News bulletin 29 August 2018

on 29 August

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No. 412, Wednesday 29 August 2018


Kiwi future nurse leaders off to Geneva

A Kiwi nursing lecturer and a community child health nurse consultant are amongst 26 nurses worldwide selected to attend a global nursing leadership programme in Geneva next month.
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A virtual reality learning first for SIT nursing students at Invercargill
They'll be interacting with a patient, but the patient won't really be there.That's because they will be a hologram, and Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) nursing students in Invercargill will be some of the first in New Zealand to use this technology with holographic patients. 
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New device makes ear examination a breeze
Oamaru ear health nurse Vanessa Gough is delighted to have one of the latest pieces of ear-monitoring equipment on the market.
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Minister questioned over NP research and training
Health Minister Dr David Clark is “absolutely convinced” of the value of growing the nurse practitioner workforce, he told a largely GP audience at a recent conference.
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Cultural practice and clinical practice go 'hand in hand'
In a health district where 23 percent of people identify as Māori (up to 40 percent in the Waitomo district of Waikato), and where health issues and hospitalisation is significantly higher for Māori than for non-Māori, a term like "health inequities" is much more than a trendy phrase.
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Nurse sees nothing but change in 48 years in the medicine game
When Debra Burton started nursing in a hospital at the age of 17 she'd had six weeks of training - learning how to make beds, wash patients and serve food.
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Canterbury DHB accused of ignoring nurses' complaints of sexual harrassment by patients
Canterbury District Health Board is being accused of covering up widespread sexual harassment by patients.
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Staffing woes affect patient care at Dunedin ward
Staffing woes after a controversial merging of surgical wards at Dunedin Hospital resulted in healthcare assistants (HCAs) being asked to watch up to four patients at risk of self-harm at a time, a newly released report says.
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Caregiver shortages loom as immigration changes hit
Christine Bulosan​ left her home and her family six years ago to come to New Zealand to create a better life for her young son.
She left her only child in the Philippines, taking a chance that she would be able to get a good job and earn enough money to pay for his education.
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Psychogeriatric day hospitals not just ‘nice to have’, finds study
Psychogeriatric day hospitals should be more widespread than they currently are, say Canterbury District Health Board experts running the only hospital of its kind in the country.
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‘Give a little, take a little, let our hearts break a little’ – diversity in the aged care workplace
Why do we still struggle with accommodating diversity in the workplace? And what can employers do about it? Professor Edwina Pio talks to Jude Barback about culture and diversity in aged care settings.
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Northland has highest rate of cancer deaths in the country
More staff have been put on the ground in Northland in an attempt to curb the highest cancer mortality rate of any region in New Zealand.
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Waikato Hospital treats 160 children with serious burns in two years
When the cold weather comes, so do the burns cases.
About 160 children with bad burns were brought to Waikato Hospital over the past two years, a baby less than a month old among them.
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Auckland District Health Board apologises for deadly 'unfortunate experiment'
The Auckland District Health Board has finally apologised to survivors of one of the country's worst medical experiments, the "unfortunate experiment".
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Emergency departments overwhelmed by patients, not meeting targets
District Health Boards around the country are struggling more than ever to meet the Ministry of Health's target of getting 95 per cent of patients through emergency departments in six hours.|
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$305m in funding to upgrade Auckland's hospital buildings
Auckland's hospital buildings will be getting a $305 million upgrade.
On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the money would go into upgrading and repairing Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre.
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Unitec and Whitireia need massive government bailouts
Extreme financial difficulties have prompted multi-million-dollar government bailouts for two more polytechnics, Unitec in Auckland and Whitireia in Porirua.
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Ministry of Health renews contract for EHI programme
The College of Health’s Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) programme, led by Professor Barry Borman, has been granted almost $2 million in funding from the Ministry of Health, to continue investigating links between New Zealand’s environment and the health of Kiwis.
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VR helping develop new hospital plans
Dunedin Hospital staff were invited to play video games yesterday - but the virtual reality technology they were trying out has serious medical purposes.
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Middlemore Hospital staff raise concerns over bosses 'relaxed response' to swine flu outbreak
Seven people have contracted swine flu at Middlemore Hospital in the last week with some staff raising concerns over their bosses' "relaxed response".
