News bulletin 7 Sept 2011

on 7 September

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News UpdateNo. 69 – 7 September 2011 

 From NZ media this week 

Ground breaking training for rural GPs and nurses
Health Minister Tony Ryall and Education Minister Anne Tolley have launched a partnership with the Universities of Auckland and Otago that will train more doctors and nurses and other health professionals at Gisborne and Whakatane Hospitals. 

Healthy injection
A PARTNERSHIP with Otago University will see 168 student doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and physiotherapists training with Tairawhiti District Health over the next three years. 

OECD-leading growth in income gap worsening social ills

If New Zealand narrowed its income gap between its highest and lowest earners to that of the most equal countries in the OECD, it could help to substantially reduce social problems, including more than halving the incidence of mental illness and ... 

Health board forced to reveal assault figuresHealth authorities have ordered a major overhaul of how assaults on mental health workers are recorded after a Herald on… 

Flawed records of staff assaults
Who goes to work to get beaten up? In a small corner of our health system, 120 people prepare for exactly this possibility… 


Frustrated medics have joined police in a campaign to stop the violence and abuse they suffer at work. 

'Hot desks' give better access to patients
Two "clinical hot desks" are set to open in Tararua, making it easier for medical professionals to get to patients. 

GPs cautioned on using evidence-based medicine in isolation
GPs received a cautionary message today of the importance of not relying on evidence-based medicine in isolation. In two keynote addresses at the 2011 Conference for General Practice being held in Auckland, doctors were cautioned that evidence-based medicine ... 

Medical charges trimmed for many
After-hours medical charges fall by 40 per cent on average from today for nearly half of Aucklanders. 

Christchurch trust wins major Maori Public Health award
Christchurch’s Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust is this year’s winner of the Public Health Association’s Tu Rangatira Mo Te Ora award. 

End-of-life care planning guide released

All health professionals should include advanced care planning about end-of-life-care as part of their role, says the first ACP guide for New Zealand health professionals 

Nurse affair raises ethics issues

Nursing ethics are in the spotlight after a nurse was cleared of professional misconduct despite admitting she had an affair with the husband of a lung cancer patient.  

NZ media – Children and Young people 

Brown poverty 'a timebomb'
A child advocate says New Zealand is sitting on a Polynesian timebomb if it does nothing about Maori and Pacific poverty levels. 

Tamariki Ora – Children know what’s best for children
The Public Health Association’s annual Conference was told today that health professionals need to listen to children and young people – and integrate their views into health planning and service delivery 

Māori children fall further behind with respiratory health
The gap between Māori and non-Māori asthma has widened, and the recession has contributed to more hospital admissions for respiratory diseases in children, it was announced at the New Zealand Respiratory Conference today. 

Some hope in grim report on child health status
A slight tapering off in the previously steep increase in hospital admissions of children with poverty-sensitive diseases is one glimmer of hope in the 2011 Children’s Social Health Monitor update. 

NZ media – Aged care 


The death of a woman after rest home staff ignored instructions not to let her get dehydrated was the result of "a disturbing culture of non-compliance", a coroner says.  

NZ media – mental health 


National suicide statistics released this month allowed suicide prevention workers to be more proactive in the community, an Otago-Southland suicide prevention co-ordinator says 


Anti-depressants can cause worse long-term health effects, and may have an adverse effect on suicide rates in youth, says an award-winning American medical journalist in Nelson this week. 


TV soap linked to suicide bids

Researchers have found a link between an overdose on Shortland Street and the method used by young people who tried to… 

No mass teen suicide pact - DHB

Wairarapa health agencies are working to dispel rumours of a youth suicide pact after the deaths of four teenagers plunged the community into a 'climate of chaos and trauma'. 


Lessons from an 18-month-long youth suicide cluster in Kawerau can be applied to recent teen deaths in Masterton, the head of the Mental Health Foundation says.


Fi Szpetnar-Perez is glad to take the message of suicide prevention to "forgotten" South Taranaki this weekend. Events to mark World Suicide Prevention Day have previously been held in New Plymouth, but the 2011 gathering will be held in Hawera's Town Square on Saturday.  

From international media sources 
Demand for nursing places outstrips supply
More than 15,000 students have been accepted on to nursing courses this year as the profession proved the most popular university course for the second year running. 

After shock
New policies address workplace violence 

Improving the Physician–Nurse Dynamic
Can doctors and nurses learn to get along well enough to collaborate? Can they truly be partners in providing excellent patient care? 

Nurses on Front Lines for Preventing Teen Suicide
 Faced with a stressful world, teens often feel overwhelmed and depressed and then consider ending their lives. Thousands of them die annually, making suicide the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many more youngsters attempt to take their lives but do not succeed. Nurses are making a difference with active prevention strategies. 

Exclusive: NHS nurses suffer more than 8,800 serious industrial injuries in three years
More than 8,800 serious industrial injuries to nurses, midwives, and healthcare assistants have been reported at NHS organisations over the past three years, figures released exclusively to Nursing Times show. 

State to hire 900 extra nurses
NINE hundred new nurses will be pumped into the New South Wales health system as part of an "unprecedented spend" in the State Budget, the Government says 

New English standard for nurses and midwives
Australia will have a new English language skills registration standard for nurses and midwives from September 19. 

Nurse Staffing Costs Must Be Weighed Against Cost of Errors When revenues fall, hospitals stop investing in the biggest budget expense: nurses. That's a bad short-term solution to a long-term problem. It's time we change the way we think about hospital staffing.  

Public health 

Government not tackling climate change management - Academic

The Public Health Association (PHA) annual conference at Lincoln University was told today that developing strategies to manage climate change is one of the most critical issues faced by New Zealand’s public health professionals. 

Asthma Foundation: It’s all about the people

The two-day New Zealand Respiratory Conference, which starts in Wellington tomorrow, is about improving the lives of the nearly 1 million New Zealanders with respiratory conditions, says the Chief Executive of the Asthma Foundation, Angela Francis 

Websites of interest 
Nursing Conferences Worldwide
Upcoming events in Nursing Science and related fields 

Articles of interest 
Engaging Patients in Dialogue: A Partnership"
Communicating clearly with patients is a cornerstone to providing safe, quality and effective care," remarked Fé Ermitaño, RN, BSN, project manager for the patient experience at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) in Seattle. "We aim to provide patient-centered care, so I tell the nurses that we are to engage our patients in a partnership and a dialogue and that we should be a conduit through which patients can bring their concerns." 

Communication Skills: Moving Beyond the BasicsThe act of communicating a piece of information is not considered complete until the receiver has understood the message. Yet, how often do messages inadvertently get misconstrued by the receiver, through verbal or nonverbal confusions in the communication process?  

From the Ministry of Health 

The Prevention of Legionellosis in New ZealandGuidelines for the Control of Legionella Bacteria
Date of publication (online): August 2011Summary of publicationThis guideline aims to increase awareness about the hazards assocaited with Legionella, improve the management of potential sources of Legionella, and improve the reporting and investigation of cases of legionellosis.

It provides up-to-date information, advice, and guidance for minimising the risk of significant contamination in waters of cooling towers and cold and heated water distribution systems.

It is intended to assist all those concerned with Legionella including public health service providers, territorial local authorities, building owners, air conditioning engineers, employers and others dealing with maintenance of buildings. 

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

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