News bulletin 26 October 2011

on 26 October

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 77 – 26 October 2011 

From NZ media this week 

Card connects teens to health care
Young people in Palmerston North have no excuse for not knowing where to get free healthcare, after the release of a youth health services card. 

Healthcare system, heal thyself
The Ko Awatea Centre in Middlemore aims to connect community healthcare with world-class innovation and ideas, writes Juha Saarenin 

WorkWell Wins Innovation Award!
The WorkWell team from Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service proudly took first place at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) 2011 Innovation Awards. 

Think ‘blue for the head’ when making the bed
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is introducing a simple, cost-neutral infection control practice in all of its facilities using a colour coding system for pillows. 

International media

Patient safety is most likely spark for nurse industrial action
The reason nurses are most likely to consider taking industrial action over are staff or service cuts they believe will reduce patient safety, according to a survey by Nursing Times. 

Calls to test language skills of all non-UK health staff
Patients face “unacceptable risks” to their safety as a result of laws that allow medics to practise anywhere across the EU, peers have claimed. 

WHO's patient safety curriculum guide for health educators
The World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific today launched a patient safety curriculum guide for health educators to help stem the millions of deaths that occur globally each year from unsafe patient care and practices. 

5 ways telemedicine can boost care in rural communities
Shahid Shah, author of the Healthcare IT Guy blog, discusses five ways that rural communities are reaping care benefits from telemedicine, starting with online video systems and meetings -- which allow increased access to caregivers -- and in-home patient monitoring tools. 

Future nurses set to recieve more training in public health
The nursing workforce will in future receive more training in general health prevention as part of the government’s policy on public health, a senior Department of Health clinician has hinted. 

Nurses must not 'ignore' patients' requests for assisted suicide, RCN advises
Nurses must resist the temptation to “ignore” requests to assist their patients to die, the Royal College of Nursing has advised.  

Meet the Sims
Study to assess effectiveness of simulation in undergraduate nursing educationThe National Simulation Study explores the effectiveness of simulation and is expected to help determine to what degree simulation can effectively substitute for traditional clinical experience. 

College of Nursing Australia to Launch Nurse Leadership Program
The College of Nursing Australia will inaugurate next year its Emerging Nurse Leader program, a five-year national program to further empower nursing students of the future. 

Public health

Managing the diabetes epidemic
Kidney failure, amputation, blindness, premature heart disease and stroke are among the health risks faced by people with diabetes. 

Doctors urge mass measles vaccination to beat outbreak
Auckland's public health service has stopped tracking people exposed to measles because there are now so many  


Te Pou:  Handover
In this edition we demystify the Nursing Council Health Process, hear from Helen Warren, a senior lecturer at AUT who is incorporating Let’s get real into some of the papers she teaches, profile Kahu McClintock and her doctoral thesis Te Tomokanga Acceptable CAMHS for Maori in Aotearoa: Caregivers perspectives. There are also regular columns from the regional workforce coordinators, and Te Pou’s Carolyn Swanson, Mark Smith and Tony Farrow, plus lots of useful information in the Nursing Digest.Follow the link to the newsletter from here:  

Articles of interest

Your role in redesigning healthcare
Mounting evidence provided by Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports, regulatory and legislative mandates, and the aligning of financial resources through these regulations have created the tipping point for radical change in healthcare. 

Partnering and Leadership: Core Requirements for Developing a Dedicated Education Unit
Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 10 - pp 401-406
Preparing new nurses to practice independently and provide safe and effective care has always been a priority for nurse leaders in academe and service but is becoming more of a challenge as patient acuity intensifies and care systems become more complex. Recent reports by the Carnegie Foundation1 and by the Institute of Medicine and RWJF2 call for nurse leaders to improve how nurses are prepared and educated by reducing the gap between classroom and clinical teaching and making better use of resources and partnerships available in the community. The development of a dedicated education unit is one strategy to address this gap. 

Online resources

Healthy living: it’s in everyone: a guide to healthy living for families who have a child or youth living with mental health challenges
(2011). British Columba: Kelty Mental Health.
 Many children and youth with mental health challenges face unique obstacles to healthy living due to such things as symptoms of their illness, the medication they are on, or the stigma they may face.  

Healthy living: healthy minds: a toolkit for health professionals: promoting healthy living for children and youth with mental health challenges
(2011). British Columba: Kelty Mental Health
 Many children and youth with mental health challenges face unique obstacles to healthy living due to such things as symptoms of their illness, the medication they are on, or the stigma they may face.

 Online publications

Shared Status and Advocating Practices: Nurses Who Work with Clients Who Have a Co-existing Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Problem
This research is informed by the interpretive phenomenology of van Manen, and explores the lived experience of nursing fiom the perspective of nurses who provide care for people with a co-existing intellectual disability and mental health problem. Although nursing research is commonly informed by phenomenology, there is a dearth of literature of any description written fiom the perspective of nurses who provide care for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. As a result of the closure of many large institutions in New Zealand there are not many nurses who work with people who have intellectual disabilities and co-existing mental health problems. The study participants were four nurses purposefully selected because they provided care for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews, and the researcher identified and wrote about the recurring themes in the transcribed interview data, which best captured the lived experience of the participants. The themes were: criticism of services, holistic caring, working with the client, issues of status, need for specialist knowledge, enduring relationships, diagnostic issues, advocating, modelling good practice; and working alongside. After further analysis the themes were encompassed within the larger interrelated themes of "Status and positioning" and "Advocating practices", and fmally within a single theme of: "The status and positioning of the nurse and the client leads to advocating practices." These themes were found to be consistent with the nursing literature and with the researchers own lived experience as a nurse who works in a specialist mental health intellectual disability service. The fmdings of this research have implications for a number of groups in New Zealand. Input is required fiom the Nursing Council ofNew Zealand, the nursing profession, nurse educators and the New Zealand Government to raise the status of clients with co-existing intellectual disabilities and mental health problems and the nurses who work with this client group. The roles for nurses who work with this client group are emerging and are likely to be diverse and there is a need for further research to capture the different experiences of these nurses.  

 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 at Tuesday 25 October 2011 If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email

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