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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 484 Wednesday 4 March 2020         

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


New nursing degree to address need for more Māori health workers

... years, but a new Māori nursing degree in Auckland hopes to change that. ... "All the nurses up there were lovely, but I didn't once see a Māori nurse ...


'Maori Nurses deprioritised by this govt'

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has made some significant announcements this week saying that data shows that Labour has lifted 18,400 children out of poverty since they have been in government and seen across the country rolling out food in schools.


Government rejects pay parity for Māori nurses - NZNO

The government has ignored the Nurses Organisation's call to lift the wages of nurses working for Māori health providers to match those at DHBs, the union says.

First to achieve nurse practitioner status in Women's Health - Waikato DHB

Lauren Moore is the first to achieve nurse practitioner status in Women’s Health at Waikato DHB thanks to her passion for colposcopy and dedication to learning.


Southland Hospital is becoming a 'small but vibrant campus'

More than 35 student doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are now training at Southland Hospital, he said. It's important for different medical 


Brave or naive: Nurse entrepreneur looks back on 30 years in the business of primary care

In 1989, nurse Annette Milligan founded one of the first nurse-led practices to employ GPs. ... “It was a terrific course,” she tells New Zealand Doctor. (Registration may be required)


The young migrant rising quickly through the medical ranks

Chancing his arm with a foreign nursing qualification, Chandu Nair impressed his superiors and built a new future. 

Meet the Kiwi nurse travelling to the other side of the world to recruit medical staff

Demand for doctors in New Zealand is up largely due to an ageing population, but the supply is getting short.  



Claims recycled and expired scabies medication used at south Auckland rest home

Family of residents say staff at a south-Auckland rest home let a scabies outbreak carry on for months, only to treat it expired medication originally meant for someone else.

Coronavirus: Rest homes, retirement villages plead for national aged care response plan

The aged care sector is urgently asking health authorities to coordinate a national response to the coronavirus threat. 

Assessment and management of rest home resident following falls

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home and three of its nurses in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to adequately manage and assess a resident following two falls.



The key to tackling shocking Māori cancer mortality rates

A friendly face, a good listener, and support from someone who knows the system and the culture could be the key to stemming shocking cancer mortality rates for Māori.  


Inside coronavirus isolation: How a buddy system keeps doctors and nurses safe

One person is being treated for Covid-19 at Auckland Hospital and is ... Doctors and nurses treating the patient wear special isolation clothing, ...

Inside an isolation room: Wellington Hospital's infectious diseases department prepares for coronavirus

The first person in New Zealand who has tested positive for coronavirus is being kept in isolation in hospital

They're being treated inside a negative pressure room in Auckland to limit the spread of the disease.

What does coronavirus do to your body?

From mucus-filled lungs and damaged livers to an out-of-control immune system - this is what coronavirus does to different parts of your body.

Efforts to combat the outbreak have been ramping up across the world as the virus' rapid spread continues. It has now infected more than 82,000 people globally and is worrying governments with its rapid spread beyond the epicentre of China.  


Coronavirus: Is NZ facing a repeat of the 1918 flu pandemic?

In 1918, the flu pandemic killed 9000 New Zealanders. Are we facing a repeat with the COVID-19 coronavirus?

The short answer is no. COVID-19 is a different virus, though its attack on the human respiratory system is very similar to that of pandemic influenza. It also spreads in a similar way, through droplet infection from coughs and sneezes, and hand-to-hand transmission from surfaces such as handrails, taps and doorknobs.


Coronavirus: The emergency supplies you should actually have at home

In preparation for an emergency, each New Zealand household should have: at least nine litres of water per person, long-lasting foods, and a supply of any necessary prescription medicines.  


Coronavirus: Scientific hand-washing advice to avoid infection

As the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread, the advice from scientists is that the best way to stop it spreading is thorough hand washing. Read more


Novel Approach Enables Improved Capabilities For Mental Health Research And Evaluation In NZ

A Better Start National Science Challenge researchers, Nicholas Bowden, and co-authors from the Big Data and Resilient Teens research teams have developed a new and useful method for identifying and better understanding mental health and related problems among children and young people in New Zealand.



Community Midwives' big push

As Canadian midwives celebrate a landmark legal decision to end a gender pay gap, the New Zealand College of Midwives are stopping short of a threat to revive their High Court claim here


Improved nurse work environments linked to lower burnout and better patient satisfaction

Healthcare provider burnout is a mounting public health crisis with up to half of all physicians and one in three nurses reporting high burnout, data show. Burnout rates among nurses also correlate with lower patient satisfaction. While both factors are recognized, little is known about how effective interventions in nurse working conditions, managerial support, or resource enhancement can lessen burnout and improve patient satisfaction


'Corridor nursing' becoming norm in packed A&Es, warn medics

'Corridor nursing' becoming norm in packed A&Es, warn medics ... In a survey of 1,174 A&E nurses in the Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) ... Rampant disinformation, partisan news sources and social media's tsunami of fake news ...

Solving the looming nurse shortage

In 2017, 323,122 nurses and midwives were registered and employed in Australia, with an average age of 44.1 years.1 This is a slight increase from 309,076 in 2012; however, an overview report on nurses2 describes a shortfall of 122,846 nurses if nothing is done to influence attrition rates.

Nurses will be trained to perform surgery under radical plan to slash NHS waiting times and tackle ...

Under the proposal, the qualified nurses will be responsible for procedures including the removal of hernias, benign cysts and some skin cancers.


How to be kinder to yourself

People who have greater levels of self-compassion tend to be more motivated, less lazy, and more successful over time. But just as important, they like themselves, even when they fall short. Psychologist Susan David explains how you can cultivate this quality


‘Empathy moments’ in first year nursing and midwifery student curriculum

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand the feelings or ideas of another and to see their experiences as unique without making comparisons to one’s own experience (Rossitor, Scott & Walton 2014).

The articles below are not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access. 

Culturally Congruent Care From the Perspectives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Wehbe-Alamah, H., Hammonds, L. S., & Stanley, D. (2020) Journal of Transcultural Nursing

Introduction: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are three world religions that occupy much of the world stage in health care, journalism, and media. Nurses frequently provide care for representatives of these groups. Culturally competent nurses recognize that there are differences and similarities within and between these religions. Methodology: This article incorporates findings from a scholarly review of the literature and transcultural nursing/health care principles and is guided by Leininger’s Culture Care Diversity and Universality Theory. It discusses the roots from which these religions emerged, and the similarities and differences in religious beliefs and practices as pertained to health care. Conclusion: Nurses and other health care professionals may use knowledge presented in this article to conduct individualized cultural assessments and provide culturally congruent health care to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations. Leininger’s three culture care modes of decisions and actions offer a creative approach to providing meaningful and helpful culturally sensitive care


Development and Evaluation of a Prospective Staffing Model to Improve Retention. Kester, K., Lindsay, M. and Granger, B. (2020), J Nurs Manag. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jonm.12945


To improve predictability and accuracy of hiring using historical staffing data, quality improvement, and workforce engagement.


Twenty‐three percent of newly licensed nurses leave their first job within one‐year, costing employers $52,100 per nurse replacement. Tools for anticipatory hiring strategies are not available in the literature.

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 3 March 2020


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