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No. 495 Wednesday 20 May 2020

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


Nursing career a worldly affair

For Wairarapa Hospital Acute Services nurse practitioner Fay Tomlin, nursing ... Coming to New Zealand for a better work/life balance, Tomlin joined ...


Amber Crossan is Waikato's first home-grown nurse endoscopist

Waikato Hospital’s Amber Crossan is one of New Zealand’s first home-grown nurse endoscopists.

Her qualification means she is a clinical nurse specialist in endoscopy - the medical diagnostic technique where a thin tube with a powerful light and tiny camera at the end is inserted into the human body to get an inside view. It is used to investigate and diagnose diseases in a wide range of body parts, including the gut and colon.  


Innovative new post-graduate nursing degree launched - Massey University

Nursing Council of New Zealand data reports there were 54,460 practicing nurses in March 2019, an increase on two years prior. Of that total, only ...


DHB reports violent and aggressive behaviour towards staff

A new report released by the Counties Manukau District Health Board shows violent and aggressive behaviour towards nurses and other health workers remains an ongoing problem.



The backbone of healthcare: 3 CNOs on what COVID-19 has taught us about nursing

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the crucial role nurses play in the U.S. healthcare system, bringing a spirit of strength, ingenuity and courage to their work. 


Coronavirus: Four nurses on four continents tell their story

Nursing day is celebrated on 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Línea. 'Mum told me she feels grateful to have ...


New WHO resource on enhancing competencies of primary care nurses

For International Nurses Day on 12 May, WHO/Europe has published a set of resources to support countries to invest in and strengthen their primary health-care nursing workforce.



District Health Boards to get $3.9b increase over four years in 2020 Budget

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.


Budget not specific on opportunities

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says it is pleased to see significant investment into health and disabilities in the 2020 Budget, but wants more detail about how that money will be targeted, lest important opportunities be missed.



Covid-19: Waitākere review finds PPE usability problems at hospital

Staff at Waitākere Hospital had little time to prepare a ward for Covid-19 patients and there were problems with the usability of the PPE provided to them, an urgent review has found.


Waitematā DHB deputy boss apologises to nurses over Covid-19 outbreak

Three nurses at Waitākere hospital likely contracted Covid-19 on a stressful day when a patient died and others were sick and confused, Waitematā DHB says.


Who knew what when Covid-19 reached Waitakere

One of the nurses, a 26-year-old, is still critically ill in a High Dependency Unit ... DHB covers both Waitakere and North Shore Hospitals in Auckland.


Covid 19 coronavirus: Inside the deadly St Margaret's rest home cluster

NZ Nurses Organisation kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said nurses spoke up because they needed to feel safe. "It certainly was different from the gear our ...


Covid-19: Government to release contact tracing 'digital diary app' on Wednesday

An app to help people record where they have been on any given day will be released on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced


Covid 19 coronavirus: New Zealand's readiness for a second wave in focus

New Zealand remains on track to stamping out Covid-19 but a second wave of the potentially deadly virus can't be ruled out and health experts fear we may not be ready.


How to respond to a spike in Covid-19

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says it’s likely that there will be a rise in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, so while there is no need to return to national lockdown, protection of vulnerable people is necessary


NZ Covid Tracer: What our coronavirus contact tracing app looks like

The Government's new coronavirus contact tracing app is now available to download – a day earlier than its official launch date.



'Massive' demand for flu vaccines, though less flu around due to Covid-19 lockdown

Tighter control needs to be brought in ahead of next year's influenza season to prevent panic buying and stockpiling leading to a vaccine shortage, experts warn.


Ministry of Health says influenza vaccine demand surpasses supply

The Ministry of Health says it does not have enough doses of influenza vaccine to meet increased demand brought about by Covid-19.



Covid-19 mental health survey shows Kiwis are 'stressed but resilient' - Waikato Uni

Psychologists at the University of Waikato have released preliminary results of their survey looking into New Zealanders’ mental health during the Covid-19 crisis, and the findings show Kiwis are feeling stressed but resilient.


Covid 19 coronavirus: Fewer suicides during lockdown level 4 - Chief Coroner

Warning: This article discusses suicide and may be upsetting for some readers.

The suicide rate dropped during the level 4 lockdown, the Chief Coroner says.

Judge Deborah Marshall is directly contradicting reports that there had been a rise in suicides during the 33 days of level 4, although she said she would not be releasing the actual figures for the period. 



Government to invest millions into family violence services

The government is investing an extra $202 million over the next four years to strengthen family and sexual violence services.


Budget 2020: Free school lunches to feed 200,000 kids, as part of $1b Government support package

State-funded school lunches will feed 200,000 children by the middle of next year, as the Government pledges to spend roughly $1 billion on New Zealanders in need.



Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function - research

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease -sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ - in heavy cannabis users. 



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The healing power of data: Florence Nightingale’s true legacy

When you’re in a medical emergency, you don’t typically think of calling a statistician. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has shown just how necessary a clear understanding of data and modelling is to help prevent the spread of disease.



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

 Learning to lead: A scoping review of undergraduate nurse education.

Scammell, JME, Apostolo, JLA, Bianchi, M, et al. 

 J Nurs Manag. 2020; 28: 756– 765.


To explore undergraduate student's preparation for leadership roles upon registration.


Effective leadership is vital when promoting positive workplace cultures and high‐quality care provision. However, newly registered nurses are not always well‐prepared for leadership roles.


Incivility through the continuum of nursing: A concept analysis. 

Patel, SE, Chrisman, M. 

Nurs Forum. 2020; 1– 8.

The aim of this study is to explore the gap between incivility in the workplace and academia and develop a connection to the psychosocial distress effects on the victims.


While incivility in nursing has reached epidemic proportions in the past decade, the current definitions of incivility are limited to the workplace or academia and lack consideration of the consequences related to the social well‐being of the victim


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 of Tuesday 19 May 2020


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