News bulletin 2 May 2018

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No. 395, Wednesday 3 May 2018


Study shows nurses face cyberbullying as well
As nurses rally for better pay and working conditions around the country, new research by a Massey University PhD graduate highlights the growing problem of cyberbullying in the sector.
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'Broken' healthcare staff concerned about rise of bullying cases at DHBs
A nurse who says she was 'worked to death' is among the hundreds of medical professionals who are being bullied and harassed in hospitals every year.
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Nurses pay claim can 'absolutely' be resolved - Prime Minister
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's confident the New Zealand nurses' pay claim can "absolutely" be resolved, though strike action could still happen.
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Nurses 'should be getting pay equity', says Minister of Health, but it's 'further down'
Pay equity for nurses is "further down" the list, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.
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More rural nurses a solution?
Nurse practitioners could go a long way to help reverse the declining availability of rural health services in New Zealand, says Dr Sue Adams, a senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Nursing.
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Two new members oust sitting Nursing Council members
Two nurses who campaigned on the professional challenges faced by nurses have been elected and appointed to the Nursing Council.
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Stories shared at Southern Institute of Technology nursing anniversary
A new building, new uniform and new technology, but still the same passion for helping people.
Forty years ago Pat Goodwill was one of the first tutors to teach nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology and she says the quality of care is still strong at the institute.
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Keeping Christchurch nurses safe - what will it take?
In the wake of another attack on a nurse on our city streets, the spotlight is again on safety measures to keep shift-working hospital workers safe. Are we doing enough? Cate Broughton reports.
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Nigel Murray saga: $6500 bill for nursing expert to fly in from Canada
Taxpayers footed a $6540 bill for a Canadian woman whose expenses were later scrutinised during a Waikato District Health Board investigation into its chief executive's spending.
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More Kiwi Children Being Hospitalised with Asthma - Report
Parents are being warned to be more vigilant in managing their children’s asthma with a new report showing increasing numbers of Kiwi children being hospitalised for the disease.
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Deaths preventable if reach of asthma medicines increased
Around the world an estimated 1,000 people a day die of asthma related conditions, with some 340 million affected by this common chronic disease.
In New Zealand more than 521,000 people are taking medicines for asthma one in nine adults and one in seven children. It causes a death here every week.
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Can we eradicate cervical cancer in New Zealand?
OPINION: In many poorly resourced nations, including some of our Pacific Island neighbours, cervical cancer is one of the commonest causes of cancer death in women.
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Bowel screening tests set to hit southern letterboxes
An inflatable bowel took centre stage in Invercargill on Thursday, as the National Bowel Screening Programme was rolled out in the lower south. 
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Blood test trial aims to reduce inequities for M���ori cancer patients
Using a close-to-home blood test to monitor cancer treatment responses for M���ori and rural cancer patients may reduce health inequities, believes the researcher behind the trial.
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Auckland cancer patients sought after for university study
An Auckland psychologist wants to find out if therapy used in the mental health sector can benefit cancer patients.
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More DHB chair turnover but Health Minister says it's not political
The Health Minister expects there to be more turnover of District Health Board chairs but disputes the appointments are political.
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More staff and beds: Middlemore Hospital's $30m winter proposal
As winter approaches, management at Middlemore Hospital are taking a $30 million proposal to its board for more staff, theatre hours and beds.
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Electronic referrals set to be more reliable than paper versions at Waitemata DHB
A new electronic referral system across north and west Auckland should see the end of lost referrals to hospital. 
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Government plants Crown Monitor in embattled Counties Manukau DHB 
The Government has moved to plant its own monitor in the embattled Counties Manukau District Health Board, as the fallout over mouldy and leaking buildings refuses to abate. 
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GoodSAM helps patients in cardiac arrest
Ambulance services activate an app so that registered users with CPR training are alerted when someone nearby needs their help.
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Emergency department admission spikes lead to winter worries
Medical staff at emergency departments around the country have been stretched to their limits after record-high patient admissions over the summer.
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Palliative care specialists reject End of Life Choice bill
The medical specialists tasked with guiding us to death are unwilling to administer euthanasia. 
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Focus needed on community based mental health services
A panel set up to investigate the state of the country's community mental health services has been told there needs to be more focus on community based services.
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Cuts to doctor's fees may be phased in over time
In its election manifesto, Labour promised to cut fees to visit GPs by $10 a visit, on 1 July.
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More Immunisation needed for Maori and Pacifica - NZCPHM
More effort must be made to lift immunisation rates for Maori and Pacific peoples, and other population groups, says the NZ College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM).
NZCPHM has released an updated policy on immunisation and is raising its concerns to mark World Immunisation Awareness Week, an annual World Health Organization event (30 April - 6 May).
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Scientists tackling severe strain as flu season kicks off

