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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 494 Wednesday 13 May 2020
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Nurses join the profession to help their community, but in recent weeks they have been serving in ways they might not have thought possible, WellSouth director of nursing Wendy Findlay says.
Nurses globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand are at the forefront of care this year as we celebrate the International year of the Nurse. It’s International Nurses Day on Tuesday 12 May and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, whose influence on modern nursing will always be remembered.
"Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Chris Mckenna had already signed the DHB up to an internationally accredited professional development ...
Improving the health and wellbeing of a whole community, reducing inequities and preventing disease outbreaks was not an area of nursing accomplished Public Health Nurse Manager Liz Read knew existed until a placement with Palmerston North’s public health unit during nursing training.
Central Hawke's Bay resident and Red Cross nurse Andrew Cameron is circulating a petition to award frontline health professionals the New Zealand ...
Inside, at the Calder Health Centre, things are being done a little differently to ensure the most vulnerable Aucklanders are still able to access healthcare.
To mark International Nurses Day — Tuesday, May 12 — Stuff visited the clinic to see how it has adapted to the coronavirus crisis.
Nurses sent to help at a rest home hit by Covid-19 also worked hospital shifts - raising further questions about precautions to stop spread of the deadly virus.
Acting associate professional services manager of the NZNO, Kate Weston, says, “Despite concerns raised by the NZ Nurses' Organisation when the ...
Director General of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay confirmed the news today. The nurse was amongst close contacts of another confirmed case ...
The Waitakere Hospital nurse seriously ill in North Shore Hospital from ... against requests from the NZ Nurses Organisation that they maintain ward ...
North Shore Hospital nurses claim that DHB management instructed them to ... However, New Zealand Resident Doctors Association president Dr ...
It comes after another nurse at Waitakere Hospital has tested positive for ... Nurses told Newshub they'd specifically requested for this to not happen
A stocktake in the Health Ministry's handling of personal protective equipment has found initial teething issues have now been resolved, Health Minister David Clark said today.
Practice may not make perfect, but the Southern District Health Board believes where Covid-19 is concerned it definitely means improvement.
A practice nurse of 10 years, Nicholas works at The Doctors in Napier and is one of ... staff working at Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) across New Zealand. ... Coronavirus: Wellington nurse tests positive for Covid-19
A retired nurse says she was appalled and shocked when she saw plastic sheeting set up as protection for staff at Grey Base Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.
Health workers are concerned for their safety with the number of people delivered to an emergency department for mental health care by police having nearly tripled in five years.
Incidents of violence and assaults are common and have been building over the past few years, says New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesman ...
Professionals within the CDHB are anticipating the return of 135 Ara Institute and UC nursing students nurses and midwives to clinical practice placements on May the 12th 2020. 26 ‘Competency Assessment Programme (CAP)’ students will also be starting their 6-week clinical placements in mid-July. The re-commencement of student placements means that the Board’s ‘pipeline’ of qualified staff will be continue to be replenished after the COVID-19 hiatus.
The lack of support from hospital leadership is more dangerous for nurses working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic than the virus itself, a nurse wrote in an opinion piece for STAT News.
The body representing NHS employers will no longer describe nursing students helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic as “aspirant nurses” after leaders in the nursing profession stated that the title was confusing and risked undermining the status of registered nurses. The title was being used to, “refer to third-year students who have opted to extend their final work placement and provide vital support to registered nurses,” during COVID-19.
AGING AND AGED CARE
Health officials have launched a new Covid-19 screening survey for rest home residents, expected to trigger more testing of new, returning or discharged residents.
District Health Boards are to get an extra $3.92 billion over four years and a one-off $282.5m to catch up on elective surgery after the Covid-19 disruption.
ANALYSIS: The Government has come riding to the rescue of the beleaguered district health boards with a $3.9 billion rescue package.
The government is going to give pharmaceutical funding a $160 million boost over the next four years.
The government is investing an extra $202 million over the next four years to strengthen family and sexual violence services.
Events with extreme temperatures and humidity are occurring twice as often now as they were 40 years ago
A digital contact tracing system poses the risk of discrimination against Māori, a technologist says.
