News bulletin 3 June

on 3 June

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 497 Wednesday 3 June 2020

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


Māori nurses call for immediate intervention

Some Māori nurses are fed up with being racially attacked by their colleagues and are urging the New Zealand Nursing Council to intervene immediately.


Report Reveals Frontline Nurses' Struggles During COVID-19 Pandemic

A recently released report by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the McGuinness Institute highlights the challenges faced by NZNO ...


ESR research nurses go mobile

Two Wellington nurses have taken an ordinary campervan and turned it into a mobile clinic all in the name of influenza and COVID-19 research.  


Pacific graduate on track to become nurse practitioner - Massey Uni

When Catherine Tu’akalau graduates this week, it will be another study milestone, but not the end of her academic journey. The registered nurse will be conferred with her Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, but is already partway through her next degree. Her aim is to become New Zealand’s first Pacific nurse practitioner focused on child health. And to do that, she needs her master’s degree.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre staff and patients make sacrifices

Patients undergoing chemotherapy without family by their side, nurses sending kids away to live with whānau, and healthcare assistants not being able to give hugs.

These are some of the sacrifices staff and patients at Whangārei's Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre have had to make to keep the unit free of Covid-19.


Ministry funds will support extra nurse practitioners in rural services

The ministry is partnering with the New Zealand Rural General Practice ... “If a practice team has a nurse in their team who is ready for a nurse ...


Equity army: nurse prescribing now part of Hawke's Bay iwi health provider's kaupapa

Last year, Mr Munyaradzi graduated from the University of Auckland qualifying as a pharmacist prescriber. Why stop there? Ms Te Ngahue isn't resting ...


Review highlights need for cohesive national contact tracing system

Stronger links between public health units, the national tracing service, and Healthline are needed to improve rapid contact tracing, an independent review has found.


How were healthcare workers infected with Covid-19 at work? The Ministry of Health doesn't know

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act workers are entitled to work in environments where health risks are properly controlled. Kerri Nuku ...


Unions challenge WorkSafe on Covid-19 infections at Waitākere Hospital

Health unions are furious at WorkSafe's decision not to investigate how seven nurses caught Covid-19 at Waitākere Hospital.


Covid-19: Huge shortfall in public health investment, College of Public Health says

The number of doctors in public health units confronting the pandemic is in crisis, but there is no sign of a plan to fix the situation.  


Coronavirus: Covid-19 will make health inequality worse, experts say

Māori and Pasifika health inequalities are expected to get worse as a result of the Covid-19 economic fall out and delayed access to healthcare.  



Asians reluctant to seek help for mental health reach out during pandemic

A charity providing mental health support to Asians says a government grant will help it meet the surging demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic but a long-term strategy is needed.


Health Ministry 'considering options' to increase funding

The Health Ministry says the 2020 Budget has not delivered any "additional sustainable" funding to bolster the country's public health units.



Prevent Burnout With These Six Self-Care Strategies

What are the key methods that nurses and doctors use to prevent burnout? This question was at the heart of a recent study published in Critical Care Nurse, the clinical practice journal of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, “Self-care Strategies to Combat Burnout Among Pediatric Critical Care Nurses and Physicians.” This face to face study, conducted among a group of 20 nurses and physicians in pediatric intensive care and intermediate care units, explores six different strategies to help mitigate burnout



CTU Launches Petition Calling For Safer Sick Leave In Light Of COVID-19

Everyone at work should be well. The experience of COVID-19 has taught us how important it is that people stay home when they are sick. It’s best for them and it’s best for everyone else in the workplace to stop bugs spreading.



Experiences of compassion fatigue in direct care nurses

a qualitative systematic review

Salmond, Erin …. Et al

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports: May 2019 - Volume 17 - Issue 5 - p 682-753

doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003818


The objective of this review was to describe the experiences of direct care nurses with work-related compassion fatigue.


Revising a clinical ladder program to increase nurse participation


To recruit and retain a strong, competent nursing workforce, healthcare organizations must provide programs that support new nurses, beginning with onboarding and throughout their careers.

The ideal clinical ladder program should engage nurses, be easy to understand and navigate, and adapt to changing needs.

The purpose of PDAP is to encourage clinical nurses’ professional development and advance their individual practice.


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 2 June 2020

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