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No. 498 Wednesday 10 June 2020

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



Aloha Sison’s journey through the four Cs

There are four Cs that drive Aloha Sison, a clinical nurse specialist in Waikato DHB’s Older Persons and Rehabilitation service - competence, confidence, character and compassion.


Nurse laid-off in lockdown turns entrepeneur, opening ear clinic

A nurse who lost her job in lockdown has turned misfortune into opportunity by opening her own health clinic. Donna Isaacson​ worked at Triton ...


Aged-care nurses fed up with wage disparity launch campaign for fair pay

Registered nurse Nick Lim cares for Marina Jackson at Chatswood Rest Home in Christchurch. Trustworthy, accurate and reliable news stories are more ...


Primary health care nurses failed by funding lack - NZNO

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has been negotiating the Primary Health Care Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (PHC MECA) since November last year. However, NZNO Industrial Advisor Chris Wilson says the additional funding needed to achieve pay parity with district health board (DHB) nurses has not been forthcoming, and that this is largely why negotiations have failed for so long.


$2.3 million contract for new NP and enrolled nurse jobs in primary health

... contract tender to include partnering with suitable PHOs and the College of Mental Health Nurses, says NP and University of Auckland NP practicum ...



More than 600 nurses have died around the world from COVID-19, association says

Death toll more than doubled in past month, International Council of Nurses says


Why America's Nurses Were Not Prepared For The Coronavirus Pandemic

Tener Veenema, a fellow at the American Academy of Nursing; and Diane Meyer, an analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security explain ...


Future of nursing: Supporting nurses across settings

As care grows in non-acute settings, the differences in workforce preferences and priorities must be accounted for. Health systems and other healthcare providers should tailor strategies to adequately meet varied workforce needs across care settings.  Read more


Study: Nurses may have poorest perceptions of workplace safety climate

The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. Low ratings of workplace safety may also be associated with increased job stress ...


High workload for ICU nurses may increase risk of organ failure for patients

The findings are published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The levels of nursing workload and understaffing were at their worst on weekends. The ...



Dementia: 'Urgent action needed now more than ever'

A national response plan has now been developed to address one of the most significant health challenges facing New Zealand after Covid-19 Read more



National Bowel Screening Programme restart underway - Ministry of Health

The National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) restart is beginning with asking people who received a bowel screening test kit in the mail just before or during the COVID-19 Level 4 lock down to complete their kit and send it back.


New Zealand Has Worse Survival For Bowel Cancer Than Comparable Countries

An international study out today shows there is plenty of work to be done to improve advanced bowel cancer survival rates in New Zealand. Read more



Plunket's new website will help families, even if they don't have the internet

Kiwi families without internet or data on their phones can now access parenting support they need online, thanks to a new free-data website.   



Concern over DHBs' reluctance to use government's contact tracing system

Half of the country's district health boards are not using the government's national contact tracing system for Covid-19 and experts are warning this could make it harder to control a future outbreak of the virus.


Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ's death rate second lowest in OECD

New Zealand's Covid-19 death rate is the second-lowest among all developed countries - beaten only by Australia.


NZ humidity prevented spread of covid-19 pandemic - research

New research conducted by Professor Michael Ward, an epidemiologist in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, and two researchers from the Fudan University School of Public Health in Shanghai showed that humidity is an important factor in the transmission of covid-19.


COVID-19 outbreak lasts days longer for each day's delay in social distancing

A new analysis of COVID-19 outbreaks in 58 cities has found that places that took longer to begin implementing social distancing measures spent more time with the virus rapidly spreading than others that acted more quickly. Epidemiological researchers have published research finding every day a city delayed implementing social distancing measures after the appearance of a first case added 2.4 days to the length of the outbreak.


Scientists map how SARS-CoV-2 infects the airways

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China, has spread across the world, with more than 6.37 million people infected. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) affects the respiratory tract and may cause potentially fatal pneumonia.


WHO says coronavirus situation 'worsening' worldwide

The World Health Organization said Monday that the coronavirus pandemic situation was worsening around the globe, as it warned against complacency.



Funding formula doesn't take SDHB size into account, board finds

The Southern District Health Board will call for changes to the population-based funding formula when its reviewed by the Ministry of Health next year.



Pharmacists in 'ideal position' to help mental health patients

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand says community pharmacists are in an "ideal position" to help improve physical health outcomes for mental health patients. Read more


No hea koe? Finding the answer could help Maori health - Auckland University

A study hoping to make a positive difference for MÄori health in Aoteoroa will focus on those who might not have whakapapa knowledge and identity. Read more


'Quake brain' could give insight into future effects of COVID crisis - Otago Uni

‘Quake brain’ is a real phenomenon that impairs people’s memory even years after the shaking stops, a world-leading study from the University of Otago, Christchurch has shown.


Tween And Teen Anxiety Surges

Skylight counselling and resilience hub has noticed a surge in enquiries for help with tamariki experiencing back to school anxiety.   


Le Va launches new Pasifika Suicide Prevention Community Fund

As a longstanding advocate for Pasifika, Le Va is honoured to once again be selected by the Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Commissioning Office to administer part of a $3.1 million community fund which supports communities to create innovative solutions to prevent suicide.  



GPNZ 2020 Vision: Transforming To A Primary Care-led Health System

General practice leaders are calling for a fundamental shift in the focus of health services away from hospitals and towards community-based services in order to tackle New Zealand’s systemic health challenges.


Calls for health system overhaul and creation of primary care hubs 

Your GP could become your one-stop health shop.

In a move which would make it easier for the patient and cost less to the taxpayer, doctors are calling for more procedures to take place in primary care



Anti-vax sentiment growing among a third of Kiwis

Anti-vax sentiment is becoming more entrenched among nearly a third of Kiwis – a worrying trend one leading scientist has blamed on a social media-driven "misinfodemic".



Māori mothers describe child welfare system as dangerous and brutal in new report

Māori mothers of newborns involved with Oranga Tamariki say the child welfare system is dangerous, brutal and racist.



Disasters and nursing: Are you ready?

In an era where the effects of a warming climate are apparent every day, natural disasters are on the rise—including coastal storms, blizzards, flooding, prolonged droughts, and wildfires. What does this mean for nurses and the organizations that employ them? 


The organisational socialisation of new graduate nurses and midwives within three months of their entrance into the health workforce

Se Ok Ohr , Doreen Holm, Michelle Giles

Vol. 37 No. 2 (2020): March - May 2020

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Objective: To investigate if the current onboarding process influences the organisational socialisation of new graduate nurses and midwives into the workforce. 

Background: Positive organisational socialisation experience for new graduate nurses and midwives during their entry into the healthcare environment is an important contributor when building an organisation’s ability to increase workforce capacity. However, few studies have investigated the onboarding processes to promote their organisational socialisation.


Registered nurses as role models for healthy lifestyles

Penny Heidke, Wendy L Madsen, Erika M Langham

Vol. 37 No. 2 (2020): March - May 2020

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing

Objective: The aim of this paper is to report on registered nurses’ adherence to current Australian health behaviour recommendations. Barriers and facilitators to healthy lifestyles, and their attitudes towards being role models and promoting healthy lifestyles to their patients.


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 9 June 2020

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