News bulletin no. 67, 24 July 2011

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No. 67 – 24 August 2011 

From NZ media this week 

 ‘Ringfencing’ new grad jobs sought in readiness for large cohort

Chief nurse Jane O’Malley is calling for a shift to the “ringfencing” of graduate jobs in readiness for a record cohort of graduates in 2012.

Study finds IM anatomy skills lacking

Many nursing students’ don’t know where to safely perform risky gluteal intramuscular (IM) injections, according to a recent New Zealand study 

New ‘practice assistant’ role to be piloted

Piloting a new education package and role for practice assistants in general practices will be welcomed, says College of Primary Health Care Nurses chair Rosemary Minto. 

Building a mental health nurse framework brick by brick

The College of Mental Health Nurses’ planned mental health nurses framework for accreditation, credentialing and certification is a step closer. Kickstarting the framework will be an innovation project to upskill and credential primary health nurses wit 


Health Minister Tony Ryall has indicated he is happy for after-hours medical care to be provided by phoning a nurse 

4000-beneficiaries-have-drug-addictionsSubstance abusers receiving benefit payments could be the next targets of the Government's welfare reforms 

Stop supporting voluntary student membership, nurses urge

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is urging the Government to stop supporting the ACT Party’s Bill that would end universal membership of students’ associations. 


MidCentral Health has changed the way it handles women in premature labour after a baby died in the emergency department at Palmerston North Hospital. 


A Pacific health trust that got more than $700,000 in public funding serviced only a small group - including staff and their families. 

Books on Prescription for library

The town is one of the first in New Zealand to offer the new Books on Prescription scheme, to be launched at Wanaka Library on Thursday. Southern Public Health health promotion officer Sarah Berger said the scheme would be introduced in other Central Otago libraries.


The health service has been scammed for $35 million over the past two years. 


The number of earthquake-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases among Cantabrians was much lower than expected, the president of the New Zealand Psychological Society said yesterday. 


Clinicians should avoid "retraumatising" frontline workers and children in disaster zones, psychologists studying the Christchurch earthquakes say. 

Alcohol programme's a winner
It's as simple as ABC, yet it has been recognised as the best of the best in the inaugural Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards.

From international media sources 

'Nurse navigators' guide patients through complicated care system
Dedicated to helping patients go through a sometimes extremely complicated healthcare system, a new breed of "nurse navigators" aims to guide cancer patients through explanations, scheduling, information, advice and support. 

Nurses Spearheading Innovative Hospice and Palliative Care Programs
Birth-life-death: the circle of life. While nurses continually find ways to improve care at all stages of life, death remains a taboo topic. Yet nurses strive to improve dying patients’ experiences through innovative programs, education about options and streamlining operations. 

RCN warns about contact dermatitis from hand washing Dermatitis cases among nurses have become increasingly common because health workers are forced to repeatedly wash their hands to prevent the spread of infection, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. 

NHS adopts universal clinical termsThe Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care has approved the use of SNOMED clinical terms by healthcare workers in an attempt to ensure better patient safety.  

Defining the Non-Technical Skills Required by Scrub NursesIn their article, published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, Lucy Mitchell and colleagues investigated and identified the essential non-technical skills (cognitive and social) required for the safe and effective performance of operating theatre scrub nurses. 

New Initiative to Keep Healthcare Workers Safe in Conflict ZonesHealthcare workers looking after people in conflict zones are often also the victims of intimidation and violence, according to reports from individuals who have worked in such areas. The International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC) first-ever report into violence against healthcare workers in armed conflicts was released last week, and it details the impact of such events and the importance of addressing them 

Why Training Nurse Leaders Matters The last thing most hospitals want to do in a time of financial uncertainty is spend money on training and development. We know, however, that poor managers harm retention and productivity and we know that many nurse leaders feel unprepared to manage through the strategic change their organizations need. 

Anger following attack on chief nurse roleNurses are demanding the role of chief nursing officer for England – the most senior representative of the profession – is protected after it emerged it faces being scrapped or “diluted” by the government 

Patient deaths put hospital nurse staffing ratios under a microscope
After reports that two patient deaths were linked to low nurse staffing levels at Carlisle Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania, questions have been raised about hospital cuts to nurses' jobs, as well as possible state-mandated staff ratios. 

A tug in the right directionRobots provide helping “hands” to RNsThroughout the country, many nurses are receiving a helping hand from Tug robots, which deliver medications, linens, supplies and meals and remove trash and dining trays. Geisinger Medical Center's (Danville, Pa.) various departments use a Tug robot to transport supplies to units. The hospital has taken a unique approach to Tug management, hiring licensed vocational nurses as unit Tug concierges. 

Nursing's Catch-22: The positives of med-error reporting overshadowed by the repercussions to RNs
As a preponderance of evidence shows the harm to patients from medical errors and the need to shed light on how and why such errors occur, hospitals are trying to shift from punishing individuals for honest mistakes to using error reports as evidence to change systems. 

How Value-Based Purchasing is Changing Nursing
The advent of value-based purchasing has thrown everyone into a mad scramble. You can't stand in a group of nurse executives without hearing someone ask about how others are improving their patient satisfaction or sharing notes about HCAHPS scores.  

