital emergency department waiting times has shown that waiting times are lower than ten years ago but significant challenges remain for treating patients in a timely manner.
The study, published in BioMed Central Health Services Research studied ED waiting times at four New Zealand Hospitals between 2006 and 2012.
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Fewer children injured in motor vehicles, more by falls
Fewer children were seriously injured in motor-vehicle traffic crashes in 2014 than in 2004, Stats NZ said today.
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Measles, rubella gone from NZ
The World Health Organisation has verified New Zealand has successfully eliminated endemic measles and rubella for the first time.
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Reducing the level of undiagnosed HIV in our community is critical in turning around the epidemic in New Zealand
HIV infections in New Zealand are rising but it is possible to turn this trend around.Latest evidence shows that an HIV positive person who is successfully treated with HIV medication is unable to pass on HIV to their sexual partners. To realize the benefits of this, we need to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed and untreated HIV infection.
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Cow Pat Bingo And Other Initiatives Encourage Quit Smoking Attempts
In a morning parallel session Dr Grace Wong from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) said recent research shows Maori and Pasifika smokers face barriers to quit support in when participating in community care not faced by some other New Zealanders
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One in two Kiwi pregnancies risk fetal alcohol disorders
Up to one in two pregnant women may be exposing their unborn child to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a University of Otago researcher says.
Dr Sherly Parackal shared some of the findings of her study about alcohol exposure during pre-conception and early pregnancy at the Public Health Association conference in Christchurch on Tuesday.
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Millennials represent boon to nurse workforce, join ranks at twice the rate of baby boomers
Millennials are becoming nurses at nearly double the rate of baby boomers, according to a studypublished in Health Affairs.
For the study, researchers examined nurse workforce trends using the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey for the period 1979–2000, as well as data from the bureau's American Community Survey for 2001–15. They looked at data on more than 429,500 RNs.
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Earn as you learn – will it deliver more trained nurses?
Party conference rhetoric is not noted for understatement and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's claim to be unveiling the "biggest expansion of nurse training in the history of the NHS" should be seen in that light.
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“Utter confusion” around direction and delegation
PhD researcher Margaret Hughes talks to Nursing Review about how leaders and managers can help nurses who are struggling with direction and delegation.
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Direction and delegation: when it goes wrong
Bad direction and delegation can impact on both patient safety and nursing careers. As part of Nursing Review’s focus on the topic, Margaret Hughes shares how to develop the skills involved and cites an example of when the delegation of a nursing activity went wrong.
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Collaborative arrangements and privately practising nurse practitioners in Australia: results from a national survey
Jane Currie A B , Mary Chiarella A and Thomas Buckley A
Australian Health Review 41(5) 533-540
Objective Since the introduction of legislative changes in 2010, services provided by privately practising nurse practitioners (PPNPs) in Australia have been eligible for subsidisation through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). To provide eligible services, PPNPs must collaborate formally with a medical practitioner or an entity that employs medical practitioners. This paper provides data from a national survey on these collaborative arrangements in Australia. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of PPNP services on patient access to care in Australia.
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Through the looking glass: the perspective of a nurse and practice manager-owned general practice
Kathy Hines 1 , Rose Ruddle 1
Journal of Primary Health Care 9(3) 191-192
Two years ago, the general practitioner (GP) who employed us decided to close the practice. After much consideration, the clinic was purchased by three registered nurses, one enrolled nurse and the practice manager. We took over private ownership on 1 May 2015.
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International practice settings, interventions and outcomes of nurse practitioners in geriatric care: A scoping review
International Journal of Nursing Studies Available online 18 September 2017
In Press, Corrected Proof

To identify and summarize the common clinical settings, interventions, and outcomes of nurse practitioner care specific to older people.
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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 10 October  2017

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