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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 439, Wednesday 3 April 2019

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


Whānau is everything for four Māori Masters graduates
Four Māori nurses have graduated with Masters degrees from Waikato ... friends, managers and colleagues, Health Workforce New Zealand and the ...

Learning a lifelong journey for Toi Ohomai staff in Rotorua
Proving learning is a lifelong journey, three staff from the Faculty of Education, Health, Nursing and Social Services at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology will graduate next week.

Nurses look taniwha in eye
A nurses' advocate says Māori nurses may be wary of using social media, and other forms of communication need to be available. The use of social ...

'A daily struggle': Tauranga nurse backs up report on resident neglect in aged-care
A Tauranga aged-care nurse says nurses and caregivers are struggling to meet the needs of residents as a result of low staffing levels in the sector.

AIA rolls out nurse-led application assistance programme
Between June 2017 and July 2018, HealthScreen nurses visited 4,150 customers throughout New Zealand. The HealthScreen programme is unique ...

Youth health services provided at school
Pastoral care in schools is increasingly growing and the school health nurse is playing a key role in looking after student health and wellbeing, even ...

Nurse attacked outside Middlemore Hospital speaks out: 'It has really disrupted our lives'
A young nurse who "blacked out" after a violent attack outside Middlemore Hospital says he won't be able to return to work for three months. Jeffry ...

Acute hospital admissions grow despite increased use of GPs - ASMS
Acute hospital admissions are increasing well above the population growth rate despite increased use of general practice (GP) services, says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research for the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).


Conference Aims To Prevent NZ's 'Looming Aged Care Crisis'
A shocking report entitled 'In Safe Hands' is based on 2018 research by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and E tū. It was released in ...


A billion people will be newly exposed to diseases like dengue fever as world temperatures rise
As many as a billion people could be newly exposed to disease-carrying mosquitoes by the end of the century because of global warming, says a new study that examines temperature changes on a monthly basis across the world.


New Chief Executive to lead local DHBs
Fionnagh Dougan is currently the Chief Executive of the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, a role she has held since January 2015, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Waikato Hospital achieves Level 1 Trauma Verification - a first for NZ
Waikato Hospital has been formally recognised as a Level 1 trauma centre, the first in New Zealand. The Level 1 Trauma Verification was approved by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Verification Committee last week.

District health boards to check mass-casualty plans after Christchurch Hospital review of massacre
Public hospitals are reviewing their preparations for mass-casualty events in light of the Christchurch massacre.
Forty-nine people were shot dead at two mosques, while another later died of gunshot wounds after being transported to Christchurch Hospital.


Avoidable deaths and lower life expectancy for Māori and Pacific a travesty, medical experts say
Half of Māori and Pacific deaths in New Zealand have been found to be potentially avoidable - a finding which medical experts say is a national travesty.


Mental health need expected to last years following Christchurch terror attack - GP
People need support, and the mental health recovery will take time.
Thousands of people have been seeking help in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack, and health experts expect demand for mental health services will continue for years to come.


Measles exposure: Auckland DHB following up with 900 people
Hundreds of people who may have been exposed to measles have been contacted by health authorities in Auckland.

NZ's heart-breaker: rheumatic fever rates on the rise
Insight - Every year, up to 200 New Zealanders die from heart damage caused by rheumatic fever - an illness wiped out in many other wealthy countries. And despite a five-year campaign to tackle the disease here, rates are once again on the rise. Philippa Tolley reports.


Samoan nurses' MMR trial delayed until June
There has been a further delay in the trial of two Samoan nurses charged over the deaths of two children last year after receiving MMR immunisations.

Study reveals EHR impact on nursing
In a study that encompassed over 12,000 nurses in the US, over one third of respondents reported that electronic health record (EHR) systems did not help them to work efficiently. 

When tempers flare, nurses' injuries could rise
A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and Portland State University has found that when there's an imbalance in support among nurses at work, tempers flare and risk of injuries can go up.

Nurse academics warned to look out for conference scams
Professor Jennifer Kelly admits to feeling intrigued when an email arrived in her inbox inviting her to be a guest speaker at an international nursing conference being held in Paris this July.

Report: Expand nursing profession to meet 21st century needs
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released Activating Nursing to Address Unmet Need in the 21st Century, a report that says nurses are uniquely positioned to coordinate partnerships and provide patient-centered care and identifies four areas for expanding opportunities for the nursing profession. The recommendations included strengthening core functions of nursing, working at the intersections of other disciplines, aligning nursing education with core functions, and working to create nursing jobs that build trust and relationships and promote community health.
HealthLeaders Media (3/20) 

The value of clinical supervision in nursing and midwifery
Clinical supervision educator, clinical supervisor and mental health nurse Julie Sharrock credits the reflective collaborative practice of clinical supervision as the reason she has been able to maintain a successful clinical career over almost four decades.​

Nurses' work environments affect patient outcomes, study finds
The state of a nurse's work environment can affect nursing care quality, job satisfaction and patient outcomes, according to a study published in Medical Care.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research in Philadelphia conducted the study. They reviewed 16 years' worth of studies to investigate the relationship between nurse work environment and the following factors: nurse job outcomes, nurse assessments of quality and safety, patient health outcomes, and patient satisfaction.


How to develop and increase empathy
Empathetic leaders often display strong emotional intelligence and are better at creating an inclusive workplace

Characteristics of Nurse Directors That Contribute to Registered Nurse Satisfaction
Journal of Nursing Administration. 48(10S):S12-S18, October 2018.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore RNs and nurse directors’ (NDs’) perceptions of leadership on units with high RN satisfaction scores. BACKGROUND: Identifying the characteristics of NDs that contribute to RN satisfaction is important in the recruitment and retention of RNs and in the selection and role development of NDs. METHODS: This study used a qualitative design using appreciative inquiryYguided data collection. RESULTS: Nine RNs and 9 NDs met the inclusion criteria. Each group identified 4 themes. CONCLUSIONS: Registered nurse and ND participants identified similar themes representative of leadership attributes and behaviors that contribute to RN satisfaction.

Renolen, Å, Hjälmhult, E, Høye, S, Danbolt, LJ, Kirkevold, M. Evidence‐based practice integration in hospital wards—The complexities and challenges in achieving evidence‐based practice in clinical nursing. Nursing Open. 2019; 00: 1– 9.
Exploring the processes involved in two different strategies to integrate evidence‐based practice into nursing practice.


Bowel Cancer Quality Improvement Report 2019
Published online: 05 March 2019
The report measures the quality of care and outcomes for people diagnosed and treated for bowel cancer in New Zealand and provides a baseline for ongoing quality improvement.
This publication presents the first results using the Ministry’s National Collections to calculate quality performance indicators for bowel cancer.
The primary audience for this publication includes those who deliver care to people with bowel cancer and manage the delivery of health services.
The report identifies opportunities to drive quality improvement in bowel cancer diagnosis and treatment services leading to better outcomes for people with bowel cancer.

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 2 April 2019


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