News bulletin 5 June 2019

on 5 June

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No. 447, Wednesday 5 June 2019


New Wānaka district nurse to focus on palliative care

The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust (UCHT) announced they have funded Dunstan Hospital to staff a permanent half-time nurse who will support patients ...

New student programme well underway for future Maori healthcare leaders

There are so many great career options in healthcare that a lot of people don’t always see.

But thanks to Waikato DHB’s Te Puna Oranga (Māori Health Service) over 100 high school students years 11, 12 and 13 will get the chance with a new Te Tomokanga (Māori Gateway) programme that’s well underway to help inspire and widen their eyes to the incredible world of health.


Christchurch Hospital intensive care unit full five times in three months, with more squeeze to come

Five times in the past three months there have been more patients than beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Christchurch Hospital.

Dialysis patients in Auckland may be treated in the middle of the night as centres struggle to cope

Life-saving dialysis centres are at "full capacity" as senior doctors warn more patients need in-centre dialysis.


New Zealand Tertiary College launches Dementia Care program

The number of people affected by dementia in New Zealand continues to grow and the people tasked with caring for them need the latest knowledge, skills and abilities to support in this specialised area.


Thousands of Kiwi kids are learning to prevent injuries and hospital admissions

Every week more than 135 children are hospitalised in New Zealand for a range of unintentional injuries – of which more than half are due to falls.


Christchurch terror attack sparks rethink on mental health backup for emergency services

A shelved scheme to have mental health workers attend crisis calls with emergency services could be back on in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks.

Lifting the lid on discrimination in geriatric mental health

Following the finding that there are a lack of mental health services for older people, a survey has been launched to investigate discrimination in geriatric mental health.

Mental health reform: Government to boost funding, re-write re-write laws relating to compulsory treatment laws

The Government will "significantly" increase access to publicly-funded mental health and addiction services and will establish a mental health commission.

Government accepts 38 of 40 recommendations from mental health inquiry report

The government has released its long-awaited response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry report.

Mental health workers for GP clinics - but where will they come from?

Mental health workers will be put in GP clinics as part of a service to treat 325,000 Kiwis every year - but there are warnings the current workforce could need to nearly triple.


New research suggests sugar taxes and labelling are effective

Taxes on sugary products and labels on the front of packages can help reduce sugar consumption, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.


Three deaths from flu in New Zealand this season - what makes it a killer

It's often your own fingers responsible for giving you the flu

If your fingers have touched something a sick person has sneezed or coughed on, chances are - inadvertently - your fingers will end up near your nose, eyes or mouth at some point before you wash them thoroughly.


Two Samoa nurses plead guilty to manslaughter over baby deaths

Two nurses in Samoa, facing charges over the deaths of two babies, have pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


10 tips to effective mentorship

Mentoring has proven to be a successful way of facilitating the professional growth and development of recently graduated nurses and other nurses transitioning to a new role.

Create a workplace where everyone feels comfortable speaking up

It’s important for employees to express concern when they see something disturbing. Here’s how to make everyone understand that their voice is valued.

Prevent Compassion Fatigue and Burnout With a Magnet Culture

Graystone, Rebecca, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 5 - p 231–233

Compassion fatigue and burnout are 2 of the most serious issues facing the nursing profession today. Both can lead to emotional exhaustion and job disillusionment. Both contribute to lowered productivity and quality of care. Healthcare providers around the world are on the lookout for ways to prevent and mitigate these critical issues. In this month's Magnet Perspectives column, we take a deep dive into the latest research on nurse burnout and compassion fatigue, examine contributing factors, and consider steps organizations can take to make sure their nurses are not running on empty. We also explore how the fundamentals of a Magnet® culture, especially an autonomous practice environment, strong nursing leadership, and meaningful recognition, can keep nurses engaged and build a resilient workforce

Describing Nurse Manager Role Preparation and Competency

Findings From a National Study

Warshawsky, Nora, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Cramer, Emily, PhD

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 5 - p 249–255

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the role preparation and competency development of nurse managers.

BACKGROUND Approximately 70 000 nurses are retiring annually. This represents a significant loss of nursing leadership wisdom. Few systematic studies of nurse manager role preparation and competency development have been conducted.


Selected Cancers 2015, 2016, 2017


These tables present registration data for 10 selected cancers in New Zealand for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Numbers and rates of cancer registrations are presented by ethnic group, age group and sex.

Data is sourced from the New Zealand Cancer Registry. In this edition, data for 2015 and 2016 was extracted and recalculated to reflect ongoing updates to data in the New Zealand Cancer Registry. For this reason numbers and rates may differ from those presented in previous cancer publications and tables. Data for 2017 is provisional and subject to change.

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 4 June 2019

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