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No. 423, Wednesday 21 November 2018

Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally


Filipino nurse leader appointed to Nursing Council
The first Filipino nurse has been appointed to the Nursing Council of New Zealand reflecting the growing number of Philippine-trained nurses in the Kiwi nursing workforce.
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Local nurse named ‘neonatal nurse of the year’ - CCDHB
Wellington neonatal nurse practitioner Paula Dellabarca (image attached) has spent her career helping some of the region’s smallest and most vulnerable patients and their families.
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'They have no bloody idea': Nursing call centre slammed
Without the district nursing system, Mike and Marjorie Beath literally cannot live their lives.
However, recent disruptions to the service mean the Mosgiel couple have sometimes been left stranded without the help they need.
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Opinion: Jenny Carryer – why do nurses feel undervalued? Let me count the ways…
In a year where nursing grievances made headlines, Professor Jenny Carryer reflects on the long and ongoing struggle for nursing to be heard.
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'Need for spirituality to be integrated into the health system'
Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.
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Exclusive: serious concern over preschool checks as conditions not picked-up
One of the country's biggest health initiatives isn't picking up serious problems and could actually widen the rich-poor divide.
When every child in the country turns four they are offered a "before school check" (B4SC).
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Being on marae is a protective factor against dementia - researcher
Pākehā and non-Māori dementia clinicians don't understand the importance of spirituality in how they care for Māori, says a University of Auckland Professor.
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Type 2 diabetes rising in Auckland children
Research from New Zealand shows an increasing number of under-15-year-olds are being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, which used to be considered an adult disease.
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NZMA calls for an immediate ban on boxing
The New Zealand Medical Association strongly supports the World Medical Association’s position on boxing, and in particular the statement that boxing is qualitatively different from other sports because of the injuries it causes, and that it should be banned.
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The antibiotic resistance apocalypse is coming, and New Zealand isn't immune
Medical professionals and patients alike are being urged to think more carefully about their antibiotic use with new drugs failing to keep pace with increasing superbug outbreaks.
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Fears meningococcal 'super-strain' could become dominant
A "super-strain" of meningococcal disease that's claimed six lives this year could become the dominant form in New Zealand if rates follow overseas trends, scientists say.
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Waikato vice-chancellor says plans for rural med school may still go ahead
Plans for a rural school of medicine may have been shut down but it hasn't been ruled out completely,  Waikato University vice-chancellor, Neil Quigley, says.
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Health Minister David Clark says rural health needs more than a new med school training GPs
Health Minister David Clark has responded to criticism levelled against the Government for scrapping plans for a third New Zealand medical school in the Waikato.
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Family planning not so simple as women "denied a choice", doctors say
At first glance it seems like women have a healthy range of options to avoid pregnancy.
There are 10 types of contraception listed on the Family Planning website, including emergency contraception and sterilisation.
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Abortion: Separating the facts from the fiction
Abortion is a polarising issue.
The Government's potential move to take the procedure out of the Crimes Act and treat it as a health issue has sparked debate.
Emotional arguments are coming out from both sides and it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction.
So what is the science behind the claims? We asked medical experts and researchers about commonly held beliefs on abortions.
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Samoa nurses head fends off PM's criticism
The President of the Samoa Nurses Association has defended the nursing profession after strong criticism from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
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Cannabis-savvy nurses help Canadians explore medical marijuana
Following the legalization of recreational marijuana, a growing number of Canadians are looking to experiment with cannabis for its medicinal properties. But with some doctors unwilling to prescribe the once-illicit drug, many patients are seeking clarity in the hazy world of weed by turning to nurses.
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Deciding not to resuscitate: Nurses' and physicians' perspectives
When deciding not to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest, ethical issues arise. Nurses and physicians conflicting perspectives often cause frustration. In a new doctoral thesis from Uppsala University, Mona Pettersson examines clinical and ethical perspectives on "DNR orders" in cancer care.
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Advancing mobile learning in Australian healthcare environments: nursing profession organisation perspectives and leadership challenges
BMC Nursing201817:44
©  The Author(s). 2018
Access to, and use of, mobile or portable devices for learning at point of care within Australian healthcare environments is poorly governed. An absence of clear direction at systems, organisation and individual levels has created a mobile learning paradox, whereby although nurses understand the benefits of seeking and retrieving discipline or patient-related knowledge and information in real-time, mobile learning is not an explicitly sanctioned nursing activity. The purpose of this study was to understand the factors influencing mobile learning policy development from the perspective of professional nursing organisations.
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The Marijuana Guidelines and Nursing
by Maureen Cahill, MSN, RN, APN-CNS, Senior Policy Advisor, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN
P eople have used marijuana (or cannabis) across the globe for more than 5,000 years. The plant grows readily in many climates and can be ingested or smoked, making it easy to use. In 1850, the U.S. Pharmacopeia added cannabis to its formulary. By 1937, however, its use was regulated and largely prohibited. Over the ensuing years, federal regulation has waxed and waned, yet recently, states have taken their own actions (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 2001). Federal restrictions on marijuana have limited research to its potential medical use. Because of that, synthetic forms have been studied for the prevention or treatment of nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy (Badowski, 2017). Many nurses have experience with those agents, but other use in medical conditions has occurred largely through experimentation and anecdotal evidence (Kinsey, Ramesh, 2016). By and large, very little has been published that serves as a guide to caring for patients that use cannabis.
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Infection Prevention & Control and Management of Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)
Guidelines for Healthcare Providers in New Zealand Acute and Residential Care Facilities
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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 November 2018

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