News bulletin 27 July 2011

on 27 July

From NZ media this week

Legal high ban at mental unit
Mental health patients in a secure hospital unit are getting regularly stoned on synthetic cannabis - forcing health bosses… 

Rural medical practices could lose out on funding
Rural medical practices could lose out on funding with proposed changes to criteria meaning some will lose their "rural status". 

NZ violence among worst in OECD
The Government needs to launch an inquiry into why New Zealand has such high domestic violence and maternal mortality rates compared with other Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) countries, the head of United Nations Women New Zealand says.  

Immediate action must be taken over the country's terrible child abuse rate and discussions over the issue should not delay work, critics say. 

Dunedin Hospital needs changes
Nobody should be in any doubt change is needed at Dunedin Hospital, but it will take a "brave board" to ensure it happens, New Zealand Nurses Organisation organiser Lorraine Lobb says.

Nurse's registration cancelled for lying about sick son
A Te Awamutu nurse has had her registration cancelled after she repeatedly took sick leave by lying about a sick son in hospital 

GP clinics face mistake checkup in health study
A study of patient records aims to shed light on how many people suffer adverse events when they visit their doctor 

Bid to exclude smokers sparks debate
The Hawke's Bay District Health Board has no plans to hire only non-smoking staff. 

Difficulties for Health Boards in Dealing With the Elderly
Difficult relationships with primary health organisations (PHOs), poor home-based services and problems with IT remain key issues for District Health Boards dealing with the country’s growing elderly population 

Primary Health Organisations continue to improve performance against health indicators
The PHO Performance Programme reports twice a year on the performance of individual PHOs against a nationally agreed set of indicators based on health priority areas. The latest information about PHOs’ performance is available at  

From international media sources

Electronic Medical Record Implementation Creates Opportunities for Nurses
Nurses can take advantage of a host of opportunities in electronic medical records, regardless of whether they have a technical background. For instance, nurses who serve as super users are coaches to their colleagues as well as bridges between the clinical and IT worlds. "There are roles for nurses -- in fact it is critical to have their participation -- in creating an EMR that makes logical sense with their workflow and which is user-friendly," said Jan Zachry, vice president of nursing and operations at Scripps Memorial Hospital in California 

New Evidence of Success of California's Patient Staffing Law
California’s patient staffing law has added registered nurses to the hospital staffing mix rather than the feared decrease, further chipping away at naysayers’ concerns about potential unforeseen consequences, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of... 

Nurse Educators Plot Retention Strategies
During the convention of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization, Jobeth Pilcher presented her research on the three most preferred learning methods of nurses: interactive lectures, paper-and-pen self-study and online learning. One of the themes of discussion among nursing leaders at the meeting was professional development as a tool to increase retention amid signs of a looming return of staff shortages and turnover.  

Pay Most Important For NSW Practice Nurses.
Improving pay, improving access to paid time for professional development, and recognition of qualifications are the top three issues important to nurses working in GP practices, according to a survey conducted by the NSWNA. 

Infection Prevention Society publishes standards for nurses
The Infection Prevention Society has published a set of outcome competences for nurses and other practitioners working in infection prevention and control. 

Nurse advocates call for more involvement in reform
 As health reform continues to take shape, industry experts contemplate how much involvement nurses should have in the process 

Health Literacy Affects Individuals' Health
People who have trouble understanding health and medical information are more likely to get hospitalized. Katherine Harmon reports 

Public health


Health experts urge immunisation as Auckland's measles outbreak reaches 76. 


Nelson health practitioners say a large chunk of people may not have been diagnosed with or treated for the "silent epidemic" of hepatitis C. 

Sudden rise in influenza cases
The chilly weather appears to be responsible for a sudden rise in the number of New Zealanders with flu. 

Whooping cough epidemic in Hawke's Bay
The 100-day cough or whooping cough is reaching epidemic numbers in Hawke's Bay - with Hastings, Flaxmere and Waipukurau hardest hit. 