ESR scientists say the flu strain (influenza A(H3N2)) associated with an increase in hospitalisation and deaths in the Northern Hemisphere is part of this year’s vaccine in New Zealand.
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Embracing NPs a solution for rural health needs, finds research
Too much time is wasted trying to maintain doctor-led health services in rural communities rather than embracing nurse practitioners, believes nurse researcher Dr Sue Adams.
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Children living in poorest areas three times more likely to die
Children and young people living in the most deprived areas are three times more likely to die in childhood or adolescence than those living in the least deprived areas, a report has found.
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Research demonstrates effects of parental drug addiction
Claims that there is no research on the effects of parental P use on children is not correct.A new article published this week in Kotuitui, the Royal Society’s journal of social sciences, demonstrates the effects of parental P (meth) addiction on grandparent carers and children. 
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Study: 92% of nurses report moderate-to-very high stress levels
Nurses' stress levels and coping mechanisms influence their health, according to a study published in Nursing Research and Practice.
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Brexit blamed as record number of EU nurses give up on Britain
Record numbers of nurses and midwives from EU27 countries quit Britain last year, fuelling fears that a Brexit brain drain will deepen the NHS’s already chronic staffing crisis.
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Fewer dementia patients die after surgery when nurses more educated
(Reuters Health) - Patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia may be less likely to die after surgery when they're treated at hospitals that employ a larger proportion of nurses with at least a college degree, a U.S. study suggests.
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Cox is expanding college to counter nursing shortage
SPRINGFIELD, Mo Hospitals across the nation are battling to find and keep qualified nurses.The average age of a nurse in America is 47 years old, with many baby boomer nurses retiring, it is tough to get enough new nurses to fill those positions.
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The benefits and barriers to nurses attending ward rounds
Why more nurses aren’t active participants in ward rounds raised questions for a group of nursing students. Here they share their literature review findings into the benefits and barriers to nurses attending ward rounds.
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A new coping strategy to combat nursing stress
The statistic alone can cause distress: One third of newly licensed registered nurses leave the field after just two years. And yes, distress-; moral distress, as it was named by ethicist Andrew Jameton-; is a key culprit in the alarming burnout rate, says Professor Cynda Rushton of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
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Nursing schools are rejecting thousands of applicants -- in the middle of a nursing shortage
There's an acute nursing shortage in the United States, but schools are turning away thousands of qualified applicants as they struggle to expand class size and hire more teachers for nursing programs.
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Interventions to prevent and reduce the impact of musculoskeletal injuries among nurses: A systematic review
Amy Richardson Bronwen McNoe Sarah Derrett Helen Harcombe
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume 82, June 2018, Pages 58-67
Musculoskeletal injuries and musculoskeletal pain are prevalent among nurses compared to many other occupational groups.
To identify interventions that may be effective at reducing the prevalence and impact of musculoskeletal injuries and pain in registered nurses.
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Prevention and management of occupational violence and aggression in healthcare: A scoping review
Collegian, Articles in press, April 2018
Workplace violence is prevalent in healthcare, and significant resources have been invested in its prevention and management. Internationally, guidance materials developed by government and non-government bodies advise on the management of workplace violence, yet a dearth of research to support these interventions exists.
To examine the evidence relating to the effectiveness of interventions to prevent and manage workplace violence perpetrated by consumers in healthcare.
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Online learning versus blended learning of clinical supervisee skills with pre-registration nursing students: A randomised controlled trial
Open access - Original research article, Pages 30-39
Karen McCutcheon, Peter O’Halloran, Maria Lohan
The purpose of this study was to test whether undergraduate nursing students who received clinical supervisee skills training via a blended learning approach would score higher in terms of motivation and attitudes towards clinical supervision, knowledge of clinical supervision and satisfaction of learning method, when compared to those students who received an online only teaching approach.
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HISO 10048 Emergency Care Data Standard for public comment
Submissions close 5.00 pm, Friday 15 June 2018.
You are invited to review and comment on SNOMED reference sets for consistent recording of chief presenting complaint, diagnosis and procedure information in emergency care.

The Ministry of Health is moving towards improved recording of emergency department visits by district health boards. As a key part of this, we are introducing standard SNOMED CT reference sets for chief presenting complaint, diagnosis and procedure/investigation concepts in emergency care. 

As our clinical terminology standard, SNOMED enables advanced clinical decision support, interoperability, care coordination and analytics, with benefits for patients, clinicians and the health system.

We invite your comments and suggestions on the three reference sets before they are published. 

We acknowledge the work by emergency medicine specialists at Nelson-Marlborough DHB to develop the reference sets for chief presenting complaint and diagnosis used successfully in the Emergency Department at a Glance information system. The procedure/investigation reference set was also developed by New Zealand emergency care specialists. 
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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 1 May 2018

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