The government will tip over $250,000 into funding an urgent trial of a merino-wool armband that automatically takes the wearer’s temperature every six minutes - and is touted by its inventors as a key tool for containing Covid-19
New Zealanders can be confident our COVID-19 testing capability and planning is up to the task of detecting and quickly containing the disease if it re-emerges when we move down alert levels and begin moving outside our bubbles, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says.
Newsroom Investigations editor Melanie Reid, with reporter Bonnie Sumner, outline the growing Covid-19 infections arising from practices at Waitakere Hospital and how authorities repeatedly tried to downplay concerns and fall back on standard procedures.
A doctors' union fears the Waitematā District Health Board is covering up mistakes that led to seven of its staff contracting Covid-19.
Auckland is at greater risk from the coronavirus flare-up than the rest of the country, a leading Covid-19 data modeller says.
The country's largest public health team has revealed it would take an entire day for it to dig Covid-19 case information from its systems that other regional teams were able to provide within hours.
A group of Kiwi public health experts have repeated calls for "mass masking" amid the Covid-19 pandemic – this time setting out the benefits for people riding on buses or crossing the border.
Had the bid to eradicate Covid-19 failed, New Zealand may have had 2700 to 4000 people requiring a ventilator.
Health care workers are experiencing an “almost post-traumatic stress” after feeling terrified in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, a leading anaesthetist says
Counties Manukau District Health Board is in talks with ACC to recover costs associated with treating the victims of the 2019 Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption.
The West Coast District Health Board (DHB) has gone further into the red this month to fund its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wairarapa people's health needs are not being met and the hospital in Masterton could see services go in a potential shake-up, according to a recent report.
EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE
Plummeting patient numbers and coronavirus uncertainty have urgent care clinics concerned about keeping their doors open.
Hospice New Zealand has applied for an urgent court hearing on whether it can conscientiously object to assisted dying
A forecasted surge in suicide rates due to the impacts of COVID-19, its associated restrictions and their secondary social, economic and personal consequences is not inevitable according to the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Associate Professor John Allan. Read more
New Zealand’s electronic prescription standards are set to change to cope with an expected long term rise in the number of virtual consultations.
Another outbreak of measles is feared because of delays in child vaccination programmes, according to the director of the immunisation advisory centre.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Amy Witkoski Stimpfel and Victoria Vaughan Dickson
Western Journal of Nursing Research 0 10.1177/0193945919893319
The greying of America is a well-known phenomenon. The Baby Boomer generation, born 1946–1964, is rapidly turning 65 years; the entire generation will be 65 years or older by the end of the next decade. The nursing profession is no exception to the aging phenomenon, 50 years is the average age of a nurse in the United States. While Baby Boomers comprise a large portion of the profession, Millennials, born 1980–1994, have shown sharp growth within the past 10 years (Auerbach, Beurhaus, Skinner, & Staiger, n.d.). Characteristics vary across generations regarding values, lifestyles, and work preferences. Millennials strive to find meaning in their work, and will change employers in search of purpose and fulfillment. In contrast, Baby Boomers’ work characteristics include being loyal and hardworking, and believing in “paying their dues” before moving up in an organization.
Nurs Forum. 2020; 55: 4‐ 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12375
This article provides broad definitions of the concepts of policy, politics, and power, which will be developed further in subsequent articles. The article describes the critical role of nurses in health policy formation at local, organizational, and national levels and outlines the unique strengths and sources of influence that nurses possess and must employ if health care in the United States is to become safer, more accessible, holistic, and more affordable. Many of these same talents can be used at international levels to affect health care worldwide. The basic premise of this article—and actually of the entire issue—is this: When informed nurses are actively involved in shaping healthcare policy at any level, desired outcomes will be substantially improved.
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume 107, July 2020, 103580
Compassion is integral to professional nursing practice worldwide and a fundamental value in healthcare. Following serious care failures at a healthcare provider in the United Kingdom, a government commissioned report (the Francis Report) made several recommendations for strengthening compassion in nursing care and consequently ‘intentional rounding’ was incorporated into nursing practice in the United Kingdom. Intentional rounding is a structured process implemented primarily in the United Kingdom, North America and Australia, whereby nurses conduct 1–2 hourly checks on every patient using a standardised protocol and documentation.
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