The death of a Porirua infant has sparked renewed warnings about the dangers of babies sharing a bed with their siblings. 

Healthier kids for 20c a day
The price of battling obesity in New Zealand could be just 20c a day per child, according to analysis…

 Health and wellbeing 

The Tuesday programme
 The Tuesday Program is a free short online course designed to increase your skills and resources so you can thrive with life's challenges. It's aimed directly at enabling you to flourish, live with a purpose, utilise your resources better, and to become a little bit happier. This program is a seven week course which covers a new topic each week. Each topic takes around 10 minutes a week, so it's designed to fit into your life. 

Five ways to wellbeing: new applications, new ways of thinking
(2011, July). London: New Economics Foundation.
 The aims of this report include firstly, to develop an increased understanding about the scope and potential of the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a tool to improve population mental health and wellbeing. Secondly, to review how the Five Ways to Wellbeing are currently being used by local and national agencies to help identify future opportunities  

Resources online

The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International
Recruitment of Health Personnel fact sheet
The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel fact sheet, outlining the code's objectives, policy background and guiding principles, is available now on the International Centre on Nurse Migration website. 

Training manual against workplace violence
This new manual has been jointly produced by PSI, the ILO, WHO and ICN. It is the result of continuing work on the joint project to counter workplace violence in the health sector. The Framework Guidelines were agreed three years ago and distributed to all PSI affiliates in the health sector. The training manual has been developed over the last year, including pilot testing in South Africa, and is now ready for use in a health sector training environment. As with all such materials it can be adapted for use in different national settings.

Articles of interest 

The Team Leader Model: an alternative to preceptorship
To improve the clinical practice environment for student nurses through an increased understanding of the relationships and of the situations in which that practice occurs.
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Senior clinical nurses effectively contribute to the pandemic influenza public health response
To describe the experience of engaging senior clinical nurses as surge staff in a pandemic public health response and determine the effect of an on-line training package and exercise participation on these individuals’ perceptions and confidence of being deployed during an influenza pandemic.
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What is psychosocial care and how can nurses better provide it to adult oncology patients
This paper explores psychosocial care; the potential barriers, how nurses provide it, utilise assessment tools and the impact, issues and benefits of providing effective psychosocial care.
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The Anatomy and Physiology of a Continuing Medical Education Article: A Resource Guide for Enhancing Continuing EducationAdvances in Skin & Wound Care: July 2011 - Volume 24 - Issue 7 - pp 312-321PURPOSE: To enhance the clinician's competence in preparing and writing a continuing medical education (CME) article. 

From the Ministry of Health 

Draft Supportive Care Implementation Plan- for sector feedbackThe Ministry of Health published the document Guidance for Improving Supportive Care for Adults with Cancer in New Zealand (the Guidance) in March 2010. The Guidance provides clear objectives and best-practice approaches for all organisations involved in funding, planning, policy and programme development, and delivery of cancer supportive care services.
The Ministry of Health contracted with Health Outcomes International (HOI) in April 2010 to develop a plan to implement the Guidance.
The sector is invited to provide feedback on the draft Implementation Plan prior to completion. Please send your comments to Shona Muir, by 5 August 2011. 

Reports online

 The 2010 Stocktake of Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health/AOD Services Report is now complete and is available for downloading from the Werry Centre website: 
Special thanks go to all DHB & NGO child and adolescent mental health/AOD services that have contributed to the latest report.  The 2010 Stocktake, as well as all previous Stocktake reports are now available on CD and will be mailed out to all services that have participated.  If you would like a copy of the Stocktake CD please contact Jessica McMinn Email:; Tel: 09 369 5703 

For all other Stocktake related queries please contact: Julliet Bir, Project Leader, Email:; Tel: 09 369 7326


Follow Snips on Twitter @SnipsInfo will find us. 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 Wednesday 27 July 2011

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