News bulletin 24 January 2018

on 24 January

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 381  Wednesday 24 January 2018


Students favouring health, engineering and IT over accounting, teaching
New Zealand is training a lot more doctors and nurses, but fewer accountants and teachers, as students seek out courses that will get them good jobs.
New figures show declining proportions are studying the once-dominant degrees of bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of commerce (BCom), which provide less certain career pathways.
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Pegasus Māori health manager seconded to Chief Nurse’s Office
Ramai Lord has been seconded from her role as Pegasus Heath’s Māori Health Manager to spend a year in the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer.
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nterRAI pilot makes it easier for RNs to become assessors
A new partnership with Whitireia allows nurses to complete their interRAI assessor training as they do their Competency Assessment Programmes (CAPs).
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Rising numbers seeking transgender advice will require more funding, warns study
Increasing numbers of Wellington people are seeking advice and support on gender reassignment, creating funding challenges for the health system, new research says.
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Summer health series: Treaty partnership and decision making
What lies beyond the new Labour government’s ‘first 100 days’ for health policy and outcomes for Māori? In part three of our series on the future of Māori health, former Ministry of Health advisor and policy analyst Gabrielle Baker asks how we can be better Treaty partners in the quest to achieve equity.
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Bowel cancer national screening roll out delayed for Taranaki residents
Taranaki health authorities had begun planning a bowel cancer screening programme for men and women aged 60-74 years old despite the postponement of a national programme set to start this year.
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Teens with cancer worse off in New Zealand than internationally
Cancer survival rates for adolescents and young adults (AYA) are worse in New Zealand than overseas, and the way they are grouped might need to change, new research shows.
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Talking about diabetes – improving health, one sentence at a time
Primary care physicians can improve their communication to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by offering more information specific to the patient’s experience, new research from Otago, Auckland and Victoria universities shows.
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Government takes first steps towards abortion law reform
Abortion law reform is back on the table with a new Government but not everyone supports the move to take abortion out of the Crimes Act. Jo Moir investigates the arguments for and against liberalising abortion.
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Mental health review to look at services and equity of access - Govt
An inquiry into mental health will be led by former health and disability Commissioner Ron Paterson and will have a particular focus on equity of access to quality services, the Government has announced.  
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Mental health inquiry: How will it work?
A ministerial inquiry into mental health and addiction has just been announced by the government. How will it work?
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Changing Minds, 19 January 2018
Applications for New Zealand’s first ever national mental health lived experience leader’s initiative open today (1.30 pm Friday Jan 19.)
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Questions raised over SDHB primary care plan
The Southern DHB's proposed primary care plan lacks detail and could lead to job losses, health sector unions say.
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ED doctor calls for cost sharing discussion on alcohol health expense
Binge drinking in Canterbury is costing hospitals millions a year – money one emergency department doctor believes shouldn't be coming from the public purse.
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Nursing Union Marks 40 Years
The Fiji Nursing and Associates Credit Union yesterday marked its 40th anniversary.The celebration was held at the Fiji Muslim League hall in Suva, followed by a gala dinner celebration at the Vine Yard Restaurant.
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Trump administration bolsters protections for doctors, nurses who oppose abortion
More than eight months since President Trump signed an executive order instructing agencies to expand religious liberty under federal law, his administration on Thursday delivered some results. 
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Nurses to receive Open University style training to ease recruitment crisis
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt is considering offering nurses Open University-style training to help solve the NHS recruitment crisis
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Nurses: The way the profession is changing
From the running of general practices to carrying out surgical operations, the role of nurses is changing. So what are some of the things modern nurses do?
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How education must reawaken empathy.  Dean, S. and McAllister, M. (2018), J Adv Nurs, 74: 233–234. doi:10.1111/jan.13239
Unless you are a visiting your local general practice clinic where you may be recognised by friends and neighbours, it is unlikely that you will come away from a modern health service with the feeling of having had a warm and empathic encounter with a nurse or doctor. As a patient in an outpatient clinic, one needs to endure time that undulates between long waiting times, with single, brief and hurried encounters with clinicians. There will be complex machinery, crowds of people – other patients, visitors and hospital staff – generating noise and making demands. The experience is likely to leave you feeling as though you were treated more like an object than a unique individual with personal and important concerns. To cope with this situation, and cope with its negative impacts, one needs to understand the peculiar mechanism of dehumanization that works sometimes as a blessing and a curse for medical workers (Haslam 2015).
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Understanding nurses’ concerns when caring for patients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Markey K, Tilki M, Taylor G.  J Clin Nurs. 2018;27:e259–e268.

Aims and objectives

To explore the experiences of both student and qualified nurses of caring for patients from diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, in one region of Ireland. Hearing the stories, experiences and attitudes of nurses has the potential to influence future clinical practice and has implication for nurses, nurse educators and nurse managers and leaders.


There is a wealth of international literature highlighting the importance of providing culturally sensitive care. However, global reports of culturally insensitive care continue. There is a paucity of in-depth research exploring the actual concerns and challenges nurses experience when caring for patients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as what influences their actions and omissions of care in practice.
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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 23 January 2018


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