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News bulletin 19 Auguston 19 August
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 508 Wednesday 19 August 2020
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Nurses at Auckland's Eden Park Covid-19 testing centre have been working up to 19 hour days to meet demand for coronavirus tests. Newshub's Lucy ...
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has today announced a ... NZNO and employer advocates, the NZ Medical Association and Green ...
Nurses Organisation Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says nurses on the frontline are being abused and bearing the brunt of anxious people waiting in long lines at community testing centres for Covid-19 swabs. She is also calling for a standard testing programme for frontline medical staff, in line with border and port workers.
Wanting better management of her baby daughter’s severe facial eczema was behind a Hamilton practice nurse creating a clinic that is delivering great results for the practice’s under five-year-olds suffering from the painful skin condition – and their families. Read more
It comes after thousands of nurses returned to the nursing workforce as part of the temporary register in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Healthcare workers have spoken about what it is like inside Victoria's facilities ... Zanker told the programme staff were overwhelmed, with nurses often ...
The WHO published the first COVID-19 Strategic Response and Preparedness Plan progress report highlighting the progress made during the pandemic through June 30, 2020. The report discusses key challenges faced during the pandemic and provides an update on the resource requirements needed for the nest phase of WHO’s response, part of an unprecedented United Nations approach to the pandemic.
AGED CARE AND ELDERLY
The Chief Ombudsman says his independent inspections of privately run aged care facilities offer some valuable lessons as the sector enters another ‘lockdown’. Read more
A secure dementia facility tried to stop the chief ombudsman inspecting their operation during the Covid-19 lockdown, despite him having the legal right too.
Loneliness and social isolation due to an extended Covid alert level could increase the mental and physical vulnerabilities of more than half a million elderly New Zealanders.
The Aged Care Association is calling for Covid-19 tests to be made available for staff in rest homes.
COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
Epidemiologists say New Zealand needs a new, more generic pandemic plan which caters to worst-case scenarios.
Pacific health specialist Dr Collin Tukuitonga is worried that the latest community transmission of covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand “could get very messy”.
Almost 1700 foreigners expressed interest in entering New Zealand as essential health workers in the three months after the borders closed, but only 21 were granted approval, new figures show.
Contrary to Mathew Hooton's comment (NZ Herald, August 14), whether Jacinda
Ardern or Judith Collins is prime minister next year, neither would allow Covid-19 to gain a hold in New Zealand. They will not be so ill-informed.
Can face masks help slow the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19? Yes, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the virus.
Australia is poised to sign a multi-million dollar deal with a British pharmaceutical giant to purchase and produce up to 30 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine, in an agreement which would also support New Zealand and South Pacific nations.
Slipshod record-keeping by Southern District Health Board mental health staff has once more been criticised, this time by mental health commissioner Kevin Allan, in a report into the apparent suicide of a patient on hospital grounds.
Christchurch is gearing up to open its shiny new hospital - the country's largest - in November, but lurking beneath is a leadership team at loggerheads.
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has lost a fifth senior executive within weeks with the resignation of chief medical officer Sue Nightingale on Friday.
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) plans to put non-urgent patient referrals into a pool before putting them on a waiting list.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation was aware of the proposal but declined to comment. Waikato DHB has not replied to requests for further ...
Waikato DHB might be $72.4m in the red, but it’s actually a good result, according to its boss.
Next year’s plan is to shrink it to $29m, and an injection of extra Government funding is expected to help.
A project to understand why Tongan diabetes patients were reluctant to begin insulin treatment has not only resulted in improved medication uptake, but many are now being treated for other, previously undiagnosed conditions as well, thanks to greater engagement with their general practice.
With a new range of Covid-19 restrictions in place, the use of phone and video conferencing for consultations by Counties Manukau Health looks set to rise.
But what does telehealth mean for patients and what are its pitfalls?
The discussion about assisted dying often centres around people who are suffering being given the choice to die when they want, on their terms – but what do those final moments actually entail?
A sore throat, runny nose, a cough. They are all symptoms of Covid-19, but for many, they are also the symptoms of hay fever.
As we enter peak pollen season, people who experience asthma and hay fever are being urged to ensure their conditions are under control and to be aware of the differences between their usual reactions and any other viral symptoms.
"Some of the reasons we have high rates of hay fever are our environment," says Allergy New Zealand allergy advisor Penny Jorgensen. "Grass is widespread across the country and we've got a windy climate that blows pollen around. Grass pollen is a major trigger."
We as nurses want to see our profession thrive and be prepared for the future. We as individuals can take actions that will lead to advancements in nursing as a whole. These steps on their own may not seem like much, but the following can lead to long-term change and elevate the profession.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Hackett R, Gearry R, Ho C, McCombie A, Mackay M, Murdoch K, Rosser K, Visesio N, Inns S.
Clin Exp Gastroenterol. 2020;13:285-292
Aim: This study audits the delivery and standards of New Zealand (NZ) inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care against international standards, with emphasis on the IBD nursing role.
The article below is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access
How Does Workplace Bullying Influence Nurses’ Abilities to Provide Patient Care? A Nurse Perspective.
Anusiewicz, C.V., Ivankova, N.V., Swiger, P.A., Gillespie, G.L., Li, P. and Patrician, P.A. (2020),
J Clin Nurs. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jocn.15443
Aims and objectives
To explore how workplace bullying influences nurses’ abilities to provide patient care.
Nurses’ experiences of workplace bullying undermines nursing work environments and potentially threatens patient care. Although there is a link between nurses’ experiences of workplace bullying and poor patient care, additional exploration is necessary as current evidence remains underdeveloped and inconclusive.
Bullying in nursing: How has it changed over 4 decades?.
Hartin, P., Birks, M. and Lindsay, D. (2020),
J Nurs Manag. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jonm.13117
This study sought to explore how bullying in the nursing profession in Australia has changed over four decades, and why it continues to persist.
Bullying in nursing is recognized as a pervasive problem. While much attention has been given to demonstrating the existence and impact of bullying in the nursing profession, little is understood about the evolution of this phenomenon and factors that contribute to its persistence.
Moral distress and moral uncertainty in medical assistance in dying: A simultaneous evolutionary concept analysis.
Dorman, JD, Raffin Bouchal, S.
Nurs Forum. 2020; 55: 320– 330. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12431
To develop a simultaneous, evolutionary concept analysis of moral distress and moral uncertainty in the context of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).
Moral distress is well represented in nursing literature but disagreement persists in how the concept is defined and understood. Moral uncertainty has not been investigated in‐depth. Further definition and conceptual clarity is required to understand these concepts within the context of MAiD.
CALL FOR ARTICLES
Call for articles – Journal of Indigenous wellbeing
The Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly online journal that shares multi-disciplinary indigenous knowledge and research experience amongst indigenous health professionals, leaders, researchers and community members. The journal publishes original, informative and scholarly articles on the broadly defined topic of indigenous wellbeing. Serving as a forum for the clarification and exchange of ideas, the journal features articles on projects that make a significant impact on our understanding of indigenous wellbeing (see more).
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