Public health 
Measles outbreak continues to spread
A measles outbreak which has infected more than 120 people in the upper North Island is continuing to spread. 

Medics puzzled by rare case of German measlesMystery surrounds how a Northland man caught rubella - the disease also known as German measles that can have disastrous consequences for pregnant women. 

Maori immunisation rate up

The rate of immunisation for Maori children in the Bay of Plenty is up, surpassing the high government standards set 

146 hurt just getting out of bed each week
New Zealanders are terrible at getting out of bed, according to ACC figures showing that each week 146 people injure themselves simply getting up in the morning. 

NZ's female youth suicide rate highest in OECDNew Zealand's female youth suicide rate is higher than any other OECD country. 

Teen's plea: talk about it
NZ females top suicide stats Figures reveal young women in New Zealand have the highest rate of suicide in the developed world. 

Depression site a hit
Nearly 18,000 people suffering from depression have registered for an online programme fronted by former All Black John Kirwan.


The rate of new cases of HIV and Aids is on the rise in New Zealand, even though there have been advances in treatment 

Researchers’ video urges all New Zealanders to act on obesityA video putting the spotlight on the looming health crisis threatened by our growing obesity epidemic, and how to avert it, is being launched by University of Otago researchers. 


Controversial alcohol legislation will be back before Parliament next week but is unlikely to be passed before the general election in November.  

Computing and social media 

Twitter Explained
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers." 

Reports and publications online 

Whānau Ora: Transforming our futures

Date of publication (online): August 2011Summary of publicationThis booklet looks at Whānau Ora - an approach that empowers New Zealand whānau to transform their futures by taking control of their lives.

Introduced in 2010, Whānau Ora is driven by a focus on outcomes: that whānau will be self-managing, living healthy lifestyles, participating fully in society, economically secure, successfully involved in wealth creation, cohesive, resilient and nurturing.
Perhaps the biggest immediate difference is that services, providers and agencies are required to work differently to centre their focus on whānau.
Although the implementation of Whānau Ora is still in its early stages, many thousands of people are already working tirelessly to ensure its success.
Whānau Ora: Transforming our futures is dedicated to these people - whānau and service providers alike, whose hard work, enthusiasm and dedication are creating exciting opportunities to improve the lives of New Zealand families. 

Whānau yesterday, today, tomorrow - now available
(2011, 4 August). Wellington: Families Commission.
 Draws on Māori knowledge, cultural practices and methods to research stories of whānau success. Informed by the integrated nature of Māori knowledge, this paper addresses social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of whānau development. 

Articles of interest 

Dismantling Nursing's Catch-22 The potential positives of med-error reporting often are overshadowed by the repercussions to nurses
Victoria L. Rich, RN, PhD, FAAN, chief nurse executive at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and an associate professor at the school of nursing there, recalls working at a hospital in the 1980s where a nurse who made three medication errors in one year automatically was fired. In such a fearful environment, few nurses wanted to report errors, Rich said, referring to those days as "the dark ages."

What have we learnt: aged care provider learning’s on responding to the February earthquake in Canterbury
Canterbury District Health Board provided funding for Eldernet to commission Dr Sue Carswell to conduct and compile the research. The first part of independent research into what services supporting vulnerable people have learned from the September and February earthquakes was announced recently. 

Dissolving clique behavior

Nursing Management: August 2011 - Volume 42 - Issue 8 - p 32–37When you hear the word clique, you might automatically think of childhood. Consider the popular children's game musical chairs, where there's a seat for everyone, except one. The theme is exclusion. And cliques are all about exclusion. 

Online resources 
Guidance on the management of type 2 diabetes (2011)
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic
Resource Type: Evidence-based guideline
Author: NZGG
Published: June 2011 This guidance document includes clinical risk charts and algorithms for three priority areas in the management of type 2 diabetes.
• Earlier identification of patients at high risk of diabetes-related complications
• Better management of raised blood pressure and microalbuminuria
• Improved glycaemic control (including insulin initiation in primary care) 

New publications 
Clinical Nursing Procedures
Dougherty, Lisa: 8e 2011Wiley ISBN 978-1-4443-3509-5 rrp $88.00
“Clinical skills procedures are a fundamental aspect of patient-centred nursing care. The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, Professional Edition provides up-to-date, evidence-based clinical skills procedures related to every aspect of a person's care. Procedure guidelines are based on an appraisal of the latest research findings and advice from clinical experts, to enable students and qualified nurses to provide the best possible care.”  

Conferences, hui and professional development 

Smoking Cessation Course – Auckland New Zealand
his two part course is for anyone who would like to help members of the Pacific community stop smoking. There are no fees and it is endorsed by the Heart Foundation. Read more about this course at this
link or go to thewebsite for more information 

5th International Nursing Management Conference
November 17, 2011 - November 19, 2011
Antalya, Turkey 

15th Annual Australasian Nurse Educators Conference
November 23, 2011 - November 25, 2011
Hamilton, New Zealand

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 3 August 2011If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email

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