Four patients and three staff members have presented with the Seasonal Flu (Influenza A) in Tiaho Mai, the hospital's acute adult mental health inpatient unit.
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Uni students demand better mental health support from Government
Students fed-up with mental health services struggling to keep pace with demand have rallied in Wellington for better resourcing at tertiary institutions across the country.
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Depression isn't always visible - here's how you can help
There are many theories about what causes depression - and the truth is, it's likely to be slightly different for everyone who goes through it.
When you're standing on the sidelines, it might not always be possible to know that someone might be suffering silently through it. 
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New Zealand suicide rate highest since records began
The number of people who have taken their own lives in New Zealand is the highest since records began, with 668 dying by suicide in the past year.
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Experts conclude there's no 'safe' level of alcohol consumption after global study
The world's most comprehensive study on alcohol consumption suggests there is no safe level of drinking, with any known health benefits outweighed by the adverse effects alcohol has on the body.
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Nurses will attend hearing on hospital budget to make sure their voices are heard
Nurses from the University of Vermont Medical Center and their "allies" will attend a Green Mountain Care Board public hearing Wednesday on the hospital's budget, presumably to hammer home the notion that the budget should reflect a focus on patient care and staff retention.
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Samoa nurses, charged over babies' deaths, in court
The two nurses in Samoa charged over the deaths of two babies last month on Savaii have made another court appearance.
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Samoa PM says nurses must be well trained
Samoa's Prime Minister has called for nurses to be well trained, in light of last month's deaths of two babies after they received the MMR vaccine.
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Nurses Play Pivotal Role in Improving Patient-Physician Communication
Patients who report higher satisfaction with their physicians’ communication with them also were more likely to receive more efficient care with fewer office visits and better health outcomes at lower costs, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
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Hospital launches course to teach nurses how to read ECGs
A first-of-its-kind course teaching nurses how to read an electrocardiogram (ECG) has been launched to address a “skills gap” and potentially save lives.
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Study examines how nurses understand and deal with racism in healthcare
Few studies have explored health professionals' understanding of racism in healthcare, and how they manage it in practice. A new Journal of Advanced Nursing study examined the issue through five focus group discussions with 31 maternal, child, and family health nurses working across metropolitan South Australia. These clinicians represent the core professional group working with infants and families in the first years of life.
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Short-staffed? Here are 4 lessons on workforce forecasting
Achieving operational efficiency is a constant challenge for workforce managers: how to get as much work done in the shortest amount of time and with the fewest number of workers.
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3 tips for handling mean nurses
Regardless of the career you choose, you are likely to face mean people in the workplace. But in the medical profession the stakes are higher because someone's life or well-being is on the line. In some occupations, if you have a disagreement with someone you can walk away and take ten minutes to collect yourself. As a nurse you don't usually have this option.
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Intuitive Intelligence in Clinical Practice
Intuitive knowing is a quality that is highly regarded by many nurses but with the current focus on evidence-based practice, it’s an ability that is becoming overlooked and undervalued.
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Newly qualified graduate nurses’ experiences of workplace incivility in Australian hospital settings
Mammen, Bindu et al.
Collegian , Volume 0 , Issue 0 ,
Workplace incivility is a well-documented issue of concern known to negatively impact on new graduate nurses’ confidence, which in turn may affect the quality of patient care. However, there is lack of qualitative research that solely focuses on workplace incivility experiences of new graduate registered nurses enrolled in graduate nurse programs.
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Grant J, Guerin PB. Mixed and misunderstandings: An exploration of the meaning of racism with maternal, child, and family health nurses in South Australia. J Adv Nurs. 2018;00:1–9.
The aim of this study was to explore child and family health nurses’ (CaFHNs) understanding of racism.
Despite a growing literature examining racism in health care, few studies have explored health professionals’ understanding of racism and how they manage it in practice.
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Defining and classifying aggression and violence in health care work
Hills, Danny J.Collegian , Volume 0 , Issue 0 ,
The aim of this discussion paper is to provide a pragmatic definition of workplace aggression, based on a contemporary conceptualisation of human aggression, followed by a discussion on key classifications of workplace aggression.
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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 28 August 2018

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