News bulletin 21 February 2018

on 21 February

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 385, Wednesday 21 February 2018


More than 80 per cent of new grads still nursing five years on
New graduate nurses are much more likely to still be nursing five years after graduating if they start their career in a new grad programme, just released analysis confirms.
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Top marks for Otago Polytechnic
Otago Polytechnic’s latest Graduate Destination Survey has found that 96% of our graduates are either employed or undertaking further study.
For Otago Polytechnic’s Maori graduates, it is even higher - at 99%!We also have some of the highest student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand: 98% of graduates were satisfied overall with the quality of the programme they undertook; and 94% of graduates would recommend their programme of study to others.
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Scabies may play role in later developing rheumatic fever, new research shows
Children who have had scabies are 23 times more likely to develop rheumatic fever than children who haven't, new
research shows. 
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NZ's dietary fibre inadequacy is costing over $600m a year
New research conducted by Deloitte Access Economics and Nutrition Research Australia shows that if every New Zealand adult adds three serves of high fibre grain food to their daily diet, it could save the economy an estimated $607 million a year in reduced healthcare costs and lost productivity, and potentially avert 34,000 new cases of cardiovascular disease and 68,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes.
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Study reveals the foods driving up cancer rates
Eating processed food significantly raises the risk of cancer, experts warned last night.They said the disease was claiming more lives because of the popularity of ready meals, sugary cereals and fizzy drinks.
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Australia ahead of NZ in cancer survival rates
The Cancer Society says 2500 more New Zealanders would have survived cancer if they had lived in Australia.
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Depth and diversity focus of Hauora Maori Scholarships
Applications open today for health scholarships designed to provide opportunities for Māori in the health and disability sector.
Announcing the opening of applications for Hauora Māori Scholarships 2018, Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa says the scholarships are a great opportunity for students and health care workers committed to training and excellence.
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Dropping proposed medical school would be 'disaster', MP says
The prospect of a new medical school remains up in the air, with the Government yet to commit. 
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Abortion watchdog wants changes to the law but says nobody is listening
The Abortion watchdog says it hasn't had a Justice Minister consult with it for years despite pleas for law changes.
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Auckland midwives slam staff shortages, poor culture
The College of Midwives is so concerned with the working conditions at Auckland City Hospital they've talked to the DHB's board.
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Study shows 'courage' key part of rural midwives' job
A new international collaborative study of 200 practicing midwives in New Zealand and Scotland is showing just what it takes to operate in a remote rural area. Dr Andrea Gilkison, who has been a midwife since 1985 and is a Senior Lecturer of midwifery at AUT explains why the education of new midwives, as well as remuneration models that suit their special set of needs, is crucial. Kathryn is also joined by Professor Jean Rankin from the University of the West of Scotland Plus to discuss the findings.
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Warning of potential harm to liver associated with Arthrem
Medsafe is advising members of the public taking the dietary supplement Arthrem of a potential risk of harm to the liver.Arthrem is marketed as a ‘dietary supplement used to relieve joint pain and stiffness.’
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Worst mumps outbreak in decades - warning vaccine protection can fail with time
With the country in the grip of its worst mumps outbreak in decades, an infectious diseases doctor is warning people vaccinated against the disease as children can lose their protection over time.
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University report shows support for exclusive tobacco sales at pharmacies
Pharmacies may consider selling tobacco to help achieve New Zealand's "bold measures" of being smokefree by 2025, a research survey finds.
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Latest ASH survey shows youth smoking is at an all time low
Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released today show that only 2.2 percent of year ten students smoke daily. The lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999 when 15.2 percent of students smoked daily.
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Vaping a public aspect of changing face of smoking in NZ
Clouds of vapour streaming from mouths of e-cigarette users signal the changing style of smoking in New Zealand.
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Engaging family in care of hospitalized loved ones enhances healing, reduces readmission rates
A voluntary program that allows family members of hospitalized patients to participate in their care enhanced healing and reduced readmission rates.
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"Super nurses" gain powers, but look for more autonomy
Quebec is gradually increasing the scope of practice of nurse practitioners, but the issue of their ability to practice autonomously, without the supervision of a doctor remains an unresolved.
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Profiling Australian school students’ interest in a nursing career: insights for ensuring the future workforce
VOLUME 35 ISSUE 2, 2018
Given that the current shortage of nurses threatens the quality of health care globally, we urgently need to find new ways to bolster recruitment. This paper aims to understand patterns and predictors of interest in a nursing career among school students in order to inform ways of ensuring a viable future workforce.
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Human influences impacting assessors’ experiences of marginal student performances in clinical courses
Collegian, Articles in press, Feb 2018
Bachelor of Nursing programmes are designed to prepare nurses to be capable of providing safe and competent, individualised patient care. While research literature is rich with information exploring clinical competence and assessment in nursing programmes, there is a paucity of information on nursing students’ performances in clinical assessment when their capacity to provide quality care is less evident.
Herein, we describe university employed assessors’ perceptions of the human influences that impact their experiences of grading students’ performances in clinical practice and other assessments within clinical courses when that performance is marginal; not a clear pass or fail.
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The effect of a gerontology nurse specialist for high needs older people in the community on healthcare utilisation: a controlled before-after study
BMC Geriatrics BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 201818:22
Nurse-led models of comprehensive geriatric assessment and care coordination can improve health management as well as reduce hospitalisations for high risk community dwelling older people. This study investigated the effect on healthcare utilisation of systematic case finding to identify high risk older people in the community with a subsequent comprehensive assessment and care coordination intervention by a Gerontology Nurse Specialist based in primary care.
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Improving diabetes control in the community: a nurse managed intervention model in a multidisciplinary clinic
VOLUME 35 ISSUE 2, 2018
To assess diabetes management and control measures in a central multidisciplinary primary care clinic, conducted by a nurse.
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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for Primary Care
Morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be one of the largest burdens of disease for New Zealanders. More people are surviving acute cardiac events, and there have been advances in preventing and treating CVD. However, it is still responsible for 40 percent of deaths (often premature and preventable) in New Zealand.
In the last two years significant work has been undertaken to develop new equations for primary prevention, based specifically on the New Zealand population using PREDICT cohort data.
This publication has recommendations for cardiovascular disease risk assessment and risk management. It replaces previous advice on CVD risk assessment.
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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 20 February 2018.

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