News bulletin 7 March 2018

on 7 March

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 387,  Wednesday 7 March 2018


Under attack: Assaults on hospital staff on the rise in Northland
Assaults on hospital staff are on the rise in Northland, with the highest number of assaults ever recorded in 2017.
The majority of the assaults happened in the Northland District Health Board (NDHB) mental health units each year.
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Nurse struck off for faking patient notes in attempt to cover up
A registered nurse who managed a dementia care unit has been found guilty of falsifying patient notes and destroying the original documents after the woman died in the facility's care.
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Strike action the 'next option' if nurses reject latest pay offer from DHBs
Public hospital nurses will consider strike action if they reject a new pay offer from the District Health Boards (DHBs), a union adviser says.
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NZNO joins world 'Nursing Now' campaign
NZNO is embellishing its national ‘Visibility of Nursing’ campaign by joining the global movement Nursing Now. It seeks
to further enable and empower nurses at the heart of worldwide efforts to tackle 21st century health challenges. The greater visibility of and access to nurses will increase access to healthcare globally.
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Education Minister questions future sustainability of polytechs
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has questioned whether New Zealand needs 16 polytechs, raising the possibility some of them could be forced to close.
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Euthanasia: What's done around the world
Twins. Both deaf. Both facing the onset of blindness.
Belgian brothers Marc and Eddy Verbessem lived together and shared a special sign language known only to themselves and their family.
Terrified of never being able to see each other again and facing what family members called intolerable suffering, the twins opted instead to end their lives through euthanasia
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How do we set national health research priorities for New Zealand? Have your say
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Business, Science and Innovation (MBIE) are seeking your input into the process to establish health research priorities for New Zealand. Everyone in the broader health, and science, technology and innovation sectors will be involved in setting and implementing the priorities. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, input will be sought on the process used, what the priorities might look like, and the final priorities proposed in three separate consultation processes. You may get involved at any or all stages. Why are we going through this process? The country’s first health research strategy was published in 2017. The New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017–2027 (NZHRS) draws together the Ministry of Health, MBIE, and HRC to implement actions that will enhance the funding, conduct and uptake of health research. The aim of these changes is to increase the impact of health research in New Zealand and improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders
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Time to get serious about drivers of mental health issues - Clark
Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Mental Health Commissioner’s latest report is further confirmation of the need to tackle the drivers of mental health issues.
Commissioner Kevin Allan says New Zealand needs to broaden its focus from mental illness and addiction to include a greater focus on mental wellbeing and recovery. His report highlights growing demand for mental health services and notes many needs are left unmet.
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'Zero tolerance of suicides in services' recommended by Mental Health Commissioner
The Mental Health Commission is urging the government to adopt a policy of "zero tolerance of suicides in services" following its independent assessment of the country's mental health and addiction services. 
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'Dear David': Midwives share messages out of despair
Midwives who are sick of being overworked, underpaid and exhausted have launched a social media campaign to get their messages across to Health Minister David Clark.
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Live donors important source of organs
At any time, around 450 New Zealanders are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.
Kidney ‘second chance’ at life
Transplant centres are based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and Organ Donation New Zealand organises the allocation of organs.
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2018 flu vaccine beefed up to combat new strain
Vaccines being delivered to New Zealand ahead of this year's flu season have been updated to include a new strain, after problems with their effectiveness overseas.
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SHIVERS-II (Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance) has arrived in Wellington!
Building on the success of the previous SHIVERS study conducted in Auckland from 2012-2017, the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has won an international flu contract from the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS) in Memphis, USA. 
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Expensive health consults over phone spark call for better guidelines
With charges as high as $25 for health advice over the phone, there is a call for health boards to rein in pricing.
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Sally Casswell: Fairer system for alcohol-related harm is required
Emergency-room doctors who regularly bear the brunt of alcohol intoxication have become frequent advocates for alcohol policy. A slightly different tack was taken recently by Dr Martin Than, of the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department. He suggested the cost of alcohol-related admissions shouldn't have to come from the public purse and instead the bars and nightclubs, from which a lot of the intoxication-related harm comes, should make a financial contribution.
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Quebec's nurses are in crisis. How did we get here?
We look at what's driving the crisis, and how unions, politicians and even doctors are responding, some of them refusing to take hefty raises while the nurses are suffering. 
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Quebec nurses reporting themselves for lax care standards amid labour crisis
Stress, forced overtime and low morale are among the reasons some Quebec nurses are telling their own professional order that they cannot meet care standards. It’s an alarming trend, according to the Quebec Order of Nurses, that underscores a crisis for its members.
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Ageism in nursing and heath care
Ageism in nursing is a real and present threat to the profession, and to the healthcare system writ large.In reviewing articles about ageism in nursing, one might believe that it occurs only in relation to older nurses, yet ageism can cut both ways.
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Putting knowledge to work in clinical practice: Understanding experiences of preceptorship as outcomes of interconnected domains of learning.  Allan HT, Magnusson C, Evans K, et al.  J Clin Nurs. 2018;27:123–131.

Aims and objectives
To explore how preceptor support can assist newly qualified nurses to put knowledge to work across interconnected forms of knowledge when delegating to healthcare assistants.
Current literature on preceptorship in nursing has failed to explore how competence is underpinned by knowledge frameworks in clinical practice.
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Realist evaluation of privately practising nurse practitioners in Australia: Development and refinement of theories
Collegian, Article in Press Feb 2018
Nurse practitioners (NPs) have been practising in Australia since 2001, predominantly in the public sector. To facilitate the expansion of NPs working in community and primary health care settings, legislative changes in 2010 led to privately practising NPs (PPNPs) being eligible to provide care subsidised through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). To date, there has been little evaluation of PPNP services in Australia. Reported in this paper is the process through which national survey data enabled the refinement and development of theories on PPNP services in Australia.
To describe the development and refinement of theories to answer the research question how, why and in which contexts PPNP services impact on patient access to care.
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Night Safety Procedures: Transitional Guideline
This transitional guideline is to help those working in mental health and secure disability services who use night safety procedures work towards eliminating the procedure.
Night safety procedures is the practice of locking a patient in their bedroom overnight for safety reasons. There is no therapeutic value.
This transitional guideline replaces the Night Safety Procedures document issued in June 1995, which is no longer fit for purpose.
This guidelines sets out the principles, outcomes and criteria to be applied when night safety procedures are used over this transitional period. There are three outcomes.
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International Council of Nurses’ Congress to be held 27 June-1 July 2019 in Singapore
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) today announced the theme, dates and venue for its 2019 Congress. ICN’s Congresses are the world’s largest international events for nurses. With the theme Beyond Healthcare to Health, ICN 2019 will take place from 27 June to 1 July 2019 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, hosted by the Singapore Nurses Association (SNA).
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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 6 March 2018

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