News bulletin 15 November

on 15 November

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No. 374 Wednesday 15 November 2017


Study finds cyberbullying of nurses a real issue
A study of cyberbullying in New Zealand nursing has found it impacts not only on the nurse victims themselves but also on the reputation of their organisations.
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Over $1million investment in new nursing positions announced
Over $1million will be invested to create nearly 17 new full-time equivalent nursing roles at Hawke’s Bay Hospital, the district health board announced today.
Chief executive Kevin Snee said the new Registered Nurse and Care Associate roles will be introduced over a 15-month period, with the first of these roles filled by February 2018.
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‘Magic wand’ numbs kids’ pain
No pain and more gain is how RACHEL WILSON describes trialling a pain-numbing device with Christchurch’s child cancer patients. NURSING REVIEW reports on the difference the ‘magic wand’ is making for children facing endless needles.
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Nursing homes regularly don't have enough nurses, says union
Guidelines around the number of nurses in rest homes are potentially not being met around the country.The Aged Care Association said most of its members provide the right number of hours of care from registered nurses.
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Academics Call for More Responsiveness to Māori Health Needs
A group of University of Auckland Māori health academics are calling for all health researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand to be accountable under the Treaty of Waitangi and be able to act and respond to Māori health needs.
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Data sovereignty: New global guidelines for indigenous health
A Waikato University professor has helped to develop a global guideline for researchers who use indigenous health data.
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Older people to benefit from funded access to shingles vaccine
Over 600,000 New Zealanders will be able to avoid the often painful and debilitating shingles infection following PHARMAC’s decision to fully fund the shingles vaccine.
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Opinion: Culturally based programmes needed to reduce asthma
Culturally targeted healthcare programmes based in churches and on marae are needed to help reduce the impact of severe asthma in Pasifika and MÄ?ori communities according to local experts.
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Go Spotty Day – Melanoma NZ
On Friday 17th of November thousands of New Zealanders will be going ‘spotty’ to raise awareness of melanoma –a disease that affects so many people in this country every year. “We want to get people in the community thinking about melanoma and checking their skin for ‘spots’ or signs that could save lives” says Melanoma NZ Event Manager, Megan Rees
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Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year
(Reuters) - The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to (US)$850 billion a year, medical experts said on Tuesday.
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2018 Ministry of Health Pacific Health Scholarships now open
The 2018 Ministry of Health Pacific Health Scholarships are now open and will close on 6 February 2018.The scholarships provide financial assistance to Pacific students who are committed to improving Pacific health.
Students undertaking a health-related tertiary course in health or disability-related studies must be accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee.For more information and to apply for a scholarship, go to Pacific Health Scholarships.


Mental health inquiry in 'preliminary stages', minister says
Health Minister David Clark confirms he's started discussions regarding the promised mental health inquiry. But any action is likely months away. 
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Break The Silence: New Health Minister pledges change on youth suicide
Warning: This article is about youth suicide and may be distressing for some readers.People at risk of suicide were not properly supported by the previous government and the lack of help resulted in more deaths, says new Health Minister Dr David Clark. That's a damning statement from the new minister, especially when his predecessor is a medical doctor. But Clark, who is not a medical doctor but a doctor of theology, is promising change and that help is on its way. He has kept the mental health portfolio for himself - it is usually held by an associate minister - and is preparing to launch a mental health inquiry. The nation will also - once again - have a Mental Health Commission, which National disestablished in 2012. This is what a change of government looks like. Big promises and willing interview subjects - Dr Jonathan Coleman spent months avoiding interview requests as the Herald investigated then launched its Break The Silence campaign calling for a debate on youth suicide.
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New risk calculator makes surgery safer for NZ patients
A new risk calculator for anaesthetists, surgeons and patients based solely on New Zealand data will be rolled out early next year, giving much more targeted knowledge about the risks and benefits of surgery for New Zealanders.
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NZ joining battle to raise awareness around use of antibiotics
New Zealand is joining the global battle to raise awareness around appropriate use of antibiotics.World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 (November 13 to 19) is a World Health Organization global event around one of the most pressing challenges to health care.
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Virtual reality makes hospital easier for sick kids, attracts iwi investment 
A virtual reality programme for sick children has attracted support from around the country. Christchurch Hospital manager  Peter Dooley was inspired to use virtual reality to prepare children for MRI scans and distract them from scary medical procedures.
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BSC Nursing students address nurse shortage by teaching young kids
BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck State College nursing students spent the day teaching 7 to 12 year old children what nurses do.
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Warnings of elderly care crisis as a third of vital care home vacancies go unfilled
A RECRUITMENT crisis is threatening the future of care homes across Scotland, with one in three nursing posts currently vacant, according to a new report.
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Commission warns of doctor oversupply, lack of nurses 
Thailand is expected to face a staffing problem in the public health sector in the next decade, according to research funded by the National Health Commission (NHC). It found the public health sector... 
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Snowden A, Stenhouse R, Duers L, et al. The relationship between emotional intelligence, previous caring experience and successful completion of a pre-registration nursing/midwifery degree. J Adv Nurs. 2017;00:1–10. 
Selection and retention of nursing students is a global challenge. Emotional intelligence is well-conceptualized, measurable and an intuitive prerequisite to nursing values and so might be a useful selection criterion. Previous caring experience may also be associated with successful completion of nurse training.
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Recio-Saucedo A, Dall'Ora C, Maruotti A, et al. What impact does nursing care left undone have on patient outcomes? Review of the literature. J Clin Nurs. 2017;00:1–12.
Aims and objectives
Systematic review of the impact of missed nursing care on outcomes in adults, on acute hospital wards and in nursing homes.
A considerable body of evidence supports the hypothesis that lower levels of registered nurses on duty increase the likelihood of patients dying on hospital wards, and the risk of many aspects of care being either delayed or left undone (missed). However, the direct consequence of missed care remains unclear.
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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 14 November  2017

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