News bulletin 19 February

on 19 February

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 482 Wednesday 19 February 2020

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



New Wellington campus nursing facility replicates hospital ward

A modern nursing ward that replicates a hospital ward, with bedside equipment including oxygen and call bells, has recently been opened at the University’s Wellington campus.


Plunket logo acknowledges founding Māori midwives

Plunket is aiming to better cater to whānau Māori under its new branding.


Hutt emergency department staff still waiting for report on assaulted colleagues

Hutt Hospital staff are still in the dark weeks after being promised access to a report on the assault of four colleagues.


New Nurse Manager for Wairoa

From Monday 17 February she will be working closely with Centre Manager Sonya Smith and Clinical Lead Dr Margaret Fielding to further strengthen patient safety and enhance staff leadership at the hospital. Read more



Media Update COVID-19, February 15

There continues to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

This afternoon, the Government announced that temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.


Prof Raina MacIntyre - Corona virus / Covid-19 update

Professor Raina McIntyre leads the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.


We're in danger of drowning in a coronavirus 'infodemic'. Here's how we can cut through the noise

The novel coronavirus that has so far killed more than 1,100 people now has a name – COVID-19.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) didn’t want the name to refer to a place, animal or certain group of people and needed something pronounceable and related to the disease



Breakdowns between surgeons impacting patients: CEO

The head of the Southern DHB has admitted that breakdowns between surgeons - including personal attacks -  have impacted on the delivery of care for colonoscopy patients.


Disruption for patients as Wellington Regional Hospital replaces 28km of faulty pipes

Every part of Wellington Regional Hospital will have to shut down over the next six years as more than 28.7km of faulty copper pipes are replaced.

Waitemata DHB moves to grow its Maori workforce

Waitematā DHB is thought to be the first district health board in the country to create a role designed specifically to recruit more Māori into its workforce.



NZ 35th in pandemic preparedness

New Zealand’s poor rating internationally for pandemic readiness is not reassuring, Prof Sir David Skegg says.

Speaking in a question and answer session as a guest at the Dunedin branch of the Green Party’s monthly meeting this week, Prof Skegg said the Global Health Security Index, which ranks countries on their pandemic preparedness, had New Zealand at 35th last year, compared with Australia’s 4th placing.



Canadian researchers find majority who chose euthanasia were receiving palliative care

A new study has dispelled concerns people who choose euthanasia are driven by social or economic vulnerability, researchers say.



To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

A new study estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by travelers passing through just 10 of the world's leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases. And the greater the improvement in people's handwashing habits at airports, the more dramatic the effect on slowing the disease, the researchers found.



Measles outbreak: No new New Zealand cases for only the second time in 11 months

There were no measles cases in New Zealand last week, for just the second time in almost a year. 



Poverty, loneliness behind high rates of suicide among elderly men

A focus on reducing death by suicide among young people is ageist and misleading, an expert in mental health among the elderly says. 



Middlemore doctor slams Government over obesity 'inaction'

Dr David Galler is breaking another patient's untimely demise to loved ones gathered in a Middlemore Hospital waiting room.



UK burns specialist matron flies to New Zealand to care for volcanic eruption patients


Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:27. Lucy Hall responded to NZ government appeal for international help to relieve over-stretched nurses ...


Modernize scope of practice for health-care professionals, researchers say

Around the country, the collective voice of eight directors of health workforce research centers came together to call for a reforming of laws and regulations that limit the practice of health professionals.



To nap or not to nap on night shift?

To nap or not to nap on night shift – does it reduce fatigue? That is the question nurses at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne asked in trialling the effects of scheduled sleeping during night shift.



Patient experience of communication consistency amongst staff is related to nurse–physician teamwork in hospitals. von Knorring, M, Griffiths, P, Ball, J, Runesdotter, S, Lindqvist, R. Nursing Open. 2019; 00: 1– 5.


To investigate whether nurse reported teamwork with physicians was associated with patient perceived consistency in staff‐to‐patient communication.


A cross‐sectional survey design was used, drawing on data collected from two surveys in England.


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 18 February 2020


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