News bulletin 14 March 2018

on 14 March

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No. 388, Wednesday 14 March 2018


What do a nurse, teacher and a medical transcriptionist have in common?
They are all waiting on equal pay. And today, early childhood teacher Chloe Lundie-Hodge, neonatal intensive care nurse Emma Morgan and medical transcriptionist Anne Shanks presented the signatures of over eight and a half thousand other equal pay supporters to Dr Jackie Blue in Wellington.
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Female psychiatric nurses most likely to smoke - research
Although the medical profession has cracked its smokefree target of less than 5 per cent, statistics show there were more women smokers than men.
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Rare honour given to Dunedin nurse
After spending most of the past 10 years working with Red Cross surgical teams in war zones, Dunedin nurse Barbara Turnbull will be awarded the  Florence Nightingale Medal next week.
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Three NZ nursing schools make global top 100
For the first time, three New Zealand nursing schools have made the top 100 in a global university ranking survey.
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Decision on hold to cut senior Plunket nurse consultants
Plunket is reviewing its proposal to cut clinical nurse consultant positions across the country after ‘strong advice’ from staff about the impact of the cuts.
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'Look after us so we can look after you'- NZ Nurses speak out on Facebook over 'failing health system'
A speak-out Facebook page for nurses to share stories about the "failing" health care system has reached over 12,000 members in the short course of a week.
A Facebook page about the abuse, long hours and low pay nurses say they face has exploded in popularity.
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Work visa limits could push aged care into labour crisis by 2020, says association
A labour crisis looms for the work force that looks after older people, and immigration policies may not help, the Government has been warned.
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Health board chairs and members expenses claim $1m over three years
District Health Board chairs and members have spent almost $1 million on travel and training in the past three years.
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New figures highlight midwife shortages
The College of Midwives is pleading with the government to put into action a funding model for midwives it co-designed with the Ministry of Health, after what they say has been years of neglect for the sector.
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Dr Simon Thornley: A sugar tax would be a fence at the top of a cliff
We need to used the same divorce strategy for sugar that we used for tobacco, Dr Simon Thornley argues in a contribution to Stuff's Sugar Fix series.
I have had a love-hate relationship with sugar all my life.
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The sugar fix: Is it right to target sugary drinks?
Should New Zealand join the growing list of countries adopting a sugar tax? Reporter Rachel Thomas investigates in 'The Sugar Fix', a major new series launched by Stuff today.
France was first, taxing sugary and artificially sweetened drinks in 2012.
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Study suggests targeted smoking cessation interventions needed among Māori healthcare workers
A recent study has sought to understand smoking trends among nurses and doctors in New Zealand and has identified disparities between Māori and non-Māori healthcare workers. The Otago University study, led by Dr Richard Edwards and colleagues, found that by 2013 doctors and the majority of nursing sectors had achieved the Smokefree 2025 goal of less than 5% smoking prevalence. However, the smoking rate of Māori nurses in particular remained high.
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Expanded care model improves quality of life for chronic heart failure patients
study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined an expanded care model for chronic heart failure patients that supplemented conventional cardiac therapy with a nurse and a social worker.
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Let nurses prescribe drugs - AIFA (3)
(ANSA) - Rome, March 7 - Nurses in Italy should be allowed to prescribe drugs like their counterparts in many other countries, the Italian drug agency AIFA said Wednesday. AIFA chief Mario Melazzini said "nurses, too, should be able to have the possibility of prescribing drugs", a possibility that "already exists in many other countries".
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Experienced public healthcare sector pharmacists, nurses to be allowed to prescribe medicines from July
They will first undergo a three-month Collaborative Prescribing Programme organised by the National University of Singapore. The inaugural intake of 38 will undergo the course on Mar 19.
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‘By 2030, India will need 2 m doctors, 6 m nurses’
Healthcare sector, which will drive the economy, will generate 40 million jobs by 2020, says Devi Shetty at CII meet
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16,000 Filipino nurses sought in the UK; Hong Kong seeks 154,000 Filipina nannies
16,000 Filipino nurses sought in the UK; Hong Kong seeks 154,000 Filipina nanniesManila lists available overseas jobs for overseas Filipino workers affected by Kuwait deployment ban
Some 16,000 jobs await Filipino nurses in the UK and at least 154,000 more are available in Hong Kong for household service workers, according to a Manila labour official, citing alternatives to overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) affected by the "total deployment ban" in Kuwait.
The official urged would-be applicants to also try their luck in other countries — citing verified job offers from Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the US, among others.
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Hospitals offer big bonuses, free housing and tuition to recruit nurses
Five-figure signing bonuses, free housing, college tuition for employees and their children.Hospitals and other medical facilities are getting so desperate to recruit and retain nurses they're offering all sorts of pricey perks and incentives.
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Providing timely quality care after-hours: Perceptions of a hospital model of care
Collegian, Articles in press, March 2018
Nurses working night shift are key-players in the acute care team, however, their work environment has been characterised by suboptimal leadership, communication inadequacies, limited resources, and a lack of adequate support.
The aim of this study was to investigate nurses’ perceptions of the Hospital at Night Team, a nursing model of care implemented to provide timely quality nursing care after-hours.
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Characteristics of an effective nursing clinical instructor: The state of the science.  Collier AD.  J Clin Nurs. 2018;27:363–374.
Aims and objectives
To analyse the perceived characteristics of an effective nursing clinical instructor and methods for measure instructor effectiveness. This review also examined importance of characteristics based on student age.
The clinical instructor has a vital role in clinical education. While the role may be well defined, the characteristics these instructors need to do their jobs effectively are not.
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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 13 March 2018

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