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News bulletin 24 Juneon 24 June
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 500 Wednesday 24 June 2020
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Dr Bev Mackay, NorthTec's nursing pathway manager, said the polytechnic cannot currently meet the demand for Bachelor of Nursing graduates in ...
SIT has been among the very first in New Zealand to embrace cutting-edge technology such as augmented reality for training students, with the first ...
The risk of a second wave of Covid-19 in New Zealand is there and is real, according to an emergency nurse.
International Council of Nurses urges governments to act now to protect staff
The federal government will fund an extra 39,000 university places by 2023 in a package that will restructure the amounts students have to pay for courses to encourage them to “make more job-relevant choices”.
A new study shows that residents of long-term care facilities with lower nurse staffing levels, poorer quality scores, and higher concentrations of disadvantaged residents suffer from higher rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
In the Year of the Nurse, during National Nurses Month in May and certainly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and other health professionals on the front lines treating patients have been acclaimed as heroes—and heroes they are
The emergency triage protocol is used in catastrophic medicine situations, when the needs surpass healthcare resources, in the event of natural disasters, multiple accidents or terrorist attacks. The development of consensual clinical assessment criteria that substantiates the medical decisions during triage in these situations is still an open issue, despite several protocols being described in this regard. The current COVID-19 pandemic has posed a new scenario for the use of emergency triage for the admission of patients in ICUs.
AGING AND AGED CARE
As older New Zealanders have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic, an Otago researcher warns there needs to be an emphasis on addressing older people’s future needs and to help reduce ageing inequities. Read more
The 22 Covid-19 deaths will pale in comparison to the wave of deaths from cancer that will hit New Zealand, a respected oncologist predicts.
A leading public health expert is backing the Opposition's attack on Covid-19 border controls saying a rigorous system is a matter of life or death.
The Government has ordered regular mandatory testing of people working at the border including air crew and people working in quarantine and isolation centres as it faces continued pressure over past failures.
The Chief Ombudsman is to begin inspections of COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facilities set up for people arriving from overseas.
"Nurses out there were putting their lives in danger and were saying clearly then 'we've got access problems to PPE gear'," New Zealand Nurses ...
Covid-19 testing times and contact tracing in Auckland have failed to meet the "gold standard" set by the Ministry of Health, according to data released to RNZ.
WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 spreads easily among people who live together and other family members, even before an infected person shows any symptoms, new research shows.
World leaders must not politicise the coronavirus pandemic but unite to fight it, the head of the World Health Organisation has warned, reminding all that the pandemic is still accelerating and producing record daily increases in infections.
The Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa has estimated in a submission to Pharmac last month that New Zealand’s long delayed adoption of modern diabetes medicines is leading to the death of about 800 people each year.
A High Court judge says hospices will not be forced to provide assisted dying services if New Zealanders vote to legalise voluntary euthanasia at this year's general election.
The biggest shake-up of the health system in a generation has been released to mixed reviews this week.
OPINION: It’s a truism that the answer you get depends very much on the kind of question that you ask.
Last week’s landmark review by Heather Simpson into the health and disability system was no exception. Simpson’s summarised terms of reference don’t once mention the f-word: funding. Even the expanded terms of reference from back in 2018 mention it only once.
Aotearoa New Zealand has the opportunity to provide global leadership in responding to mental distress and addiction says Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan.
Mental health and addiction services have got worse for Māori since work began to overhaul the system nearly two years ago and serious gaps remain for young mums and those in forensic units, according to a new report from the mental health commissioner, Kevin Allan.
The Mental Health Foundation says targeted funding towards kaupapa Māori services will alleviate growing demand for services, and help change the culture of the mental health sector. Read more
OBESITY / SUGAR
Unhealthy diets are responsible for about one fifth of all preventable ill-health and premature deaths but, according to a new report from a panel of more than 50 independent and government experts nationwide, the Government has made virtually no progress on implementing healthy food policies in the last three years.
There are calls to review Pharmac's use of sole supply agreements with drug manufacturers in the wake of several shortages of medicines.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH REPORTS
The Ministry of Health has published the Independent Review of COVID-19 Clusters in Aged Residential Care Facilities report.
The report was commissioned by the Director-General of Health in April to learn from clusters of COVID-19 in Aged Care facilities so New Zealand would be better placed to manage any further occurrences.
The report, includes a number of recommendations for improvements which the Ministry will be seeking feedback from the sector on. Following the feedback on the recommendations the approach, priorities and agreed actions can be confirmed.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
The article below is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access
The scope and variance of clinical nurse specialist job descriptions
Ann-Marie Cannaby, Vanda Carter, Peter Rolland, Aimee Finn, and James Owen
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 29, No. 11: 606-611.
Specialist nurses have been part of the nursing workforce for decades but articulating the scope of such roles, educational requirements, professional expertise and levels of pay is still widely debated within the workplace. This article reports on a study that examined a sample of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) job descriptions from across the UK. One hundred job descriptions were sourced, originating from various healthcare settings, and audited to explore their scope and content. In conclusion, the job descriptions showed a high level of agreement of the scope domains of a CNS role but were less consistent when considering the experience and educational requirements of CNSs.
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